September 23rd, 2008
05:31 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin briefed by Director of National Intelligence

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin was briefed by the Director of National Intelligence prior to her meeting heads of state today."]

NEW YORK (CNN) - Before heading out for a trio of well-publicized meetings with foreign dignitaries on Tuesday, Sarah Palin received a national security briefing from the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Michael McConnell, who met with the governor this morning in her New York hotel.

Palin’s top foreign policy adviser informed reporters of the meeting at a small briefing following Palin’s visits with Afghan president Hamid Karzai, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The adviser, Stephen Biegun, formerly a senior official on the National Security Council under President Bush, characterized the intelligence briefing as “routine” and said it was the sort of meeting that “is standard for candidates for the vice president and president.” Biegun said several officials were present to brief Palin.

Palin then departed her hotel for a series of motorcade trips around Manhattan, visiting with foreign leaders for the first time in her career.

“These are relationships that she intuitively understands are very important for the next President and Vice President of the United States,” Biegun said of the meetings.

In those get-togethers, Palin kept the focus primarily on energy issues and the growing influence of Russia, according to Biegun. Palin found Kissinger particularly engrossing - their meeting had been scheduled to last 30 minutes, but the two met for nearly an hour and a half.

“In talking to Dr. Kissinger,” Biegun said, “she certainly had a lot of questions about how the United States can develop a cooperative relationship with Russia, what are some of the unique challenges to the current state of Russia's political development, and having been in particular, some of the recent developments we've seen with Russia - backsliding democracy, Russia’s incursion into Georgia.”

Asked about her meetings with Karzai and Uribe, Biegun said Palin “liked them very much” and “established a great personal rapport.”

With Karzai, Palin chatted for half an hour about John McCain’s desire to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. With Uribe, she listened for about 20 minutes as the president discussed the country’s security situation and its handling of the FARC guerillas.

According to Biegun, “rather than make specific policy prescriptions, she was largely listening, having an exchange of views, and also very interested in forming a relationship with people she met with today.”

Biegun, who is helping prepare Palin for her debate with Sen. Joseph Biden on October 2 in St. Louis, would not say what specific topics the governor was concentrating on in her study sessions.

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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The foregin dignitaries probably asked Palin where is Obama. Palin probably made up some none sense lie so the subject was changed to talk about children. Dignitaries know when they're talking to an idiot.

    September 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Zaley

    Watch, when it comes time to debate Joe Biden, look for Sarah Palin to call in sick.

    September 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Do not show Palin pictures or footage

    Don't give her any airtime unless she gives a press conference? and America is way more dangerous to the world than Iran.

    September 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. America for Obama

    "Palin briefed on the lies she needs to be telling by the Director of National Lack of Intelligence" should have been the headline. What is else is knew, the GOP is trying to cram so many lie's into the moose woman's head that it's no wonder she can't keep them all straight. Remember GOP she is kind of slow, so one lie at a time please.

    September 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Carol, Indiana

    Let me clue the Dems. in--Sarah Palin is not interested in winning in November--she's 44 years old and is being groomed to run for President in 2012 and 2016. She's being exposed to the American people on a grand scale drawing crowds of up to 50,000 as witnessed in Florida last week-she's being thoroughly vetted-and she's getting serious foreign policy exposure at the same time.

    Obama/Biden can deal with the depression over the next four years and after they show Americans that they can't handle it, Sarah will step in and take over in 2012'.

    That's the plan straight from Karl Rove.

    September 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Rhenia, FL

    It was brief because she can't retain very much information at one time.

    McCain is insane for picking this woman, she's a joke.

    O/B 08

    September 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |

    Her IQ is up to 60 now.

    September 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Ellery

    And guess what else, folks? The McCain camp has made sure that even the Vice Presidential debate will be fixed so that Palin isn't "disadvantaged." What do they think this is, a boxing match? Yeah, a flyweight might be disadvantaged in the ring with a heavyweight, but we're talking about candidates debating for the number 2 job in the land! How could she be disadvantaged? Oh, wait – by being less educated, less informed, less prepared, less experienced, maybe? You think??? We need to all complain loudly in every public forum we can find that the debates MUST NOT be fixed by either side! They want to prove themselves ready? Then no special formats that favor either candidate!

