Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor
October 21, 2008 12:56 PM
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin added more detail today to the GOP critique of Barack Obama using his running mate's prediction that a President Obama would be tested by an international crisis.
"Did you hear what Senator Biden said at a fundraiser on Sunday?" Palin asked supporters in Reno, Nev. "
He guaranteed that if Barack Obama is elected, we’ll face an international crisis within the first six months of their administration. He told Democrat donors to mark his words – that there were 'at least four or five scenarios' that would place our country at risk in an Obama administration. I guess we've got to say, 'Thanks for the warning, Joe!' "
"He didn’t specify what all those four or five scenarios will be, but for clues, let’s review the Obama foreign policy agenda," she said, not mentioning that Biden also said that Obama would pass those tests.
She cited Obama's pledge to meet with rogue leaders without preconditions, though he has softened that vow. "Let’s call that crisis scenario number one," Palin said.
She also mentioned Obama saying he would go into the tribal areas of Pakistan to go after Osama bin Laden if the Pakistani government wouldn't. "Invading the sovereign territory of a troubled partner in the war against terrorism," Palin said. "We’ll call that scenario number two."
She noted that Obama initially opposed the surge of additional US troops to Iraq last year, and argued that his plan for withdrawing combat troops within 16 months of taking office would leave "some 25 million Iraqis at the mercy of Iranian-supported Shiite extremists and al Qaeda in Iraq. By his own admission, this could mean our troops would have to go back to Iraq. Crisis scenario number three."
Palin asserted that after the Russian invasion of Georgia in August, "Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine next. That would be crisis scenario number four.
"But I guess the looming crisis that most worries the Obama campaign right now is Joe Biden’s next speaking engagement. Let’s call that crisis number five," she said as supporters guffawed.Palin then reminded the crowd that during the Democratic primaries last year, Biden said Obama wasn't ready to be commander-in-chief -- though he has obviously changed his mind about that -- and had praised McCain.
"And here we have some common ground," she said. "I want a president who spent 22 years in uniform defending our country, always putting his country first, fighting for you. I want a president who isn’t afraid to use the word 'victory' when he talks about the wars America is fighting. I do want a president who’s ready on day one.
I want a president with the experience and the judgment and the wisdom and the truthfullness to meet the next international crisis – or better yet to avoid it. I do want John McCain as our next commander-in-chief."