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Sarah Palin Goes Abroad
The Daily Beast ^ | December 9, 2010 | Shushannah Walshe

Posted on 12/09/2010 3:11:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin is planning her first real foreign trip—a move that could burnish her foreign policy credentials in advance of a 2012 presidential run.

The Daily Beast has learned that Sarah Palin will be traveling overseas in the new year. At the top of the list: Israel and England, both countries she has said she wanted to travel to in the past. The schedule and itinerary is still fluid, but an overseas trip in 2011 will boost her foreign policy credentials, something she can turn to in a potential 2012 presidential run.

Up to now Palin’s travel outside of North America includes visiting troops in Germany and Kuwait while she was governor and last year she gave a speech on the economy in Hong Kong. During the 2008 campaign, there was some confusion about whether she had also visited Iraq when traveling to see soldiers in Kuwait, but that turned out to be a visit to the border. McCain staffers at the time also said she had visited Ireland, but that was a re-fueling stopover.

Palin has long wanted to visit Israel, and in a recent Facebook post wishing the Jewish community a Happy Hanukkah she reconfirmed her support for the Jewish state: “Today we should all recommit ourselves to ensuring that the miracle of a Jewish state endures forever. The dreidel is one of the most familiar symbols of Hanukkah, with Hebrew letters on it representing the phrase Nes Gadol Haya Sham—‘a great miracle happened there.’ Indeed a great miracle is still happening there.”

Last June, Palin announced on her Facebook page that she had been invited to visit London and have a meeting with one of her “political heroines,” Margaret Thatcher. She also wished the “Iron Lady,” who suffers from dementia, a happy birthday in October.

The former Alaska governor was criticized in 2008 for her limited global travel, but this first foreign trip post-governorship would burnish her foreign-policy credentials and would certainly be accompanied by a media frenzy as both the Israeli and English press follow her closely.

Palin has a foreign-policy team of two allies from her time on the McCain campaign, Randy Scheunemann and Michael Goldfarb briefing her, and she has taken to her Facebook page of late to weigh in on global issues. In a post titled “An Open Letter to Republican Freshmen Members of Congress” she tells new members to “say no to cutting the necessities in our defense budget when we are engaged in two wars and face so many threats—from Islamic extremists to a nuclear Iran to a rising China.” She also urges the freshmen to “push job-creating free trade agreements with allies like Colombia and South Korea.” And she even counsels them on Israel writing, “You can stand with allies like Israel, not criticize them. You can let the President know what you believe—Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not a settlement.” And she shares her opposition to the START treaty, something her potential 2012 rival Mitt Romney has also expressed his opposition toward, “don’t listen to desperate politically motivated arguments about the need for hasty consideration of the ‘New START’ treaty. Insist on your right to patient and careful deliberation of New START to address very real concerns about verification, missile defense, and modernization of our nuclear infrastructure. No New START in the lame duck!”

Another potential 2012 rival, Mike Huckabee has also announced a trip to Israel in the new year. He will be making his 15th trip to the Holy Land in January.

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Shushannah Walshe covers politics for The Daily Beast. She is the co-author of Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar. She was a reporter and producer at the Fox News Channel from August 2001 until the end of the 2008 presidential campaign.


TOPICS: Alaska; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: alaska; britain; china; colombia; england; freepressforpalin; germany; hongkong; iran; ireland; ironlady; israel; jerusalem; kuwait; margaretthatcher; michaelgoldfarb; mikehuckabee; mittromney; palin; randyscheunemann; sarahpalin; southkorea; start
Sounds like she's forming a team.
1 posted on 12/09/2010 3:11:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: onyx; Brices Crossroads; Virginia Ridgerunner; Clyde5445

She’s-not-running-nothing-to-see-here ping. :)


2 posted on 12/09/2010 3:15:01 PM PST by Al B.
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A nice Wailing Wall photo op and some poses with Lady Thatcher ought to do the trick.


3 posted on 12/09/2010 3:18:38 PM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

PDS bots in... 1....2.....3.....


