In an interview last night with an NBC affiliate in Portland, ME, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) argued that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) is qualified to be vice president because she’s been “right on the issues.” Specifically, he said, “She was right on Iraq, Sen. Obama was wrong.” But when asked about her view of the Iraq war in March 2007 — just a couple months after Bush announced the surge — Palin said that the United States should “have an exit plan in place“:
PALIN: I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place.
If McCain believes Palin was “right on Iraq,” does he then believe the surge was wrong?
ABC News reports, “On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard-line approach on national security and said that war with Russia may be necessary if that nation invades another country”:
Palin advocated the accession of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, meaning that if attacked again in the future, the United States would be bound to go to war.
“I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help,” she said.