President Obama has forgotten that Sarah Palin as Governor of Alaska was commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard. As such, she was well versed in the Alaska Defense Shield. Making it very necessary for her to be versed in Nuclear issues. Obama is the one who is lacking in Nuclear issues. But in his usual form, Obama goes on the Defensive.
One area of Sarah Palin’s background that may help her is Alaska’s unique role in our national security and homeland defense. Several folks have have mentioned this but Tom W. was specific and his info jibes with the record.
Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.
As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden’s.
She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.
Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.
According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.
She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.
I agree with that assessment except for the thought that her access to classified material may rival Biden’s. Highly unlikely as Biden’s seat on the Foreign Relations committee would expose him to information on a very wide array of topics. But her experience in keeping the homeland safe fits perfectly with her image as the competent American woman.It’s not the same as having your finger on the button, but it a heckuva lot closer than Biden or Barry O has ever been.
via BLACKFIVE: Commanding Alaska’s Guard w/ 24/7 missile defense.