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Hagel on Palin: No Foreign Policy Credentials

Yesterday in Michigan, John McCain reminded Republicans gathered for a town hall chat why he thinks Sarah Palin, his VP pick, is qualified in the foreign policy

Jul 31, 2020
Yesterday in Michigan, John McCain remindedRepublicans gathered for a town hall chat why he thinks Sarah Palin, his VP pick, is qualified in the foreign policy department: “She’s commander of the Alaskan National Guard,” McCain said.
But GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.), a Vietnam veteran and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, disagrees. From today’s Omaha World Herald:
“She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel said in an interview. “You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”
Hagel also told the World Herald that Alaska’s proximity to Russia is no qualification:
“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,’” he said. “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”
Sure, but if eight years of the Bush administration prove anything at all, it’s that the American people have a crazy endurance for insult.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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