Within days after she announced her intention to run for President, Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, is caught up with yet another gaffe. This time, she referred to North Korea as an ally of the United States.
The 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate had a brief slip of the tongue on the Fox news presenter Glenn Beck's radio show on Wednesday. The presenter asked her how she would handle the crisis situation in the Korean Peninsula, to which she responded, Well this is stemming from a, I think, greater problem. When we are all sitting around asking, Oh no what we are going to do. And we are not having a lot of faith that the White House is going to come out with a strong enough policy.
This speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policies. But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies, she said, at which point the presenter had to correct her that it was South Korea that was the ally of U.S.
She then went on to tweak her statement adding Yeah, and we are also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes.
We are not going to reward bad behavior and we are not going to walk away. And we do need to press China to do more to increase pressure on North Korea, she said.
Palin has been often criticized by media for her limited understating of foreign policy and overseas affairs. In 2008, a New York daily reported Palin as saying Alaska is right over the border from Russia.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama for the first time responded to Palin's claims that she could beat him in the next Presidential race.
I don't speculate on what's going to happen two years from now. What I'm saying is, I don't think about Sarah Palin, Obama told ABC News on Tuesday.