I could not believe what I heard this morning on CNN.
Here is the transcript:
FEINSTEIN: She said Georgia's part of NATO and therefore there is an obligation of NATO countries --
BLITZER: Which is a factually accurate statement.
FEINSTEIN: Look, NATO doesn't always respond, and the fact of the matter is if the first thing you want to say out of the box that you want to use military action --
BLITZER: Let me play that clip. Let me play that clip because this is a sensitive issue.
FEINSTEIN: All right. I know that clip well.
BLITZER: I know you know it, and I know you know it, too, congresswoman. So let's play it and we'll continue the discussion. Listen to this.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
GIBSON: The NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?
PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BLITZER: Now, she was asked, you know, should Georgia and Ukraine be members of NATO and she said yes, which a lot of people, Democrats and Republicans, think they should be members of NATO. If Georgia were a member of NATO, isn't the U.S. and the other NATO allies, according to this treaty, aren't they obligated to come to the defense of a fellow ally if invaded by another country?
FEINSTEIN: Well, I can tell you what I think.
FEINSTEIN: Right now, the United States of America has its hands full militarily. We have a major problem escalating in Afghanistan, trying to sustain an operation in Iraq, and remove troops over a period of time. I think the military is severely overtaxed at this stage. To even begin to talk about attacking Russia with its nuclear arsenal of hundreds of kilotons makes no sense to me over Georgia.
BLITZER: So in other words, you oppose -- do you believe Georgia should be a member of NATO?
FEINSTEIN: I'm not going to say at this time because I haven't really looked at it. But I don't think that one should begin to say at -- ask a hypothetical question and then go to the next stage immediately and say you're going to attack Russia.
How long has this woman been in the congress? How come she does not know what NATO is and how it works? Does she know that the article 5 of the treaty states:
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.
Is she speaking for Obama? What was the message to the Russians? If elected president, would Obama not honor this treaty? Don't you think Putin is eager to test Obama administration on this? You think a pacifist, unilaterally disarming, dumb messiah will bring about a safer world? You wish...
If this woman was the VP candidate for democRATs, media and all the liberal women would be cheering for her. She is clueless folks. She is an Obama supporter and she was on that program to attack Governor Palin. She did a marvelous job in highlighting the differences between liberal democRAT women like herself and conservative republican women like Governor Palin.