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Rob Long: Sarah Palin, Right Again


Back in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama suggested that he'd violate the sovereignty of Pakistan in order to fight terrorism.

His opponent, John McCain, scoffed.  From the 2008 Time Capsule:

During Friday's debate, Obama criticized the Bush administration for sending billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan without ridding the border region of terrorists.
"If the United States has al Qaeda, bin Laden, top-level lieutenants in our sights, and Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act, then we should take them out," Obama added.
McCain fired back hard, arguing that newly elected Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari has had his "hands full" and suggesting that Obama's tough talk was na?ve. 
"You don't say that out loud," McCain said. "If you have to do things, you have to do things, and you work with the Pakistani government."

And then a kerfuffle erupted.  It was that rogue Sarah Palin.  She disagreed with her running mate.  Again, from the time capsule:

Palin's apparent disagreement with McCain's position on Pakistan came as the Alaska governor was picking up a couple of cheesesteaks at Tony Luke's in South Philadelphia. She was approached by a man wearing a Temple University t-shirt, who later identified himself as Michael Rovito. 
"How about the Pakistan situation?" Rovito asked. "What's your thoughts about that."
"In Pakistan?" Palin responded.
"What's going on over there, like Waziristian?"
"It's working with Zardari to make sure that we're all working together to stop the guys from coming in over the border," Palin said. "And we'll go from there."
"Waziristan is blowing up," Rovito replied.
"Yeah, it is," Palin said. "And the economy there is blowing up, too."
"So we do cross-border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan, you think?" Rovito asked.
"If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should," Palin said.

I especially love the cheesesteak detail.  She's right, she's clear, she's decisive, and she's carrying a couple of cheesesteaks.

I know I've been tough on her, but you have to give her credit: she was right and McCain was wrong.

(Hat tip, by the way, to the very witty and incisive Ben Domenech, who can be found here and here.)

The preceding article is from one of our external contributors. It does not represent the opinion of Benzinga and has not been edited.


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