In response to false accusations in a Boston Globe Article, Governor Palin’s Campaign has issued a sharp rebuke to those who claimed that the Governor did not travel into Iraq during her trip to the Middle East last summer. Governor Plain made the trip to visit Alaskan National Guard troops.
The Globe reported today that Palin’s trip into Iraq was just a border crossing between Kuwait and Iraq. The question is this, if the Globe new she crossed into Iraq, why would they run a story with a headline implying Palin had, in fact, not been to Iraq? The Globe asked the Palin Campaign to confirm the border crossing. The Campaign confirmed the border crossing.
The Globe noted that in Palin’s ABC interview Thursday night with Charlie Gibson, Palin did not mention Iraq when talking about the trip. Palin mentioned visiting the troops in Kuwait and then visiting injured soldiers in Germany.
The Globe could not know if Palin had in fact mentioned a visit to Iraq. ABC edited Palin’s comments during the interview and there would be no way to know if Palin mentioned Iraq only to have those comments end up on the editing room floor. ABC admits to editing out Palin’s objection to being misquoted during the questioning and that several vidoes used in the televised portion of the ABC interview were, in fact, edited.
The Palin campaign has responded in detail, stating that Govern Palin did cross into Iraq, her stay was brief, she attended a re-enlistment ceremony for a member of the Alaskan National Guard.
The Palin Campaign confirmed, “Last summer, Governor Palin traveled to Kuwait where she visited Alaskan National Guard troops deployed to the war in Iraq at Camp Arifjen. While she was there she traveled to the K Crossing on the Kuwait-Iraq border, and a quarter mile into Iraq.”
The Pentagon General who traveled with Governor Palin and presided over the re-enlistment ceremony of the Alaskan National Guard soldier, confirmed that Palin did, in fact, travel into Iraq.
During the return trip to the United States Governor Palin had a stop-over at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Governor Palin used the stop-over as an opportunity to visit wounded soldiers at the Landstuhl military hospital.
Is there no limit to the falsehoods and smear attacks that the media will direct at Governor Palin?
It is 11:45 PM – On 09/13/04 and the Washington Times has joined the attack to spread this false rumor. The Washinton Times Article notes that Palin was accompanied by a General –
OBAMA CAMP SUGGESTS LIES OVER PALIN VISIT TO IRAQ Glen Johnson – Associated Press
Originally Published 11:42 p.m., September 13, 2008 – Updated 11:41 p.m., September 13, 2008
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