EVEN DUMBER THAN WE THOUGHT…. Former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) once claimed to have valuable foreign policy insights to offer because Vladimir Putin had flown over her state. She wasn’t kidding.

Nevertheless, Palin still feels comfortable talking about foreign policy, and even giving advice to the president. Over the weekend, for example, Palin said President Obama would be in much better shape if only he’d initiate a war against Iran. Another U.S. invasion of a Middle Eastern country, she seriously argued, would ensure the president’s re-election.

“Say [the president] played, and I got this from [Pat] Buchanan, reading one of his columns the other day. Say he played the war card. Say he decided to declare war on Iran, or decided to really come out and do whatever he could to support Israel, which I would like him to do. But that changes the dynamics in what we can assume is going to happen between now and three years. […]

“I’m saying, if he did, things would dramatically change if he decided to toughen up and do all that he can to secure our nation and our allies. I think people would perhaps shift their thinking a little bit and decide, well, maybe he’s tougher than we think he is today.”

Palin “got this” from “reading” one of Pat Buchanan’s columns — apparently this one, headlined, “Will Obama Play The War Card?”

The problem, of course, is that Palin didn’t get quite past the headline. Buchanan argued against going to war with Iran. While Daniel Pipes said invading Iran would be a boon to Obama’s presidency, Buchanan argued the opposite.

It’s a shame mildly-sophisticated foreign policy ideas — such as who supports which war — can’t fit on the palm of a hand.

Sarah Palin’s capacity to be a constant embarrassment to herself is limitless.

Steve Benen

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.