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The Proximity Factor

By Matthew Yglesias  

"The Proximity Factor"

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Alaska is close to Russia! Now an official talking point.

This is absurd on its face, but note that it’s also barely true. An uninhabited part of Alaska is near an (also uninhabited) part of Russia, but Alaska’s Anchorage population center is hundreds of miles from the Bering Straight. There are no roads going to the part of Alaska that’s near Russia. Has Palin ever negotiated with Russian officials about anything? Why don’t they try Canada?

UPDATE: Also: “understands what’s at stake here?” What is at stake here? Are the Russians threatening Alaska? Even in Red Dawn that didn’t happen.

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