Whoever is advising Sarah Palin on answering questions about her foreign policy/national security credentials should be fired.
There is no reason for her obvious deficiency in these areas to be a major stumbling block for her viability as a VP candidate. It seems her defensive talking points concerning her foreign policy/national security are the following:
* She has extensive experience with energy (Oil/Natural Gas) industry. Energy is a national security issue.
* Alaska is in close proximity to Russia.
* She has commanded the Alaska National Guard for close to two years.
* Her eldest son has recently joined the Army and will be serving in Iraq for the next year.
These are weak primary credentials. She should stop using these talking points as they are giving new life to Tina Fey's SNL career and juicy fodder for Obama's attack dogs. Instead she should do two things:
1. Make clear she is not being chosen as the VP candidate to head up the national security/foreign policy effort of the executive branch. McCain has extensive experience in this arena and doesn't need an expert sidekick. McCain doesn't have tangible energy development/production experience (neither do Obama or Biden for that matter), Palin does, so she will focus on energy independence which is a vital part of the national security puzzle.
What if McCain dies or becomes incapacitated? No President makes national security/foreign policy decisions on his/her own. The cabinet McCain appoints will provide the philosophy and leadership necessary to get her up to speed should she need to become Commander and Chief. From the day she was chosen as McCain's running mate until the time she might have to step in to the presidential role she will have opportunity to study, observe, and be briefed on foreign affairs and national security. Sarah Palin is a very intelligent person who will not require much time to aquire the knowledge she will need to make decisions when they come.
This brings me to the second thing she must do-
2. Turn the focus on Barack Obama's paltry experience in the area of national security/foreign policy. Obama has served on the Foreign Relations committee for less than two years. Nine months ago he was appointed to the Homeland Security committee but has spent very little actual time serving this committee as he has been campaigning for the last 18 months. It seems obvious he was put on these committees by Democratic strategists to provide apparent credentials he lacked for a presidential run. I think Palin would be wise to point out how Obama has only a little more experience in these areas and he is running for President, not Vice President. More should be made of Obama's considerable deficiency in this area.
Therefore, her talking points in reaction to attacks on her readiness in these areas should be:
* John McCain has chosen me to exert leadership in the monumentally important area of U.S. energy independence. Of the 4 candidates, I am the only one with actual energy development and production experience. I have a clear plan for moving us toward swift energy independence, let me tell you what that looks like....
* I will be immersing myself in foreign relations study and national security matters so that I grow daily in my ability to handle any crisis that would arise should I have to become President in the next 4 years. I will be surrounded by experienced advisers from both parties and have no fear about making sound decisions for our country if called to do so. If Barack Obama is ready to lead the country with less than two years of listening to what his senate committee does, I am confident I can be as quick on the uptake in this area as I am already well-progressed in coming up to speed.