Transcript of First Palin Interview

Here’s the transcript of the first Palin interview with Charlie Gibson: Transcript Of Sarah Palin With Charlie Gibson From Thursday . What I saw on television must have left out parts of the interview, since I don’t remember seeing certain details that I just read. In the transcript, Sarah doesn’t look as much like a war-monger who wants to take on Russia with military force. She proposed sanctions as an alternative to war. And she doesn’t want to second-guess Israel on taking out Iran’s nuclear facilities, the way it did with Iraq in the 1980’s. Maybe that doesn’t leave Israel with a blank check to do anything it wants. At the same time, I wonder how Israel will discover where Iran is making the weapons. I wouldn’t want innocent people to die if it guesses wrong. Yet, how many will die if it doesn’t try to take the facilities out?

I also like this quote by Palin: “They see that the only option for them is to become a suicide bomber, to get caught up in this evil, in this terror. They need to be provided the hope that all Americans have instilled in us, because we’re a democratic, we are a free, and we are a free-thinking society.”

She repeats a lot of the typical Bush mantra about the 9/11 hijackers: that they hate American ideals, etc., etc. Yet, she acknowledges that they may have seen the evil they did as their only option, and she desires a political system that can give Arabs hope. This may be important, since one reason many Arabs allegedly hate us is that we have propped up dictators in the Middle East for our own economic interests, dictators who oppress their own people and leave them impoverished. Hopefully, allowing them to pick their own leaders can solve that problem. But there’s always the possibility that we can manipulate a democracy as well.

Another note: the transcript flows more smoothly than what I saw on TV.

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8 Responses to Transcript of First Palin Interview

  1. steph says:

    The hope that the Middle East has is that the west gets out of their lives. Nobody has the right to force democracy on another country. Palin sounds incredibly pompous, patronising and imperialistic. That is what they hate. And Palin has other interests beside democracy in the Middle East – Israeli wealth and oil are at least two. Why doesn’t she just bring everyone home and make America a better place for Americans? That’s a rhetorical question.


  2. James Pate says:

    But that’s why she supports energy independence.


  3. steph says:

    oh so she’s going to cut all ties with the Middle East including Israel? Willing drilling really make America energy independent?


  4. George Bush is a Genius says:

    “Why doesn’t she just bring everyone home and make America a better place for Americans?”

    Democracy is about representing the will of the people, and whether the American people or Middle Eastern people want it, we will bring democracy by the sword.

    We’re the ones under a dictator because he will not yield to the wishes of the majority of the American people. Over 70% of the American people want us out–does that matter? No.

    Most dictators justify their behavior by thinking they know what’s best, or that they have the fortitude to do what’s right. Only a small percentage of those dictators are actually correct.


  5. James Pate says:

    But Americans voted for the Democrats supposedly to get us out of the war. What have they done?

    Another question: why is it that the candidates who support pulling us out of Iraq don’t get too far? Even Obama doesn’t want to pull us out immediately–as far as I know. And voters could have picked Kucinich or Paul. Do they oppose the war, while thinking that we can’t just pull out?


  6. steph says:

    If that is true James, the answer is that the majority of American people want to dictate to the world and bring democracy about by the sword. I hope not.


  7. James Pate says:

    But do you support allowing Islamic countries to oppress women? This is a complex question, I know–even I’d hesitate to say we should overthrow every government that has human rights abuses. But do you think we shouldn’t care at all?


  8. steph says:

    What sort of question is that? If I believed they were suppressed that would be from my western cultural perspective. And I certainly don’t support going in and substituting their culture with mine. I spent a year studying women and Islam and I don’t believe they are. Part of my research involved talking to many women from different views of Islam, Sunni and Shia. Women from Islamic cultures feel protected by the clothing. In some Christian denominations as well as some Muslim countries women have a role that I wouldn’t be happy with, but they are. Their ideals might be different from mine but that doesn’t make them unhappy. Muslim women are educated. Some become doctors and lawyers and scientists. Some Muslim women choose to have a more traditional role.

    And no system is perfect. Democracy too has flaws. And some democracies act like dictators to others.


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