But that wasn’t the funniest thing I saw this week.
What was? The little tit-for-tat between Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.
This all started after Sarah Palin threw the first punch after Obama announced his nuclear arms strategic revision this week:
“It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable. No administration in America’s history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out that President Obama is supporting today,” Palin, a former Alaska governorand now a Fox News contributor, said Wednesday in an interview with Sean Hannity.
“You know that’s kind of like getting out there on the playground a bunch of kids ready to fight and one of the kids saying go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me,” she said. “No, it is unacceptable.
Obama, never to act in a Presidential way and stay above the fray, retaliated:
“Last I checked, Palin’s not an expert on nukes,” Obama told ABC News. “If the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are comfortable, I’ll take my advice from them and not Sarah Palin.”
Fair enough…except that this current Secretary of Defense actually opposed this type of plan in the past. He has now changed his mind…but that is more likely for allegiance to his boss than true ideological belief.
Second, and much, much more important, is that…what exactly is Mr. Obama’s credentials to speak on nuclear weapons?
Well, lets see…search his profile…and you find…nothing.
Well, no big surprise. He isn’t an expert on anything else, either.
There is no way to ignore efforts by rogue states such as North Korea and Iran to develop and deploy nuclear weapons, or Russian or Chinese strategic modernization programs. As long as other states have or seek nuclear weapons – and potentially can threaten us, our allies, and friends – then we must have a deterrent capacity that makes it clear that challenging the United States in the nuclear arena – or with other weapons of mass destruction – could result in an overwhelming, catastrophic response…
Our nuclear arsenal also helps deter enemies from using chemical and biological weapons. In the first Gulf War, we made it very clear that if Saddam used chemical or biological weapons, then the United States would keep all options on the table. We later learned that this veiled threat had the intended deterrent effect as Iraq considered its options.
While some may not see a real nuclear threat to the United States today, we should be mindful that our friends and allies perceive different levels of risk within their respective regions. Here, our arsenal plays an irreplaceable role in reducing proliferation.
Um, yeah. So with the Palin/Obama fight, we basically have…two people who know nothing about nuclear strategy determining our homeland defense. God help us all.