4 posted on 12/09/2010 3:18:51 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

England and Israel, arguably America’s biggest allies with every President but the Marxist Muslim Kenyan. She is probably going to re-claim the bust of Winston Churchill.


5 posted on 12/09/2010 3:19:07 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Last June, Palin announced on her Facebook page that she had been invited to visit London and have a meeting with one of her “political heroines,” Margaret Thatcher.

Considering that Lady Thatcher is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's I would be surprised if such a visit ever took place.

6 posted on 12/09/2010 3:19:30 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s see, Obammy, Saracuda?

Obammy, Saracuda?

Gee, who do ya think them Israel jews would rather have? And who do ya think American Jews will vote for?


7 posted on 12/09/2010 3:21:15 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Alice in Wonderland; sybilll; jessduntno; LibertyRocks; Nepeta; PowerPro; ...
A nightstick the size of a telephone pole and the muscle to wield it effortlessly.



SARAH PALIN'S PING LIST!

8 posted on 12/09/2010 3:36:40 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Although I believe that foreign travel is fine I also believe that too much is made of 'foreign policy experience' when someone without a Washington, D.C. job on their resume is considering a bid for their party's presidential nomination. That said, simply visiting other countries doesn't impress me that much.

Let's face it, the lefties will never give Sarah Palin an iota of respect no matter where she goes, what she does or says. That's a given. Some on the right (a minority, I believe) are equally disdainful of Sarah Palin and will not be impressed by her taking a few trips overseas. That is also axiomatic.

That being the case, because she hasn't spent much time out of the country (and had little time or reason to globetrot) traveling to Israel and England can't do her any harm. Because a lot of independents are undecided about Palin, the trip is worthwhile. I hope she has a great time.

9 posted on 12/09/2010 3:39:58 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: Joe Boucher

[Israeli] Settlers for Palin
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2632016/posts

Israel is waiting for Palin (Barf Alert)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2550357/posts

Israeli FM: No Palestinian State ‘til 2012 (Waiting for President-elect Palin?)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2544776/posts

Israel national new poll: Palin best for Israel in 2012
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2543653/posts

Palin: Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital – not a Settlement
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2627392/posts


10 posted on 12/09/2010 3:42:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." CS Lewis)
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To: Non-Sequitur
Considering that Lady Thatcher is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's I would be surprised if such a visit ever took place.

As would I. I have been thinking how ironic (is that the right word?) it is that two of my heroes of the past century contracted the same disease, Alzheimer. Just another connection between two great people I guess.

11 posted on 12/09/2010 3:42:36 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Al B.; sarah fan UK; Sarah Barracuda; Syncro; Fiddlstix; Victoria Delsoul; Brices Crossroads

Everything in its proper time. She not only has the keenest instincts in politics today, she has the knack for ‘grate’ timing. How about right around the punk-in-chief’s SOTU....LOL?


12 posted on 12/09/2010 3:42:50 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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13 posted on 12/09/2010 3:46:03 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Al B.

This is great news for Palin supporters who want her in he WH. I think it’s further confirmation that she’s running because of the timing.


14 posted on 12/09/2010 3:51:21 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: onyx
Sarah's aide, Rebecca Mansour threw some water on the article with this tweet:

RAMansour @shushwalshe how do you claim "exclusive" knowledge of anything when you've got nothing but conjecture? You call this journalism?

However, CNN now reports:

It turns out that Sarah Palin's next overseas trip won't be to England or Israel, as was widely reported Thursday.

CNN has learned that the former Alaska governor will be traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

They will be visiting a cholera clinic, among other stops.

source

15 posted on 12/09/2010 3:54:21 PM PST by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: onyx

“How about right around the punk-in-chief’s SOTU....LOL?”

PERFECT..rotflol!! That might be just enough to send Obama over the edge!


16 posted on 12/09/2010 3:55:17 PM PST by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

If she’s going to England, I hope she learns the language.


17 posted on 12/09/2010 3:55:37 PM PST by HospiceNurse
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To: Jim Scott

It turns out that Sarah Palin’s next overseas trip won’t be to England or Israel, as was widely reported Thursday.

