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. Christina in TX

    OMG! I could totally be a VP! I'm a chick with brown hair and poor eyesight. Oh, and I've been to Europe...twice! Also, this one time I wrote to my congress person. Well, not so much "wrote" but clicked "submit" on a pre-filled email statement attached to some online petition about something.

    September 23, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. Chris in Va.

    Uh.....Mary......"We will all be applying for food stamps.....The United States will go down the tubes" case you haven't noticed we're there now, but it doesn't suprise me coming from someone who supports the 2008 version of The Beverly Hillbillies (Paliar and clan).

    September 23, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. SAL

    Women of America:

    TThe MEDIA SILENCE from Ms. Palin has been deafening. It appears to many women that the GOP campaign has restricted her from speaking unless they write it and unless they give her permission to speak. This is not the model anyone was hoping for in a female candidate for the office of Vice Presidency. It is essentially a message from GOP that women should be controlled and used and then silenced when told to be quiet by men. Why has a GOVERNOR OF A US STATE complied with this disturbing mandate from a group of male politicians. Is that what Palin and McCain envision as the role of women in the government? to be obedient and quiet?

    Are YOU supposed sto just shut up and go vote for the GOP, and then fade away? This is a really disturbing insight into where women stand in the GOP. They handpick a woman-a GOVERNOR, NO LESS-- and then muzzle her while they feed her the party line. Then-and only then-will she be allowed to speak her mind. This is what WOMEN MEAN TO MCCAIN AND THE GOP.



    September 23, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |


    September 23, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Michigan Chick

    This country has gone crazy! God help us. So much matter who wins our country will be deeply divided.

    September 23, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Amy

    How's she supposed to learn...Osmosis? Two short meetings do not equal foreign policy expertise!

    It would be nice if the McCain/Palin campaign would actually make her available for question and answer sessions. Her offer to play stump the candidate would be more believable with access to the press.

    September 23, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. annie - former democrat

    If the do nothing dem. congress had paid as much attention to the banking industry as they have to Gov. Palin, we might not be in this mess. dems have already screwed up on the drill policy – they just let it fall – IMPEACH PUKELOSI and every useless congressman/woman we have regardless of party. If the are not working for AMERICAN CITIZENS then they should be out of a job!! These banks and wall street made this mess themselves let it fall where it may and divide the $700 billion among taxpayers – politicians, bankers, wall strippers and non-journalist NOT INCLUDED! McCAIN/PALIN THE ONLY ONES SMART ENOUGH TO GET US OUT OF THIS MESS!!!

    September 23, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. mitchell

    she makes me want to drill here,drill now!

    September 23, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. REAL Change

    To......jim September 23rd, 2008 5:37 pm ET, you are a sexist and WHAT DO LOVE HAVE TO DO WITH THIS INEXPERIENCE WANT TO BE.............YOU are SUPPOSE to LOVE your Country……

    God Please HELP this person.......................................

    September 23, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Danel

    Mary Texas (wrote) Governor Palin – we are sooooo proud of you. You go girl – help us out – we can not be left with the idiot "OBAMA". If OBAMA should win -we will all be applying for foods stamps!!! The United States will go down the tubes!!
    Where have you been girl?? $700billion bail out not enough for you? Either you're in the top 5% or you're in denial. No way No how no McCain/Palin.

    September 23, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. B

    Can someone stop Palin / Rove from destroying the Social Security system ?

    September 23, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Simple S. P. met some foreign leaders and suddenly she was not simple any more.

    September 23, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Republi-Con

    Karzai: His name is Mirwasi. it means light of the house
    Palin: My son's name is Trig..
    Karzai: Short for trigger??
    Palin: Why yes!! How did you guess??
    Karzai: It wasn't that difficult really. (smiling)
    (Photographers are ushered out of the room by campaign personnel)

    Palin: Was your son breast fed?
    Karzai: Sigh! enough of this rubbish the cameras are gone..Get me out of here.
    Biegun: You already agreed that you would chat for 30 minutes..
    Karzai: I did..but what's there to discuss
    Palin: we can talk about Moose migration if u don't want to talk about your kid.
    Karzai: This is ridiculous

    September 23, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. Obama the REAL Change

    Tracy September 23rd, 2008 5:41 pm ET
    Sarah: Get some "intelligence" for Biden. The idiot wants to send coal plants to China. Thinks FDR was on television. Thinks AIG bailout should NOT happen.
    Well Tracy I guess that's BETTER then I can see Russia from my PORCH....I have FOREIEGN POLICY EXPERIENCE!

    September 23, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    dem for mccain/ are no longer a are NOTHING! "After reading the book Obamanation", Right wing lies bashed as such by every reputable source. If you are stupid enough to buy that crap you don't deserve the right to vote. Drop the Dem from your are a disgrace to our nation.

    September 23, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Ashley



    September 23, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Now this is scary!

    September 23, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |

    Wait a minute!!!!! Sarah Palin met with Foreign Leaders today is a
    story!!!!! Did "Barbie" learn anything or did she flash her eyelashes at them? Escuse me, I am a woman, and Palin don't have a clue!!!!1
    On a day that our economy is in the worse crises in history, we have
    the dumb wit meeting with Foreign Leaders on the news?
    Hillary did not attend because of the fact that Palin was invited,
    then disinvited!!!!! Palin meeting with 10 or 11 Heads of State
    is paultry news.The Republicans are distracting many Americans with this broad who needs to return to Alaska.

    Obama-Biden 2008 or our Country will be gone!!!!

    September 23, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Dave

    It's truly scary that this ditzy, mean, incompetent airhead is being introduced to real foreign leaders as a potential VP of the USA. What must they think of us when they discover how inexperienced she is, how little she has traveled, how little she knows about the world or even the policies of her own government?

    So what do you think of the Bush Doctrine, Governor?
    In what respect Hamid?

    September 23, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. annie - former democrat

    Peter CA – giving a canned speech and using a teleprompter in front of a bunch of drunken Germans isn't exactly 'doing well' and don't think anyone would be jealous of that! BUT maybe you meant his meeting with Iraq officials when he asked them to delay US troop withdrawal until he was elected. You want to laugh at a candidate laugh at the joke that is obama. This violated the Logan Act and could be construed as treason. You still laughing? You jokes that support this idiot, deserve him – the rest of us don't!!

    McCain/Palin '08
    Palin/ ? '12

    September 23, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. aware is not

    aware: "Governor Palin has an intuitive gift of listening and relating to people. "

    I guess she missed her calling as a psychologist. (my apologies to psychologist and the rest of the human race)


    September 23, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. paul

    how's Biden gonna debate Palin with a straight face? I bet she says a lot of things that make him (want to) laugh in her face.

    September 23, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot


    September 23, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Mind Setter


    September 23, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. Pat

    Todd was there so he can explain it to her later with hand puppets, right?

    September 23, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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