Friday, September 19, 2008

Palin's National Security Experience

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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:

"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), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security's 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."

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Knight in Dragonland said...

[...] foreign deployments of Guard units and the operation of national defense assets like the Ft. Greely missile interceptors are not the responsibility of state governors. Those functions come under the regular U.S. military chain of command.

Commanding the Alaska National Guard is hardly an insignificant job, military officials say. Still, they acknowledge that it provides little, if any, foreign policy experience.

L.A. Times, Sept 6, 2008

"Official: Palin's never issued an order to Alaska Guard." George Bryson, Anchorage Daily News, reported on McClatchy Online.

Mr. Widmer, I've always been impressed with the detailed analysis you do on some issues, especially public education. I've also been frequently disappointed with how little fact-checking and analysis you do when the evidence goes against your political bias.

This email you received is complete B.S. Palin is an utter neophyte when it comes to numerous issues of national importance, especially foreign policy.

McCain lost his most effective argument - experience - when he picked Palin as his running mate. She is obviously ill-prepared to serve as VPOTUS, and God help us all if she ever makes it to the Oval Office.

Merle Widmer said...

Dear Knight,

When I opened my business with $5,000.00 in 1964, I had 8 years experience in Sales Management and 5 years teaching of a variety of subjects. I knew nothing about financial management or accounting. My college degree was a Bachelor of Education. I HIRED people skilled in finance and accounting. When I sold my business 28 years later, 28 years of dealing with some of the stingiest bankers the community has ever known all congregated in Central illinois, I was a multi-millionaire and the company I sold still bears my name 16 years

Go figure.

You think "I" am biased then you aren't watching MSNBC; at least 3 commentators who are so full of venom, lies and distortions, they would have been qualified to handle the propaganda for the Third Reich.

All things I put on my site about Obama are more true than a national media such as MSNBC or CNN. You have opportunity to refute them with facts. Do you? You are welcome to use my site. What is your source of the "facts" you are presenting on my site? The L.A. times, you say? As far a left wing liberal news media as the New York Times. This newspaper has taken a half-truth to make it seem like the truth. A ploy of all left wing Democrats.

I note you say governors in the plural. Alaska )and their governor) is the closest state to Russia of 50 our states, not "57" as quoted by Obama. Illinois a long way from Russia and the "home" of a "present" voting demagogue and Marxist patterning "community organizer".

As to issuing an order to the ANG, where did SHE say she did? And "little experience" is better than none.

Thanks for reading me and our agreement on a large number of things.

Merle Widmer said...

Dear knight,

I suggest you click in on "Marthon Pundit". His blog site really tells it like it is.

I reccommend the same to all who read my blogs.

Knight in Dragonland said...

I agree ... several MSNBC commentators are biased, especially Keith Olbermann. However, conservatives have Fox News, which is at least as biased as MSNBC. CNN ... liberal? Have you watched Glenn Beck?

You call the LA Times biased, and that's likely true, at least as far as their editorial board. However, that does not mean that the LA Times misquoted Alaska National Guard officials. That's a serious accusation, Mr. Widmer.

You seem to place a lot of trust in random forwarded emails with no sourcing or attribution. The fact that state governors do not take responsibility for national defense assets like the Fort Greely missile defense system is just that ... a simple fact. They are part of the federal chain of command and answer ultimately to the Secretary of Defense and the POTUS. You can ridicule the source of this information all you want, but that doesn't change the truth that was written there.

Here are some more facts.

Fact ... Sarah Palin raised taxes as both mayor and governor.

Fact ... Wasilla had no debt when Sarah Palin was first elected mayor, but millions in debt when she left that office.

Fact ... Palin supported numerous pork barrel projects like those that you frequently lambast on the pages of your blog. The big project she supported in Wasilla was a recreational complex quite similar to the RiverPlex in Peoria. Haven't you frequently blogged about the RiverPlex as a complete boondoggle, Mr. Widmer? Well, Sarah Palin would give you more of the same ... but on a NATIONAL level.

Fact ... Palin supported the "Bridge to Nowhere". Here she is defending that project during the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial election. Yet despite evidence like this, she continues to bold-faced LIE to the American people and say she opposed the Gravina Island bridge ... over and over and over again.

Sarah Palin ... all lies, all hypocrisy, all the time.

Knight in Dragonland said...

The 57 states quote was obviously a slip of the tongue by a very tired Obama after a long campaign swing. Do you want me to come up with a list of all George W. Bush's misquotes for a comparison?

Cut the "Obama is a Muslim" crap. It's truly unworthy of discussion by anyone with an ounce of intelligence or simple decency.

Merle Widmer said...

Mr. Knight,

George Bush isn't running for president. The indoor hockey rink, running track, basketball court, etc., none of these were available in Wassila to my knowledge.

To my knowledge she wasn't competing against property tax paying private industry like the RiverPlex.

No comparison to rhe RiverPlex where the private sector and OSF was already providing everthing the Riverplex offered. Public sector competing with the prvate sector big time.

Also the Riverplex lost $7 million in the first 40 months of operation after projecting profits starting in the 3rd year. Letter to the editors in the JS CONFIRMED by the writer BEFORE the JS would print it. Despite PPD President Cassidy's statemment to the JS that revenues and taxes would meet the principal and interest on the bond; that has never happened amounting to an average of $800,000aditional loss per year.

The Fitness center at the RiverPlex lost $544 thousand plus last year confirmed by the PPD Financial Statement dated 12/31/07.

I have read up the Alaskan situation. Palin was not held totally responsible for the way the financial transactions were handled. I have seen no negative letters received from the residents. I am not aware she predicted the facilty in Wassila would produce a profit. The Peoria Park District Board and Administration did. That some would vote or work to defeat it proves the concept of a democracy in action.

The emails I forward, few out of the hundreds I recieve, contain info that I have already researched and that I have already confirmed elsewhere. When not researched, I state a disclaimer but I don't forward anything that is no my researched belief.

Of the dozens of emails I have forwarded to a couple hundred addresses, not a person has refuted my information and only a total of 4 have asked to be removed from my address book.

I ususally offer them the option.
All Democrats stating no reason.

Wassila was going nowhere when Palin become Mayor. Her successes helped propel her to defeating an incumbent from her own party!

Peoria had a ton of debt and has negible growth in the past 10 years, about the same as the State of illinois that has grown at the rate of 12,000 a year. One of the lowest three states in the nation.

As one reader said I don't get many comments because what I write is true.

I am not against growth in Peoria or Wassila in the enhancement arena. I ask that the promoters don't stretch the truth when selling the tax collecting expenditure to the often gullible public.