MSNBC and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) are reporting that Gov. Palin met this afternoon with the board of directors of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Sen. Joe Lieberman to, in the words of one McCain campaign official cited by MSNBC, put â€œthe American Jewish community at ease over her understanding of US-Middle East relations.â€ Itâ€™s worth noting that Palin, who has obviously been completely off-limits to reporters since she was rolled out as McCainâ€™s running-mate in Dayton Friday, stiffed a reception in her honor sponsored by none other than Phyllis Schlafly a couple hours later. (One wonders what other lobbies have tried to arrange a meeting with Palin in the last 96 hours and with what success.)
â€œWe had a good productive discussion on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and we were pleased that Gov. Palin expressed her deep, personal, and lifelong commitment to the safety and well-being of Israel,â€ AIPAC spokesman Josh Block said after the meeting. â€œLike Sen. McCain, the vice presidential nominee understands and believes in the special friendship between the two democracies and would work to expand and deepen the strategic partnership in a McCain/Palin Administration.â€
â€œShe was extremely well received,â€ McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb said, noting that Palin was interrupted by applause twice,â€ according to the JTA account. He added that Palin spoke about â€œthe relationship between Israel and American national security, and the threats to Israel from Iran and others.â€
â€œI think it speaks volumes that she keeps an Israeli flag on the wall of her office,â€ RJCâ€™s executive director, Matt Brooks, told Politico in an e-mail. â€œIt clearly shows whatâ€™s in her heart.â€ Politicoâ€™s analysis is well worth reading. As I noted Friday, a Nexis search of the two years previous to her selection as McCainâ€™s running-mate failed to find a single published article in which Palin ever mentioned Israel. I suspect it may make it into her acceptance speech Wednesday night.
It hasn’t been easy to find anything about Sarah Palin’s positions on foreign policy issues, but this clip from a speech to her church gives a clue:
“Pray for our military. He [Palin’s son] is going to be deployed in September to Iraq â€“ pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right for this country â€“ that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God, that’s what he have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan and that it is God’s plan.” (about 6 min into the clip)
When someone from Mother Jones wrote me a few weeks ago with a minor question about one of my LewRockwell.com articles on overseas U.S. troops I had no idea what the magazine was up to. You must check out interactive map that Mother Jones has prepared on U.S. military presence worldwide. This is the most exhaustive piece of work on this subject that I have ever seen.
Will McCain or Obama do anything to reduce the number of U.S. troops overseas? I am not holding my breath.