Palin’s National Security Experience

Alaska’s governor’s role may be different from the role other governors play in commanding their National Guard.  The story is here

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 ….

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.

Possibly we will learn even more about relevant (emphasis) background and experiences when she completes her first one-on-one interview this week with ABC.

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2 Responses to “Palin’s National Security Experience”

  1. RallyGrrrl Says:

    Katrina, four dollar gas, a trillion dollar war, rising unemployment, deregulated housing market, global warming…no more

  2. CV Says:

    Foreign deployments of Guard units and the operation of national defense assets like the Ft. Greely missile interceptors are not the responsibility of state governors. Those functions come under the regular U.S. military chain of command.

    The duties of most state National Guards are natural disasters. During Palin’s 21 months in office, there has been one declared disaster: widespread flooding in June and July this year. Palin quickly signed a disaster declaration, officials said. The Guard’s role was limited to providing two water tanks and 30,000 sandbags to local authorities.

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