Sarah Palin's National Security Credentials

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New Info On Palin from The Washington Post. The following is an email I received from a reliable friend. Anyone care to Fact-Check and Snopes this info?
Just picked up some little known info on Palin's National Security Credentials. Some have shrugged off her position as Commander of the Alaskan National Guard, but see this:

TRUTH! Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It's on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units. As Governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden's.

She's also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), TRUTH! a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security's TRUTH! counterterrorism plans. Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country's defense. Given Alaska's proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don't even know about.

According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.

She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is!

Thanks for reading.

8 comments:

tahtimbo said...

Thank you for this information. I never knew any of this. All the media does is tout her supposed inexperience. I feel that she is more than qualified for the position. Now, after reading your article, I have even more faith in her qualifications and her experience. Thank you again.

September 16, 2008 3:28 PM
Margaret said...

I can't help but wonder why the McCain campaign isn't trying to cash in on this if it's true (it SOUNDS true, so I'm not trying to say it isn't -- it makes perfect sense even). Maybe they don't want the world to realize how "in" Alaska really is when it comes to National Defense.

Given the precarious position with Russia these days, it wouldn't surprise me.

September 16, 2008 3:36 PM
Lady Rose said...

Hi Matt - just stopping by to say I enjoy your comments on my blog a lot - and replied to the last one too. Lively discussion is always welcome! :)

Defense isn't the only issue - the economy is a huge issue. From what I've seen of her fiscal management her record isn't that good. She only stopped the bridge to no where when it became unpopular - but the money wasn't returned. There are other issues too like taxes and debt - that have been mentioned in various places around the web.

September 16, 2008 3:44 PM
Matt said...

Very informative. It bears more checking to be sure, but it wouldn't surprise me a bit if it, indeed, turns out to all be true. I think she is a potential game-breaker in Washington. Good post!

September 16, 2008 8:34 PM
Len said...

And she can see Russia from her house!

And... did you know that the governor of Colorado is in command of the Cheyenne Mountain Complex?

September 17, 2008 12:29 AM
Matthew S. Urdan said...

Tahtimbo--my pleasure...the media only reports half-truths and soundbites. I got really upset about this, almost irrationally so, when Sarah Palin was introduced following Obama's convention speech. I don't know, I seem to be on this higher mission from God to provide anti-MSNBC news analysis. That was a joke.

Margaret--there are things BOTH candidates are not doing that are baffling. Neither one is really talking about specific economic programs to help our country. Neither candidate is focused on issues. Neither candidate appears to really want to be honest and open with the American people. Neither candidate seems to want to dispel all these lies with the truth, yet both candidates still seem to want to produce insulting campaign ads and keep making cheap shots at each other while their surrogates keep self-destructing in the media.

I don't get it. What happened to the Straight Talk Express? Bring on the debates!

Lady Rose--I agree with you 100%. I don't understand the Bridge to Nowhere Issue being promoted after it's been seriously debunked by the media. I do know that the money was used for other projects in Alaska, it just wasn't wasted on the bridge--which Sarah Palin only turned against once it was clear that it wasn't going to happen.

The thing is, none of us knows the whole story on any of these issues, and the more that keeps coming out, the more credence there is to reports on both sides of the issue. Nothing is ever black and white, but always some shade of gray. The truth is in the gray. And the media report it as black or white.

The deficit is the biggest issue of this campaign, but neither candidate is discussing it yet. And with all the bailouts going on and the plunge of the stockmarket, and this ludicris argument that the fundamentals of the economy are strong, I don't see a substantive debate on the deficit--which is crippling America and making other nations rich.

I want much more substantive debate and there's so much more I want to know. But I'm not going to stand by and let the media get away with outright lies and falsehoods and negative spin. I just can't stand it any more. My BS meter and my sense of injustice is just too high this election cycle.

Matt--thanks for your comments...everything I can find out about this report is that it's true.

Len--that is the best line ever from the best Saturday Night Live skit ever. And I have that video posted on this blog. I don't beleive the governor of Colorado is in command of Cheyenne Mountain, but I'm pretty darned sure he is briefed on alerts.

Cheers!

September 17, 2008 9:22 AM
Lady Rose said...

More is coming out about Palin's fiscal irresponsbility with the sports complex - she left the town with a huge debt because she insisted on going ahead with building before the town even own the land - the more facts that come out about that whole project, the more convinced I am she can't handle a national budget.

I know the media unfortunately only gives us mostly sound bites, and yes both sides have their skeltons in the closet, and there are two sides to every story, with a lot of grey area to sift through to try find some grains of truth - but hopefully as the first blush of freshness wears off of Palin more truth and facts will come out to clarify things a bit.

I watched her answering questions at a recent town hall type meeting - the gibberish was overwhelming - granted all candidates use "political gibberish to a certain extent", but she didn't give any answers at all in the part of the meeting I saw. In a candidate, I at least want a little solid facts on policy and future plans mixed in with the gibberish.

Hubby (the history teacher) was telling me about the reports of three independant groups and what some McCain supporters are saying too - that Obama's plan for the economy is three times better and that McCain's plan has very little substance, and McCain is still saying the economy is OK even now - how any one can say the economy is still OK is beyond me.

I know the economy is a complicated issue - but McCain himself has said he doesn't understand it either, and Palin left the town she was mayor of a financial wreck - so I want a candidate that at least "gets it" - the economy is in trouble and at least as a plan and not just rose colored glasses that everything will be ok.

McCain was one of the few Republicans I could have voted for (if the democrats didn't have a decent candidate), or at least be comfortable with as President - but these past few months he worries me more and more too. He just seems so out of touch, more and more like Bush **shivers**, and why he is hiding behind Palin - why is everyone discussing her as if she is the presidential candidate. He is running for President, why aren't we discussing his policies, his plans, his thoughts. I guess the more Palin is pushed to the front - but more I feel McCain isn't up to the job of president.

Hopefully the political race will get back on track on the issues and the Presidental candidates.

Who ever folks vote for, I just hope they cast their vote based on facts (as best we can find them) and on rational thinking - and not vote based on "who do you want to sit down and have a beer with or go hunting with."

I forget who said it, but it went something likes this: "rather then vote for who you would want as a best friend (or is most like you), vote based on the "god parent" criteria - who would you want to leave entrusted with your child's future?"

I'm looking forward to the upcoming presidential debates.

And also look forward to reading your posts about them :) which as always I'm sure will be informative and insightful.

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