Sarah Palin stumbles with North Korea gaffe

SARAH Palin’s foreign policy credentials suffered another hefty blow when she mistakenly insisted that the US must stand by its “North Korean allies”.

The former beauty queen and Alaska governor was asked about the conflict on the Korean peninsula during an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio show.

Twice she claimed that the US must stand firm alongside Kim Jong-il’s Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Ms Palin was lampooned during her failed vice-presidential campaign in 2008 for claiming that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gave her an edge when it came to Kremlinology.

She was also caught out in a foreign policy interview when it became clear that she had no idea what constituted the sitting president’s “Bush doctrine”.

Despite her frequent malapropisms, which recently included inventing the word “refudiate”, and her lack of geopolitical knowledge, Ms Palin is one of the favourites to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

In her latest book, America by Heart, which was published yesterday, she claimed that the mockery she suffered during that campaign was a result of sexism.

As part of her media blitz, Ms Palin called in to the nationally syndicated Beck show. When she was asked about the escalating conflict in Asia she said it was worrying that the Obama administration could not be trusted to take the appropriate action.

“We’re not having a lot of faith that the White House is going to come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is that North Korea is going to do. So this speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policies,” she said.

“But obviously we gotta stand with our North Korean allies.”

The host interjected after her second slip of the tongue to point out that South Korea was the real US ally. “Err, yeah,” she said.

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