Does Sarah Palin Hate the United States?

The Alaskan Independence Party web site is a trip — straight to a creepy anti-American neverneverland. This party isn’t just interested in a do-over of the statehood vote. AIP’s “statehood primer” calls statehood a “cruel hoax,” insists that Washington has acted as a colonial power, and refers to “the Americans.” As in, “you people.”

I recommend you check out the store tab on the AIP web site, where for $15 you can buy a t-shirt with their favorite graphic: a giant snake shooting out of Washington, D.C. and devouring Alaska. Yes, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

The Palin Withdrawal Watch is on.

Author: Amy Zegart

Amy Zegart is a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. She is also a faculty affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and a professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (by courtesy). Her research examines national security agencies, American foreign policy, and anything scary. Academic publications include two award-winning books: Spying Blind, which examines intelligence adaptation failures before 9/11, and Flawed by Design, which chronicles the evolution of America’s national security architecture. She is currently working on a book about intelligence in the post-9/11 world. Zegart writes an intelligence column at, and her pieces have also appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. Previously, she taught at UCLA and worked at McKinsey & Company. A former Fulbright Scholar, she received an A.B. in East Asian Studies from Harvard and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford. A native Kentuckian, she loves to watch good college football and bad reality TV.