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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Palin won't allow AP in on meetings w/ Afghanistan & world leaders

Elections, McCain 2008, Obama 2008

In the land of double standard politics, here is another story.

AP Whines Palin 'Banned' Them From Chat with Foreign Leaders, No Such Concern When Obama Did:

Palin is in New York City for the open of the United Nations General Assembly. A review of media coverage from Obama's behind-closed-doors chats with European heads of state, however, shows no such complaint by the media about a lack of access.

As you know, Sarah Palin was originally invited to speak on Monday at the anti-Iran rally organized by a Jewish group in New York. But then the Dems Threaten Anti-Iran Rally Organizers With IRS Attack if they Let Palin Speak. She was dis-invited:

News has emerged that the organizers of that anti-Iran rally that famously got snarled up in Senator Hillary Clinton's ire at Governor Sarah Palin last week were threatened by New York Democrats with IRS action against their tax-exempt status if they allowed Palin to speak.

What would she have said? Her prepared speech is available, thanks to the internet. Palin on Ahmadinejad: 'He Must Be Stopped':

...The world must awake to the threat this man poses to all of us. Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever took place. He dreams of being an agent in a "Final Solution" — the elimination of the Jewish people. He has called Israel a "stinking corpse" that is "on its way to annihilation." Such talk cannot be dismissed as the ravings of a madman — not when Iran just this summer tested long-range Shahab-3 missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv, not when the Iranian nuclear program is nearing completion, and not when Iran sponsors terrorists that threaten and kill innocent people around the world.

Her speech lists sanctions and measures the US and world must enforce but also of McCain's promise to "Never again will we risk another Holocaust. And this is not a wish, a request, or a plea to Israel's enemies. This is a promise that the United States and Israel will honor, against any enemy who cares to test us."

Governor Palin went to New York anyway and "also asked former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for insights on Georgia, Russia, China and Iran, and she'll see more leaders Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings." Palin meets her first world leaders in New York:

Palin sat down with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. The conversations were private, the pictures public, meant to build her resume for voters concerned about her lack of experience in world affairs.

"I found her quite a capable woman," Karzai said later. "She asked the right questions on Afghanistan."

Today more meetings are planned,

...McCain and Palin are expected to meet jointly with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko. Palin is then to meet separately with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The AP, as cited above, isn't happy about their denial of access to these meetings, but it was OK that Obama denied access to his meetings with leaders on his European tour?

Yet when Sen. Barack Obama went to Europe this summer and met with past and present foreign leaders, print media were similarly on the outside looking in. Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former and current British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown (respectively), and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

No doubt about it, this is Governor Sarah Palin's chance to meet with these world leaders--she is new on the world leader scene.

Senator Obama is hardly a heavyweight in foreign policy either, "Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny, compared to the Soviet Union, they don't pose a serious threat to us...If Iran would ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they would not stand a chance." (Um, Obama, remember Japan and Pearl Harbor and Germany and WW2?)  As for Biden, well, he is Biden.

Is it more important for a VP candidate to have years of experience, chronologically speaking, yet shoot their mouth off misspeaking all over the place: no clean coal in the US, stand up Chuck, Hillary Clinton would be better than me, a divided Jerusalem is the solution, Roosevelt went on TV, and the like, or is the ability to make good decisions more important than years of experience?


PS  In response to Contrarian's comment that Palin avoids the media and voter questions, this is not true. I forgot about this until Rush Limbaugh mentioned it today. She will be interviewed by Katie Couric tonight and does take questions after town hall meetings. I had even seen a clip of a town hall meeting on a news show--sorry, I don't remember which one--and it was laughable. McCain would call on an audience member for a question, but question after question was for Palin. He took his rejection in a good hearted way, but it was clear that they all wanted to speak with her and she answered easily. She may have no use for the mainstream media, but she is talking to the people.

Brookfield District 7 Info meeting, Wed., Sept. 24, 2-3pm or 6:30-7:30pm City Clerk Kris Schmidt will be in attendance to answer questions or concerns regarding recent news about the Van Hollen lawsuit against the state elections authority.

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