James Fallows at the Atlantic cogently analyzes why Palin is clueless about the Bush Doctrine and why this should rob us of our sleep:
How could she not know this? For the same reason I don’t know anything about European football/soccer standings, player trades, or intrigue. I am not interested enough. And she evidently has not been interested enough even to follow the news of foreign affairs during the Bush era.
A further point. The truly toxic combination of traits GW Bush brought to decision making was:
2) Lack of curiosity
That is, he was not broadly informed to begin with (point 1). He did not seek out new information (#2); but he nonetheless prided himself (#3) on making broad, bold decisions quickly, and then sticking to them to show resoluteness.
We don’t know for sure about #2 for Palin yet — she could be a sponge-like absorber of information. But we know about #1 and we can guess, from her demeanor about #3. Most of all we know something about the person who put her in this untenable role.
(My emphasis. Read his whole commentary here.)
Now, I did follow European soccer when I lived in Germany, and it’s great fun – but only if you’re willing and able to invest some effort in it. Otherwise, you’re left with a sea of furrin names that don’t mean much. Same for furrin policy. But darn it, virtually everyone I know who’s involved in local politics has more of a clue about the Bush Doctrine than Sarah Palin does.
That, to me, is pretty strong evidence that Palin suffers from congenital lack of curiosity about foreign affairs. Seems to me that Fallows really underplays his second point. His third point – about “decisiveness” – is pretty well illustrated by Palin’s approach to preterm labor. If you object that this was a “personal” arena and thus no predictor of how “resolute” she’d be as president, please recall her “I did not blink” mantra in the Charlie Gibson interview.
Fallows could’ve also added a fourth similarity to GW Bush: Palin’s penchant for cronyism, secrecy, and intimidation, as reported in the New York Times. Apparently her attempt to fire the Wasilla public librarian was only her warm-up act. And Troopergate is only the most publicized manifestation of her Nixonian qualities.
All of this adds up to someone who I wouldn’t want on my local school board, much less a heartberat away from being Leader of the Free World. The only person I trust less, at this point, is the guy who picked her.