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      09-03-2008, 03:11 PM   #1
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Palin: Got her first passport in July 2007

"Ms. Palin appears to have traveled very little outside the United States. In July 2007, she had to get a passport before she visited members of the Alaska National Guard stationed in Kuwait, according to her deputy communications director, Sharon Leighow. She also visited wounded troops in Germany during that trip."

Really? The possible next VP of this country got her first passport 14 months ago? At age 44? That can't be good for us since international relationships is so important to the well being of this country. Or is it?

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— When Theodore Roosevelt travelled to Panama in 1906 to visit the Panama Canal he became the first President to leave the country

George Bush visited China, Japan, Mexico, Spain, UK, Israel, Ireland, The Gambia, Italy and Egypt before becoming President

— In 1992 Bill Clinton criticised President Bush for his foreign travel. In office President Clinton made 133 trips abroad

— Hillary Clinton claims to have visited 82 countries when her husband was in the White House

— This year Rudy Giuliani claimed that his work as a security consultant, combined with his time as New York Mayor, had taken him on more than 90 foreign trips, “more than any other candidate for president in the last 5 or 6 years”


As you can see, "back then" foreign travel wasn't a big deal because for the most part the U.S. isolated itself from the rest of the world..especially after WWI. Isolationism "demised" after WW2 when the UN was created, however the mentality did not completely disappear from American discourse, but never again did it figure prominently in American policies and affairs.

Until George W. Bush. The man who pledged "NO!" to nation building, got a cold hard reality of the world we live in where globalization and international affairs is more important now then at any point in history. We can't go at it alone anymore.

Now I am not saying that the amount of trips one takes overseas is the end all be all of foreign intelligence, but it does give a picture of one's desire or indesire to understand the world we live in outside our own backyards.

Remember when John McCain blasted Obama for not visiting Iraq in 2 years (or something like that). What about Sarah? When is she going?

What does Sarah Palin think of the world? Maybe she'll tell us tonite.
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What does Sarah Palin think of the world? Maybe she'll tell us tonite.
I am really looking forward to hearing her speak. But don't think for a minute that we will really get a good idea of Sarah Palin from a speech that is written for her by someone else. It's hard enough to get an accurate view of someone from a speech they write for themselves. This will be another Hollywood moment. But I am looking forward to it.
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I'm not voting for VP, I'm voting for President. Obama's overseas experience is limited as well.
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I'm not voting for VP, I'm voting for President. Obama's overseas experience is limited as well.
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Now I am not saying that the amount of trips one takes overseas is the end all be all of foreign intelligence, but it does give a picture of one's desire or indesire to understand the world we live in outside our own backyards.
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I am really looking forward to hearing her speak. But don't think for a minute that we will really get a good idea of Sarah Palin from a speech that is written for her by someone else. It's hard enough to get an accurate view of someone from a speech they write for themselves. This will be another Hollywood moment. But I am looking forward to it.
I agree. Should be very interesting to watch. I'm looking forward to it.
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really a non-issue as 99% or REAL americans have never been overseas either...

many of us are tired of the elite ruling class...and their lives of wealth and privilege
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really a non-issue as 99% or REAL americans have never been overseas either...

many of us are tired of the elite ruling class...and their lives of wealth and privilege
And 99% of REAL americans don't wish to be President or VP. I want leaders who know, understand, and want to continuing learning and understanding the world.

I'm not looking for leaders to drink a beer with.
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really a non-issue as 99% or REAL americans have never been overseas either...

many of us are tired of the elite ruling class...and their lives of wealth and privilege
That's why our foreign policy is nothing but stellar!!
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really a non-issue as 99% or REAL americans have never been overseas either...
and what makes one a "REAL americans"?
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and what makes one a "REAL americans"?
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