The Truth About Palin’s Russia Statement

Tina Fey as Sarah Palin popularized the infamous statement, “I can see Russia from my house” and the idiots out there still think Sarah Palin said that herself, so the same jokes about seeing Russia from her window or backyard continues.

John Ziegler has pointed this out in his recent op-ed as he comments on the media’s reaction over Palin’s Hong Kong speech.  He writes:

The Times actually deemed it appropriate to publish: “Mrs. Palin was faulted during the campaign last year for her lack of foreign policy experience and expertise. As the governor of Alaska, she said in her own defense, she had a unique insight because ‘you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska’ — a remark that was widely lampooned.”

This is simply a stunning statement coming from the newspaper of “record.” Palin “was faulted for her lack of foreign policy experience and expertise”? By whom? For what reason? The reality is that Palin’s foreign policy experience, while meager, was still greater than our current President whose nonexistent credentials (little more than a mysterious college trip to Pakistan) were never remotely questioned by the media, and a rudimentary examination of the Vice-Presidential debate reveals that it was Joe Biden who made all the significant foreign policy blunders.

But even that pales in comparison with to the “see Russia” gem.

First, the now infamous “Russia” statement was clearly made as an aside in Palin’s interview with Charlie Gibson. Palin knew that the vast majority of American’s had no idea of the geographical proximity of Russia to Alaska (which, until after the Civil War, was actually part of Russia) and said it in a “gee, isn’t this an interesting fact?” sort of way.

In her interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson that launched the “I can see Russia from my house” smear campaign, the clip was edited to the point where her comments on Russia were taken out of context and made into a mockery by Saturday Night Live and then mocked heavily by the liberals, the mainstream media and the hateful pundits even to this very day.

Let’s review.  The boldface text are parts of the interview that were edited out from the originally televised version:

GIBSON: Let me ask you about some specific national security situations.

PALIN: Sure.

GIBSON: Let’s start, because we are near Russia, let’s start with Russia and Georgia.

The administration has said we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep…

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

NewsBusters has some comments on it as well.  Check it out here.


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One response to this post.

  1. TINA FEY IS JUST A HOLLOW HEAD IMPERSONATOR JUST LIKE BILL MAHER AND FAG MICHAEL MOORE, AND I AM WONDERING WHY AMERICANS, IN SPITE OF THEIR HIGH STANDARDS OF EDUCATION, ARE SO STUPID IN BELIEVING AND EMBRACING THESE KINDS OF PHONY AND EVIL INSPIRED HOLLYWOOD PERSONALITIES. “THE PHRASE I CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM MY HOUSE” IS BEING CONTROVERSIAL WHERE, IN FACT, WITH OUR LATEST TECHNOLOGIES, EVERYBODY CAN SEE RUSSIA AND REST OF THE WORLD FROM THEIR HOUSE. I, TOO, CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM MY HOUSE. ALL I NEED IS AN INTERNET HOT SPOT, A LAP TOP AND A BIG WIDE FLAT SCREEN. WITH THESE TOOLS PLUS GOOGLE EARTH, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT I CAN EVEN SEE TINA FEY FROM MY HOUSE DOING SOME MALICIOUS STUFF ON HER BODY.

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