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First Sighting of Sarah Palin’s Foreign Policy Views?

Yesterday, I noted that Sarah Palin was a Pat Buchanan supporter in 1999.  I suggested that the Obama campaign begin running ads in South Florida to point out to people who could be my grandparents that someone potentially very close to the presidency or actually in it once supported a Jew-hater for that office. 

Is a complete unknown who supported a despicable Israel-basher for president worthy of the Jewish votes McCain seeks?  Since Palin has no known foreign policy views of her own, it’s a fair question to ask.

A clue to her views on the Middle East may be stuck in her windowsill.  Yesterday, a story alleging that Palin’s youngest son is actually her grandson was posted on Daily Kos.  The item included an interview with Palin in her Juneau office.  Clearly visible over her left shoulder is an Israeli flag.  Here are a couple of screenshots:

 

It looks like she may even be wearing an Israeli flag lapel pin — I can’t tell. 

This year, we celebrated Israel’s 60th anniversary, so it’s entirely possible the flags and possible flag pin were there to mark the occasion.  So maybe she’s pro-Israel after all.  If so, good for her.  I’m glad to hear it.  But that’s not the point. 

What’s important is that John McCain’s first presidential decision was to thrust upon the nation someone who may have to make critical decisions affecting every last one of us and we’re all reduced to squinting at blurry photos to try and decipher her views on the world.

UPDATE:

Several readers have said that Palin supported Steve Forbes, not Pat Buchanan in 2000.  Allah Pundit points to this Politico story laying out the evidence:

After looking into it, McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb says that Sarah Palin supported Steve Forbes, not Pat Buchanan, in 1996, contrary to what Buchanan said on “Hardball.”

Not particularly compelling, but something to keep in mind as information about this tabula rasa dribbles in.  If only we had some blurry photographic evidence to prove it…

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Ads Obama Ought to Run in South Florida Right Now

Florida has been trending red since 2000.  (You may recall that Bush v. Gore was something of a squeaker that year.)  Since then, Republicans have more or less gained the upper hand — but it’s still within reach

Cubans and Jews are critical Flordia voting blocs.  As USA Today reported just a month ago

Jewish voters, traditionally Democratic, also favor Obama but not currently by as large a margin as they did John Kerry in 2004. As a result, Jewish voters are “definitely” a target audience for McCain, says Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer. To that end, McCain’s campaign has frequently deployed Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, who will campaign in the state next week. “He’s not only a leader, he’s a Jewish leader and they follow what he has to say,” Greer says.

So there is ground to be made up there.  Doing so is far easier today than it was yesterday.

See, Sarah Palin supported Pat Buchanan for president in 1999/2000.  This is from a ’99 AP piece, helpfully discovered by Christopher Hayes:

Pat Buchanan brought his conservative message of a smaller government and an America First foreign policy to Fairbanks and Wasilla on Friday as he continued a campaign swing through Alaska. Buchanan’s strong message championing states rights resonated with the roughly 85 people gathered for an Interior Republican luncheon in Fairbanks. … Among those sporting Buchanan buttons were Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin and state Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage.

Buchanan’s bigotry, particularly his anti-Semitism, has been evident for years — many years before he ran for president in 1999/2000. 

While she is still being defined, Obama needs to get an ad on radio and television in south Florida pointing out that in 1999, when Sarah Palin decided to support Pat Buchanan for President of the United States, he was on record saying things like

  • After World War II, Jewish influence over foreign policy became almost an obsession with American leaders.

A Republic, Not an Empire. P. 336.

  • I know the power of the Israeli lobby and the other lobbies, but we need a foreign policy that puts our own country first.

Meet the Press Interview. September 12, 1999.

and

  • Capitol Hill is Israeli occupied territory.

– McLaughlin Group, June 15, 1990

As the world knew in 1999, Buchanan has also made a career out of defending accused Nazi war criminals.  In 1987, while working for the Reagan Administration, he provided valuable assistance to wanted Nazis who had escaped Europe and were hiding in our country:

”Buchanan is no help,” said one Federal law-enforcement official . . . ”It appears he’s trying to shut down O.S.I.”

He continued his defense of Nazis in hiding once he left government.  He began referring those those who worked for the OSI — people with names like Rosenbaum and Sher — as “hairy-chested Nazi hunters“. 

Buchanan’s animosity toward Jews continues to this day. Most recently, Buchanan wrote a book letting Adolf Hitler off the hook for World War II and placing the blame for it on the Western Allies. 

Israel is in greater danger now than it has been in decades.  Iran is led by a religious fanatic who has made clear his desire to see it destroyed and ethnically cleansed of Jews.  Iranian proxy Hezbollah plans to attack Jews worldwide. 

Pat Buchanan has made a career out of antagonizing victims of Nazism and sympathizing with those who want to destroy Israel.  Why is that okay with Sarah Palin?  What is it about Buchanan’s views that led her to believe he ought to be president?  Are these the kinds of questions you want to have to ask about someone who could be a heartbeat away from the presidency in less than five months?

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