    September 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. IBMMuseum

    Our latest "Action Figure" even has 'Action' in her name: "Affirmative Action Sarah", picked just for the fact that she is a woman. It doesn't matter if you are a male candidate more qualified, Sarah can see every country from her house on top of the world (all she has to do is look down). She will save the world!!!

    September 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Scott L




    September 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Mia Li Yong

    In the end we will get what we deserve. I'm voting for Barack and crossing my fingers.

    September 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Keep dreaming Republicans. Palin will never enter the White House as anything more than maybe a temp secretary! And I dont believe she is qualified to do that.

    September 23, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. Jill

    Sarah Palin being introduced to foreigh leaders?!!? Can you imagine what the rest of the world is thinking. What a bunch of blinded dopes!

    September 23, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. Jose

    Latinos for Barack Obama–Si.

    September 23, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Tmack

    Nice to know that Bush and Palin are in the same place, rubbing elbows with foreign dignitaries in New Yawk city while real Americans are hurting at the pump, at the bank, and at the grocery store. We have no security or foreign influence in this country without economic power. Shows where her real priorities are.

    September 23, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Len in Washington

    Every story about Palin for the past two weeks has included the phrase "former Bush staff members" or "former Bush advisors"
    WOW, "What a Maverick" eh? No Bush ties here!

    -Speed dating foreign Heads of State
    -Intelligence briefings in a Readers Digest Condensed version
    -NO press conferences
    -NO testimony concerning investigations
    -Personally causing the crashes of all the "fact checking" sites

    She's a joke.

    September 23, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Jack

    Gee I hope the Director tells her where Afghanistan is located since she can't see it from her bedroom window.

    September 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. WASP Member!!!

    Palin, her legs crossed and at one point patting her heart, was leaning in eagerly and smiling. Karzai, wearing his traditional clothes but without his trademark karakul hat, was also grinning while discussing the child. His remarks were mostly unintelligible as the noise from the clicking cameras drowned them out.

    “What is his name?,” Palin asked.

    “Mirwais,” Karzai responded. “Mirwais, which means, ‘The Light of the House.’”

    “Oh nice,” Palin responded.

    “He is the only one we have,” remarked Karzai.

    After 29 seconds observing the meeting, CNN and other photographers covering the meeting were escorted out of the room.

    September 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. bob

    "four years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and manager of one of the most impressively flawless and forward thinking presidential campaigns"

    Ok he has run an impressive political campaign just like any political hack does, but those four years seem to have been wasted on him , his world view is that of a neophyte , he thinks like that congressman before WWII that thought if he could only sit down and talk with Hitler the whole war could have been avoided.

    He is bad news and will move our country so far to the left it will be further pink than Venezuela

    September 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. david

    i feel sorry for sarah, she's in wrong time, wrong place, Obama will win. Hillary will win the election after Obama's 2nd term as president. so i guess sarah will have to wait for 16 more years and she can try to race for the white house again.

    September 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Dirk, OR

    The face that will start a thousand wars. Because the rest of the world will know how vulnerable we are.

    Thanks, but no thanks John.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Adam, you are out to lunch. Law school would not have covered any of this, and even if it did it would be dated. Obama has no foreign policy experience, period, and he's the top of the ticket. Rock tours like he did this summer doesn't cut it.

    September 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Lisa D.

    When it 's time to debate Joe Biden, look for Sarah to call in sick.

    September 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    I would like to offer that you run a telethon, I will promise that you can lock me in a "cone of silence" and run "Head On" commercials 24 hours a day, until folks donate enough coins so that you can only use closed captioning anytime Failin' Palin opens her pie hole.


    September 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. KC

    Debriefing? Oh so now we know his kids name. Wow.

    September 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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