In the interest of good ol' bi-partisanship, it is fair to note that Palin's declarations of a 'War with Russia' copied verse for verse current US Policy on NATO expansion. In fact, the "moose hunting rube" satirized on SNL sure did sound a lot like US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (not a moose hunter) at the NATO Summit in April:
"We agreed today that these countries [Georgia and Ukraine] will become members of NATO," said Rice. "There have long been questions about whether NATO would be prepared to . . . countenance membership for a country in the Caucasus like Georgia. And this is an unequivocal statement, yes."
Few have accused Sec. Rice of wanting to start a war with Russia, or for that matter, lacking expertise in foreign affairs. And if you look really hard, you can almost see Russia from the windows of Foggy Bottom.