Palin ‘taken aback’ by Obama ‘superpower’ remark

Sarah Palin on the attack (AP)

Sarah Palin criticized President Barack Obama on Saturday for saying America is a military superpower “whether we like it or not,” saying she was taken aback by his comment.

“I would hope that our leaders in Washington, D.C., understand we like to be a dominant superpower,” the former Alaska governor said. “I don’t understand a world view where we have to question whether we like it or not that America is powerful.”

Obama said earlier this week that the United States must do its best to resolve conflicts around the world before they grow too serious.

“It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them,” Obama said. “And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”

Palin’s remarks came in a question-and-answer session after a speech at an event in the central Illinois town of Washington to raise money for scholarships and a community center. She spoke to a crowd of about 1,100.

The Republican criticized Obama throughout her speech — for a healthcare overhaul that she says won’t work, for the increase in the national deficit and for disagreeing with Israeli policies.

Palin said she hopes the November elections will produce winners who believe in limited government and encouraging free enterprise.

She also poked fun at the controversy over the requirements listed in a contract for her speech at a California university. Palin thanked the organizers of Saturday’s event for providing a straw for her water bottle — “the bent kind, which I just read in the media that I supposedly insist upon.”

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4 Responses to "Palin ‘taken aback’ by Obama ‘superpower’ remark"

  1. Handsome  April 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    “But what we can make sure of is, is that we are constantly present, constantly engaged, and setting out very clearly to both sides our belief that not only is it in the interests of each party to resolve these conflicts but it’s also in the interest of the United States. It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure. ”

    President Obama’s ACTUAL quote, in FULL.

    Sarah Palin, as usual, distorts and harps upon one sentence, failing to realize that many traditional conservatives, sometimes called paleoconservatives, such as Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan, are wary of sending U.S. forces into harm’s way when there has been no direct attack on U.S. or the correlation between a conflict and U.S. national security interests is rather nominal. Her idol Reagan learned this lesson when he withdrew U.S. forces from Beirut following the bombing that killed 240 U.S. Marines.

    Furthermore, Sarah Palin fails to grasp the idea that Israel, along with Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, receive large amounts of funding or aid from the United States. The reason Obama and Secretary Clinton have criticized Israeli policies as of late is because they violate existing agreements, such as the Roadmap for Peace, laid out by President Bush; the Oslo Accords,which were the results of work done by Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton and their respective diplomatic teams; undermining good faith negotiations and giving radicals within Fatah as well as Hamas and Islamic Jihad the rationalizations they need to sell the Arab/Islamic community for suicide bombings, rocket attacks and drive by shootings.

    Also, Palin constantly plays the more patriotic than thou card, believing that love of country is blind worship of all of the state’s actions and policies. She fails to understand that the U.S. at various points in history has interfered in other nations’ and peoples’ affairs. The United State over the years:

    -Arranged the overthrow of the democratically elected Arbenz government of Guatemala in 1954 at the behest of United Fruit Co, whose former lawyers, the Dulles brothers, ran U.S. foreign policy. Arbez was replaced by a military junta, first led by Col. Carlos Castillo Armas and then various officers and front-men; setting off a 36 year civil war that killed over 200,000 Guatemalans

    -Unlawfully intervened in Vietnam; first, through political machinations, nullifying an election in 1956 that would have settled the issue of a unified,independent Vietnam; Ho Chi Mihn would have prevailed and the U.S. nullified election. Then, three successive administrations sent military personnel to first assist corrupt South Vietnamese government fight local insurgents and then decided to directly combat insurgents.

    -Helped arrange the military coup against ELECTED Chilean president Salvador Allende; preceded by economic embargoes and funding to Allende’s opponents within the Chilean Armed Forces and the government as well as the oligarchs opposed to Allende’s policies. While Allende alienated many elements in Chile just on his own actions, the CIA and Henry Kissinger helped nurture that alienation, resulting in the September 11, 1973 coup in which Allende died and Gen. Augusto Pinochet took charge, resulting in the deaths and disappearances of anywhere from 3,000 to 30,000 Chileans, including the father of the current President of Chile.

    Palin also forgets the U.S. backed the repressive and corrupt Salvadoran regime, which between 1979 and 1992 killed 35,000-40,000 people, including many peasants; see 1981 El Mozote massacre, in which 1,000 civilians were killed and girls as young as 12 raped and murdered. Many journalists were blacklisted because of U.S. support for the Salvadoran regime. The government and its supporters called critics of unconditional aid to El Salvador communists (sound familiar?) or liars. When the war ended in 1992, the Peace Accords were accompanied by an investigation into the massacre and the truth prevailed.

    U.S. SUPPORTED Saddam Hussein for many years. The U.S. supported the Baath Revolution of 1963, deposing General Abd al-Karim Qasim, a Nationalist who ended agreements with UK and U.S.

    The U.S. also supported Hussein in 1980s, during Iran-Iraq War and his greatest act of tyrrany or genocide was in 1988, when he was still a U.S. client strongman; the massacre at Halabja, in which some 5,000 civilians were killed by use of chemical and biological weapons. The U.S. at the time agreed with Iraq’s claim that Iran was responsible.

    Another ally until he was not: Manuel Noriega; on the CIA payroll AND a double agent, providing Havana with sensitive intel.

    Palin only espouses soundbites, such as winning the Cold War and World War II(which the U.S. only entered after being attacked by Japan; did not get involved for any humanitarian reasons or ideological reasons).

    Again, she is caught in a lie or distortion. Where are reasonable conservatives in Congress, the Senate or a governor’s seat that will call her on the carpet and call her for what she is? Pundits such as David Frum, David Brooks and Bruce Bartlett have criticized her. When will people with actual political power on the Hill or within the RNC just finally drop the curtains on this walking, talking national embarassment? I won’t hold my breath.

  2. NC-Tom  April 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I personally am “taken aback” that someone like Sara Palin is taken seriously as a political figure in this country. I guess she is the perfect politician for an empire in decline.

  3. b mcclellan  April 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    The coming out of the “Chic Zombie” has past mercifully in a minute.
    Prom is over soon for the rest..

  4. b mcclellan  April 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Passed mercifully. Or is it past negligence.
    Media queen?
    I suppose one would have to experience war to abhor it Sarah.
    All that non-turkey blood.

    We’ll throw a wolf or two in a bomb crater and you betcha weez got’s plenty ammo with free fuel for your little internal rotor blades.
    Lead on spout of ignorant pressure.
    Hover on your broom, get a good last look, we are ignoring you.

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