On being a Russia expert by virtue of contiguity:
“We have trade missions back and forth,” Palin told Couric. “We, we do, it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where, where do they go? It’s Alaska.”
Putin rears his head and comes into US air space? Is she Dr. Strangelove?
The LAT blog notes,
‘In fact, a veteran reporter from her home state, Hal Bernton, reported in the Seattle Times this month how Russian politicians had sought more contact with Palin, but in vain. The governor cut funding and her office’s participation, it seems, in the Northern Forum, which promotes relations between regional governments in the Northern Hemisphere.’
Note that Russia is not in the top 20 trading partners of Alaska.
I am not sure if it is the witch of deceit or of inarticulateness that is afflicting her,but I don’t think this guy finished the job: