As Greg Sargent explained the other day, “Palin and her team of ghostwriters plucked Obama’s remark out of context to quote him saying ‘whether we like it or not,’ we are a superpower. In reality, he was saying that ‘whether we like it or not,’ we get pulled into international conflicts that cost us American lives — so it’s in our security interests to resolve them.”

Reading comprehension isn’t one of the former half-term governor’s strengths, so perhaps it’s not surprising that Palin is badly misquoting, and deliberately misunderstanding, what the president said. Here’s Obama’s actual quote:

“[W]hat we can make sure of is, is that we are constantly present, constantly engaged, and setting out very clearly to both sides our belief that not only is it in the interests of each party to resolve these conflicts but it’s also in the interest of the United States. It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”

Palin, who is painfully, conspicuously unintelligent, wasn’t quite sharp enough to understand the president’s remarks. Perhaps he should have chosen words with fewer syllables.

Read the whole post here.

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