No one issue will have more impact on the next president than the Iraq war.
The most stunning aspect of Sarah Palin's vice-presidential candidacy is the absolute dearth of information about her views of the Iraq war. Google produces nothing substantive, and no, merely visiting the Alaska Guard troops in Kuwait does not win foreign policy points.
By her own admission, she had not paid much attention to the Iraq war until her son showed intent to join the infantry. In 2006, when asked about the troop "surge" as proposed by President Bush, she told Alaska Business Monthly:
Apparently Sarah Palin's religion informs much of the motive of the United States' involvement in Iraq. The war is prescribed by her God and, regarding the troops, "Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God." I did not know that! I wish someone would tell the evil terr'ists so they would stop trying to kill us!
Furthermore, it turns out that God wants Alaskans to drill and transport fossilized dinosaur by-products to put into our gas tanks and furnaces.
God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that... I can do my job there in developing our natural resources and doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded... But really all of that stuff doesn't do any good if the people of Alaska's heart isn't right with God.
I'm not sure which language Governor Palin used to uttered those sage words, however, because for a couple decades she was a member of the Assembly Pentecostal Church, which is famous for its members having the ability to speak in tongues.
To say that understanding Iraq is important for a vice-presidential candidate is like saying that understanding the double-play is important for a potential shortstop. Palin simply does not evoke confidence that she gets all the nuance of conducting a war in a theater such as Iraq, and I doubt the Muslim world will be impressed with her theology.
Seriously, this person wants to be my president? So, again, Ms. Palin, stop feeding red meat to right wing nutjobs and start giving us substantive information about your world view.
Sixty-five days.... and counting.