ABOUT THAT IRAQ TRIP…. Shortly after Sarah Palin was added to the Republican ticket, a reporter inquired about Palin’s foreign travel. A Palin aide said the governor had visited Ireland. That turned out to be false; a plane she was on merely refueled there.

That was kind of embarrassing, but this is considerably worse. (via Atrios)

Sarah Palin’s visit to Iraq in 2007 consisted of a brief stop at a border crossing between Iraq and Kuwait, the vice presidential candidate’s campaign said yesterday, in the second official revision of her only trip outside North America.

Following her selection last month as John McCain’s running mate, aides said Palin had traveled to Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq to meet with members of the Alaska National Guard. During that trip she was said to have visited a “military outpost” inside Iraq. The campaign has since repeated that Palin’s foreign travel included an excursion into the Iraq battle zone.

But in response to queries about the details of her trip, campaign aides and National Guard officials in Alaska said by telephone yesterday that she did not venture beyond the Kuwait-Iraq border when she visited Khabari Alawazem Crossing, also known as “K-Crossing,” on July 25, 2007.

First, the list of things Palin hasn’t told the truth about seems to be growing at quite a clip.

Second, it wasn’t too terribly long ago that McCain mocked Barack Obama’s qualifications for national office by saying he hadn’t spent enough time in Iraq. Indeed, McCain and his surrogates suggested, more than once, that if Obama really cared about the troops and U.S. national security, he would have spent even more time on the ground there.

I guess that’s another inoperative talking point.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.