CNN has learned that the former Alaska governor will be traveling to Haiti this weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

They will be visiting a cholera clinic, among other stops.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/09/trending-palin-goes-to-haiti/


18 posted on 12/09/2010 3:56:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." CS Lewis)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


19 posted on 12/09/2010 3:56:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: HospiceNurse; Non-Sequitur; onyx
"If she’s going to England, I hope she learns the language."

How's she going to learn Arabic in such a small amount of time?

20 posted on 12/09/2010 3:59:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." CS Lewis)
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To: Jim Scott

All true, but best to take away the easiest attack on her for it.


21 posted on 12/09/2010 4:05:49 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Another potential 2012 rival, Mike Huckabee has also announced a trip to Israel in the new year.

Me too! Me too! LOL!

22 posted on 12/09/2010 4:10:33 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Joe Boucher

Based on the choices made in the past by some of my Jewish friends, the voting choice of Americans of Jewish descent, is, indeed, a $64 question. As far as I know, I am not Jewish and not very policitically astute, but their warped views are impossible for me to understand!


23 posted on 12/09/2010 4:13:06 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: aphid; penelopesire; Syncro; Victoria Delsoul; Fiddlstix; Sarah Barracuda; upsdriver; t-dude

Even better! Traveling to Haiti *this* weekend with Franklin Graham and his relief organization Samaritan’s Purse!

Thanks very much, aphid!


24 posted on 12/09/2010 4:13:50 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Har, fer sure!


25 posted on 12/09/2010 4:14:50 PM PST by Syncro (Sarah Palin, the unofficial Tea Party candidate for president--Virtual Jerusalem)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She will most likely be concentrating on learning “Austrian!”


26 posted on 12/09/2010 4:16:20 PM PST by jennings2004 (Sarah Palin: "The bright light at the end of a very dark tunnel!")
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To: aphid

Does she ever take a bad photo?


27 posted on 12/09/2010 5:19:38 PM PST by hattend (The meaning of the 2010 election was rebuke, reject, and repeal. - Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One thing is certain — Gov Palin will change the way we look at foreign policy once and for all...


28 posted on 12/09/2010 5:46:27 PM PST by SarahPalinForPresident2012 (She's runnin')
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To: onyx
The former Alaska governor was criticized in 2008 for her limited global travel, but this first foreign trip post-governorship would burnish her foreign-policy credentials and would certainly be accompanied by a media frenzy as both the Israeli and English press follow her closely.

Just wondering if obama had traveled extensively overseas before becoming president...

29 posted on 12/09/2010 6:03:07 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I think he went to Pakistan at least once.


30 posted on 12/09/2010 6:07:16 PM PST by curth (SarahPac: More than 2.5 million Facebook members! Are you in for $20.12?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“She also wished the “Iron Lady,” who suffers from dementia, a happy birthday in October.”

I wouldn’t know Shushannah Walshe from Queen Jezebel, but the fact that she felt the need to include that snotty remark: “...who suffers from dementia”... in the article, creates in my beady little mind the impression that she’s some kind of smarta$$!


31 posted on 12/09/2010 6:09:54 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: HospiceNurse
If she’s going to England, I hope she learns the language.

IAPDS!
32 posted on 12/09/2010 6:48:37 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Just wondering if obama had traveled extensively overseas before becoming president...

Doc, well let's see . . .he was born in Kenya, grew up in Indonesia, he's been to Pakistan. Yup. He has been a world traveler. /s

33 posted on 12/09/2010 7:29:47 PM PST by misharu (I am an Independent Conservative who caucuses with the Republicans)
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To: onyx
The former Alaska governor was criticized in 2008 for her limited global travel, but this first foreign trip post-governorship would burnish her foreign-policy credentials and would certainly be accompanied by a media frenzy as both the Israeli and English press follow her closely.

Hehe, she knows where to hit them, lol. Just when her enemies are thinking that she might quietly fade away, get a talk show, or become the NRC chairwoman, she shows them that she has bigger plans.

