It's probably the least talked-about part of the Palin interview so far, but I thought this was the most convincing argument that Palin's somewhere between a bag of hammers and a bag of slightly smarter hammers on the preparedness scale:


GIBSON: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don't think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.

GIBSON: So if we wouldn't second guess it and they decided they needed to do it because Iran was an existential threat, we would cooperative or agree with that.

PALIN: I don't think we can second guess what Israel has to do to secure its nation.

GIBSON: So if it felt necessary, if it felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right.

PALIN: We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself.

Really? So, when a major world player decides it's going to flip out and get all bombtastic in another state's face, the role of the United States is to do absolutely nothing? Besides being a giant, flashing "Double Standard" sign put up on the amusement park that is American foreign policy, is the message we want to send that we're willing to be watchdogs to every state on earth except the one that's a potential trigger for a half-dozen or more bloody, potentially nuclear conflicts?

If America's going to be in the business of writing blank checks justified by a millenialist eschatology, then can you get past your next stripdown at the airport by wearing a "Yes, I'm The Antichrist" t-shirt? Because nothing would make masquerading as the earthly agent of the Prince of Darkness more fun - or profitable!