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Remember Palin's claims:

"When you consider even national security issues with Russia, as (Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where - where do they go? It's Alaska," the Republican vice presidential nominee said in an interview last week with CBS News' Katie Couric.

Well it turns out that's not true and it didn't happen - and the source contradicting Palin is none other than the US military - specifically NORAD.

"When you consider even national security issues with Russia, as (Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where - where do they go? It's Alaska,"

Actually that's incorrect, according to Maj. Allen Herritage, a spokesman for the Alaska region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

"To be very clear, there has not been any incursion in U.S. airspace in recent years," Herritage said.

Why does Palin lie? Why does she hate our military so much she doesn't know the first thing about it? And more importantly why does she keep lying, and the McCain campaign backing her up, when they know what she's saying is untrue?

Asked about Herritage's statement, Palin's foreign policy adviser, Steve Biegun, insisted the candidate's position was correct. Russia's "old behaviors" of aggressively flying into U.S. airspace have been exhibited recently, he said.

"Governor Palin told me that when Russian aircraft buzz American airspace and U.S. aircraft are mobilized at Elmendorf Air Force Base, she is informed by her National Guard commander," said Biegun, who did not offer any additional explanation for the contradiction.

One more "oops" from Palin which reinforces the meme that she's unqualified and unready to be president.

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Originally posted to Shane Hensinger on Tue Sep 30, 2008 at 03:59 PM PDT.

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