Sarah's foreign policy crash course

After meeting with Karzai and Bono, she should be ready for heartbeat-away status.

Published September 22, 2008 2:38PM (EDT)

Sarah Palin will be meeting this week with foreign leaders -- you know, the people who lead the other countries she has never visited or paid much attention to until, like, three weeks ago.

From ABC News:

Serving as an introduction of Palin to the types of foreign leaders she would regularly interact with as vice president, on Tuesday, Palin will meet Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, as well as former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. On Wednesday, Palin will meet with Iraq President Jalal Talabani and Pakistan's newly-elected President Asif Ali Zardari.

I have a friend who met the king of Spain during the 1992 Summer Olympics while waiting in line for the bathroom on a fancy boat in Barcelona harbor. I also know the difference between Slovenes and Slovaks. I’m pretty sure this, along with the fact that I’m on my third U.S. passport, effectively qualifies me for a position as an undersecretary of state of something in the McCain-Palin administration.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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