SilentPatriot, Crooks and Liars: This scandal is as easy to follow as it is transparently outrageous. Since choosing her as VP, the McCain campaign has been trying it’s hardest to make the case that as “Commander in Chief” of the Alaskan National Guard, Sarah Palin has relevant national security experience. On August 31, the actual commander of the Alaska National Guard– Major General Craig Campbell — punctured a hole in that meme when the AP reported Campbell saying:Change we can believe in, huh? VetVoice has much more.
“[Palin plays] no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard.”
On September 3, Campbell went even further, saying:
“The Alaskan governor is not in the ite’s chain of command and has no authority over its operations.”
Realizing that Campbell was severely undercutting one of the campaign’s main talking points, it appears someone leaned on him and got him to change his tune…on FOX News:
“In the last few days, I’ve been watching the press, and I’ve not been very pleased with what I’ve been seeing about the chastising of the National Guard by having it diminished by the insinuation that a commander-in-chief of the National Guard doesn’t really control the military. The National Guard has 500,000 people in it around this great country, serving in states and overseas. National Guards are state military forces run by governors, and Sarah Palin does it great.”Now, for being a good soldier, Campbell has gotten a major promotion.