Photo:Sarah Palin observes flight operations aboard USS Stennis
It looks like Mr. Obama would have gained better intelligence all along if he listened less to Mr. Panetta and more to Mrs. Palin.
The New York Sun does a little "comparative shopping", if you will. It seems that Sarah Palin was more aware of the situation unfolding in Egypt last week than Obama's CIA director, Leon Panetta:
The Boston Globe promptly ran out a story saying that Mr. Panetta had "incorrectly predicted Thursday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could step down by day’s end, even as he and other top U.S. intelligence officials defended their work interpreting swift-moving political upheaval in the Middle East." And Los Angeles Times issued a dispatch saying that White House aides were acknowledging that "the differing views among Obama’s team of advisors has resulted in a mixed message on Egypt."
So when word came out of Cairo today that President Mubarak was turning over his powers to the military — his title remains ambiguous — the politician here in America who has marked most clearly the dissatisfying nature of the Obama administration’s response is the one who is being ridiculed for her plain language. Or as the New York Times had put it a few hours earlier, Mr. Mubarak’s refusal to step down "confronts the Obama administration with a stark choice," namely whether to "break decisively with Mr. Mubarak or stick to its call for an ‘orderly transition’ that may no longer be tenable." It looks like Mr. Obama would have gained better intelligence all along if he listened less to Mr. Panetta and more to Mrs. Palin.
Read the full story here.
This wasn't the only thing Sarah got right. As Whitney Pitcher reported, while Obama was crowing about the "success" in Egypt, Sarah tweeted a message to the lamestream media at large, asking them to look into why Obama supported the Egyptian uprising, the "will of the people," but backed the brutal Iranian dictators over the people, when a similar attempt to throw Iran's corrupt government was staged.
After that tweet, Obama changed his policy, claiming he would back the people of Iran, in their attempt at freedom. As I write this Iranians have taken to the street, shouting "death to the dictators." If this counter-revolution succeeds, it will be a wonderful thing.
I know it may seem corny, but if Obama actually follows through with his promise, that one tweet from Sarah, calling Obama out, may have very well changed the world, and in a good way.