34 posted on 12/09/2010 9:02:41 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: onyx

Oh wow, that’s icing on the cake, lol.


35 posted on 12/09/2010 9:04:16 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: jennings2004

American Jews do not vote for what is good for Israel.


36 posted on 12/10/2010 3:18:52 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: HospiceNurse
Not only does she know the language but she's adding to it...can you say refudiate?
37 posted on 12/10/2010 7:48:45 AM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: JPG

I think her use of refudiate was just nucular strategery.


38 posted on 12/10/2010 8:01:46 AM PST by HospiceNurse (Draft O'Donnell 4 President)
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To: HospiceNurse
Misunderestimate Sarah Palin at your own risk.
39 posted on 12/10/2010 8:22:06 AM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: 9YearLurker
All true, but best to take away the easiest attack on her for it.

Sarah Palin understands that she cannot live her life worrying about what her enemies will say or do in reaction to her. At this late date, the left and their media water-carriers are 100% against her to the point of derangement. Some on the right are unenthusiastic about Palin and are hoping for some nice RINO to come along and be anointed by the MSM and the GOP hierarchy as 'their' candidate. Meanwhile, conservatives are excited and even inspired by Sarah Palin, a true conservative that walks the walk and isn't trying to appease her political enemies by planning her trips - or anything else - on the basis of whether they can use it to attack her.

Her trip to Haiti (not Israel and England, as first reported) is clearly a humanitarian venture but her political enemies will sneer at it and try to portray it as something shoddy and fake. This is the leftist template. They can't win a political argument on the merits of statism so they attack the character of whomever represents the biggest threat to their power. Today, that is Sarah Palin, an authentic American patriot. Palin isn't perfect but she's not the illiterate demon the left tries so hard to portray whenever her name is mentioned. We all know that, even those on the right that might prefer someone else as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012. Sarah Palin is way smarter than her political enemies and she isn't about to circumscribe her life to please the left.

40 posted on 12/10/2010 1:33:03 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Did we forget her China trip?
41 posted on 12/10/2010 3:16:40 PM PST by itsahoot (We the people allowed Republican leadership to get us here, only God's Grace can get us out.)
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To: Jim Scott
a true conservative that walks the walk and isn't trying to appease her political enemies by planning her trips - or anything else - on the basis of whether they can use it to attack her.

Great post, Jim. Imagine how any of us in her shoes would fare under the constant attacks by the media and left? Her composure is a sign of her confidence in her world view and the left's constant attacks confirm it.

If anyone can represent the individual nationally and globally, Sarah can. And autocrats the world over had better heed her message. Freedom is on the march with Sarah Palin. If she can fix it here, she can fix it anywhere. The threat she poses to the Statist Quo knows no border.

Her timing couldn't be better, nor could our luck for having her. (not certain 'luck' has anything to do with it, could be a 'higher up' intervention on behalf of a country whose pedigree owes substantially to it's 'creator'.) The dark evil that is now evident in Obama will not stand the light goodness that is becoming evident in Sarah. They recognize her as the mortal danger to them that she is.

Yes, the two sides are being drawn clearly and will face off in 2012. If we can get there without events that would likely benefit an evil administration who seems hell-bent on creating class warfare, race warfare, and any other type of conflict between the people, we should consider ourselves lucky. (again, luck is the furthest from my mind- destiny comes closer)

42 posted on 12/11/2010 9:48:00 PM PST by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"a move that could burnish her foreign policy credentials"

Sorry, but being a tourist doesn't earn you "foreign policy credentials."

43 posted on 02/26/2011 10:35:47 PM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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To: americanophile

Is giving the keynote address at a conclave of Indian, Pakistani and other country’s leaders, politicians, businesspeople, and others being a tourist?


44 posted on 02/26/2011 11:42:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (All gave some, some gave all.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, that’s being a paid speaker...but that doesn’t give you ‘foreign policy credentials’ either.


45 posted on 02/27/2011 1:37:09 PM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives"-Ataturk)
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