Palin speculates on war over Georgia

Sept. 11, 2008 at 6:59 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Thursday said the United States might have to go to war if Georgia joined NATO and Russia invaded Georgia again, ABC News reported.

In her first media interview since becoming Republican presidential nominee John McCain's pick for running mate, Palin told ABC's Charlie Gibson the Russian invasion of Georgia was "unacceptable." Gibson asked if the NATO treaty requires the United States to go to war if Georgia joins NATO and Russia invades again.

"Perhaps so," she said. "I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help."

Palin said the United States has to "keep an eye on Russia."

"For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable," she said.

Palin told Gibson McCain asked her if she was ready to be vice president and she said she was.

"I answered 'yes,' because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can't blink," she said.

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