Sarah Palin Puts Some Words Together About Egypt
Sarah Palin became the latest political pundit to chime in on the situation in Egypt, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what she’s saying:
Sarah Palin has offered her first comments on the political crisis in Egypt, blasting the Obama administration and voicing concerns about the key Middle Eastern country being taken over by radical Islamic groups.
“This is that 3 a.m. White House phone call and … it seems that that call went right to the answering machine,” Palin told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody.
In the interview, taped late Friday and released Saturday evening, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate said the White House was not doing enough to inform the American people about what is happening in Egypt.
Palin said the administration must get more information and find out who “fills now the void in the government.” She said the U.S. “should not stand” for an Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
She did not offer specifics for how she would handle the crisis, saying only: “We need strength and sound mind there in the White House. We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with.”
“Remember, President Reagan lived that mantra trust but verify. We want to be able to trust those who are screaming for democracy there in Egypt, that it is a true sincere desire for freedoms and the challenge that we have though, is how do we verify what it is that we are being told, what it is that the American public are being fed via media, via the protestors, via the government there in Egypt in order for us to really have some sound information to make wise decisions on what our position is. Trust but verify, and try to understand is what I would hope our leaders are engaged in right now. Who’s going to fill the void? Mubarak, he’s gone, one way or the other you know, he is not going to be the leader of Egypt, that that’s a given, so now the information needs to be gathered and understood as to who it will be that fills now the void in the government. Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood? We should not stand for that, or with that or by that. Any radical Islamists, no that is not who we should be supporting and standing by, so we need to find out who was behind all of the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support.”
“It’s a difficult situation, this is that 3am White House phone call and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House it it seems that that call went right to um the answering machine. And nobody yet has, no body yet has explained to the American public what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us know who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak and I’m not real enthused about what it is that that’s being done on a national level and from DC in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt. And in these areas that are so volatile right now because obviously it’s not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House. We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information yet.”
I’ve read through this incomprehensible word salad three times and I still can’t figure out for the life of me what Palin is trying to say here. As with most of her comments on substantive issues, it seems like she’s just throwing talking points together in some kind of stream-of-consciousness chant, hoping that it will make sense when it all comes together.
But it doesn’t.
Her main complaint seems to be that the Obama Administration isn’t being public enough about its actions in Egypt but, of course, diplomacy usually only works well when its done behind the scenes and out of the view of cameras. You might be able to turn a political career into a TLC reality show, but you can’t do that with the imminent collapse of a thirty year-0ld authoritarian regime.
Perhaps Palin’s remarks will make more sense when the video is released later today, but I doubt it. Judging from the transcript, though, it’s fairly clear she still has years of homework to do before she speaks out on foreign policy matters again.
Update: Here’s the video of Palin’s Egypt comments that are transcribed above. Quite honestly, listening to her say it doesn’t really make her point any clearer to me than reading the transcript did. As someone once said about Oakland, there’s no there there