Several parts of Charles Gibson’s hit piece/interview series with Sarah Palin are drawing leftwing slobbering over perceived gaffes and extremist, out-of-touch viewpoints. Primarily, the vague “Bush doctrine” question and Palin’s request to her church congregation to pray for the military and national leaders.
The latter issue has been presented in a typically out-of-context fashion. During the Gibson interview, the footage shown of Palin making the remarks is cut off at the end of the supposedly most controversial sentence, leaving off very important portions of what she said. Here are her comments word for word:
“Pray for our military. He’s going to be deployed in Sept. to Iraq. Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country. That our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God; that’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”
The video shown on ABC stops where the bold words begin. The disingenuousness of this editing is shameful. As anyone can see from the full text, Palin was not saying the US is on a crusade commanded by God. Instead, she is asking people to pray that the war and the decisions made in relation to it are within God’s will. Only the virulently anti-religious would have a problem with such sentiment.
Here is video of Palin’s comments, without the selective ABC editing: