September 26th, 2008
11:38 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin: U.S. should never 'second-guess' Israel

CNN

Watch: In her third TV interview, Gov. Sarah Palin raises eyebrows with some of her comments.

(CNN) – The United States should not second guess actions Israel takes in the name of security, Sarah Palin seemed to suggest in a Thursday interview.

The Republican VP nominee recently said that she would never "second guess Israel if that country decided to attack Iran." Speaking with Katie Couric of CBS News, she stood by that quote.

“We shouldn't second guess Israel's security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust, for one,” she said. “Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself. They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them. They need us. And we shouldn't second guess their efforts.”

The Alaska governor said the United States should be free to relay its rights our concerns, but “we don't have to second-guess what their efforts would be if they believe ... that it is in their country and their allies, including us, all of our best interests to fight against a regime, especially Iran, who would seek to wipe them off the face of the earth,” said Palin. “It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are.”

Palin spent the week meeting with foreign leaders in New York.


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soundoff (424 Responses)
  1. Janet, Senior White Female

    OOPS! Again! I hope Iran doesn't fly over Alaska's Air Space!?????

    September 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Virginia Tech for OBAMA

    I'm terrified at the fact that this is still a close race....

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. David

    This is the smartest thing she has said since being chosen.

    A vice president that understands the importance Israel has to America is the only one that can do the job right.

    If America does not 100% defend Israel, it will lose all influence in the Middle East, and the future of our way of life will be in grave danger.

    Why more of you didn't vote for Hillary, I'll never understand. But, now that we're past that, I'll take a "crazy" Palin and McCain that will keep the status quo over an egotistical Obama-Biden who is too uber-liberal for their own good!

    Vote Canada!

    September 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. gROOSE

    Sarah Palin WANTS a Third World War. She's part of a rising number of Christians who believe we're in end times. They want a war between Iran-Russia-China vs. the USA and Israel to trigger Jesus's return, their ascendance to heaven, and all the other stuff from Revelations. Look up Christian dominionists, or even Rapture-ready.

    To reiterate– she WANTS A WORLD WAR.

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Cam

    Hey Pleading for America above:

    Do your homework. McCain has missed the most votes out of any senator. To say Obama is not doing his job is a direct insult to McCain. Thanks for the free ammo.

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    Why must we always come to Israel's defense? That's partly why so many Islamic extremists hate us. Let's stop entangling alliances, stop giving military aid to other countries, and stop policing the world! It's costing us allies and lots and lots of money!

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Karen from Charlottesville

    When I hear her talk, I feel like I fell down the rabbit hole. She is really a discredit to women – her cutesy answers are completely inappropriate and don't fool anyone paying attention.

    I hope for the good of this country that Americans see through this.

    In my opinion, John McCain is a traitor to his country for jeopardizing us by choosing as his VP someone completey unprepared and unqualified. And in my mind, no matter how much "International Relations 101" she gets fed, Sara Palin will NEVER be qualified.

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. tulsa

    bless her heart.

    (if you're not from the south, that's an insult)

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. American and proud of it (OHIO)

    AMERICA WE WILL NOT FALL FOR THE OKEY DOKE IN 08'

    TOO MUCH "TRICKERY" WITH THE REPUBLICANS, THEY THINK WE ARE STUPID. NOT THIS TIME – NO WAY – MY KIDS NEED A FAIR CHANCE AT LIFE. MY 401 K IS NOW A 201 K THANKS BUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO MC – PAIN FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    REPUBLICAN VOTING DEMOCRAT IN 2008

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Ray, Boston MA

    I told you guys don't make her meet world leaders
    She thinks that she understands politics now!!

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Does anyone remember the Peter Principle which states "people tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence" ?
    Sarah Palin may have done well enough in her mayoral job or be popular as the Governer of Alaska...but Vice President may be just too much for her.

    This principle can also be expressed in more simpler terms: The cream sours as it rises.

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. tedious898

    Sarah Palin does not have the intelligence or even understand the breadth/depth of the issues involving foreign relations. You simply cannot publically espouse or support a philosophy of Armagedon in the Middle East. Its as if she has no understanding of the history of the region. I would have thought it was part of the curriculi for a journalism degree. guess not!

    Maybe she's using her responses from her beauty pageant. America I Give you Ms. South Carolina by way of Alaska. Find it on the map!

    Vote Obama / Biden and save the world from a nuclear armed Palin

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. INDEPENDANT VET

    CHICKEN LITTLE , CNN FILLS IN WHERE HITLER LEFT OFF, BY SPREADING MORE LIES. FOR HE WAS A GREAT SPEECH WRITER ALSO.

    September 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. ME

    Condoleza Rice had used the SAME EXACT wording....grow up kool aid drinkers.

    September 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. McCain for Pres.

    BARACK OBAMA HAS LESS EXPERIENCE THAN SARAH PALIN AND HE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. BE VERY AFRAID.....

    September 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Seattle Voter

    What can I say....pretty face but no brain. Her rationale doesn't make any sense. Maybe she needs to go back to school and study US HISTORY AND WORLD HISTORY so she can add them to her resume. Seattle population is bigger than the state of Alaska. So I don't think she's ready to be VP. Maybe she can control Alaskans but not the rest of the main land USA.

    September 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Victor from MI

    Ready from day one!

    September 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Paula

    She has been watching too many John Wayne movies.

    September 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. ReMiWa

    She's an idiot, plain and simple.

    Its one thing to support and vote for McCain but she simply isn't worthy of the title "Vice President".

    Her comments on Israel show her ignorance! She can't expound on anything. She can only repeat talking points given to her by her handlers. "We can't second guess Israel". Well Sarah, please tell me why? That 's what I want to know.

    Should American taxpayers continue to support Israel financially when clearly we have our own financial problems? She we allow them to obliterate the Palestinians? Why Sarah??? Can you think for yourself?

    September 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. fred

    she crazy it sounds like bush and mccain about the war . trust me they say

    September 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Harold

    The slanderous comments on here are ridiculous. I would love to hold any of the people who leave comments here to their own standards.

    It is obvious that most people are merely cheerleaders for their candidate instead of thinking about issues. It bears little difference than Yankees vs Red Sox.

    September 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Iris, NJ

    I was wondering why her friends weren't voting for her. NOW I KNOW–there's no one home, but she's a lovely lady.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Jamie, Hattiesburg,MS

    All of this is what has came back around to haunt the republicans.Thinking that just because they are "white" by firing up the base, country first that whole shameful republican convention was really a subleminal underhanded attempt by McCain to rally the white vote to not vote for this black man.You can't treat people they way they did and expect a good outcome.What goes around comes around.

    September 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Mike

    and by the way Palin, there has already been a second and third and fourth holocaust....Or have you not heard about the ongoing genocide in Africa. Maybe you just don't care about that though, since there's no Moose Stew in Africa.

    September 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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