Has Palin been hanging out at the American Enterprise Institute?
I ask because of this paragraph in Palin's speech in Hong Kong:
Now tonight, Justin Logan posts at Cato@Liberty about those dastardly "neocons" at the American Enterprise Institute, one of which is Daniel Blumenthal, who wrote:
Think about it. How many books and articles have been written about the dangers of India’s rise? Almost as large as China – and soon to be more populous – virtually no one worries about the security implications of India becoming a great power – just as a century ago the then-preeminent power, Great Britain, worried little about the rise of America to great power status. My point is that the more politically open and just China is, the more Chinese citizens of every ethnicity will settle disputes in courts rather than on the streets. The more open it is, the less we will be concerned about its military build-up and intentions. The more transparent China is, the more likely it is they we will find a true and lasting friendship based on shared values as well as interests.
China is not the only country that is rising. So is India. But we do not worry about India’s rise. That is because India is a democracy. Almost everything it does is transparent to us. We share liberal values with India, including the desire to strengthen the post-World War II liberal international order of open trade and investment and the general desire among democracies to settle internal and external disputes peacefully and democratically. The fact that China is not a democracy matters greatly as it rises. It makes its rise more disruptive as countries have to divine its intentions and observe the gap between its rhetorical policy of a “Peaceful Rise” and some of its actions that are inconsistent with a peaceful rise.
Great minds think alike? Palin has been studying up? Or, since she gave the speech on September 23 and Blumenthal posted his essay on September 25, is he cribbing from her?
Weird, isn't it?
UPDATE: Ah, I see that Blumenthal is in fact one of Palin's advisers. Makes sense then.