Sarah Palin is headed for India next month to attend the India Today Conclave in New Delhi to deliver the closing keynote address on the subject of “My Vision for America.” All things considered, it is a splendid place for Palin to see and be seen at.
Also attending the conference is a group of movers and shakers from India, Pakistan, and other places. The Prime Minister of India will give the opening keynote address. Mohammed ElBaredei will speak at the dinner on the close of the first day’s session. Germaine Greer will participate in a debate on whether the bikini and the burka can coexist. Neil Ferguson will speak on “The Myth on American Decline.” There will also be sessions on terrorism, culture, and honesty in politics.
India is one of the rising powers of the 21st century. Its economic growth has exploded in recent years. The country, once known for its poverty, has become an information systems technology power house. India has its own space program and is poised to become the fourth country to put a human being in space.
More importantly, India has become a firm ally of the United States. It is seen as a counter balance to China, another rising power that is decidedly unfriendly to the US.
Sarah Palin’s most recent foreign trip was to deliver a well-received speech to an economic conference in Hong Kong. She is planning trips this year to both England, where she hopes to meet with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Israel.
There is an obvious strategic purpose to Palin’s planned foreign travels. In India she will get to mingle with some of the power brokers of an important American ally and rising power the better to understand the issues that concern them and to allow them the opportunity to meet her. Israel and Britain are also traditional American allies, albeit ones who have been deliberately slighted by the current administration. Sarah Palin would meet with many of the people with whom she would be dealing should she become president.
One of the slams against Palin is that she is somehow unaware of the outside world. Recent evidence does not bear this out. Her prescriptions for foreign policy questions, most recently in Libya, have proved to be far more intelligent than those being followed by the White House, Her planned travels to foreign capitals are obviously meant to try to counteract that impression put out by her enemies. Thus Palin the international stateswoman is to be built for public consumption just in time for the 2012 elections.
Sources: Palin plans March trip to India, Andy Barr, Politico, February 23rd, 2011
India Today Conclave 2011