June 7th, 2009
05:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin: Defense cuts are 'a sign of weakness'

Palin is in the middle of a low-key trip to the East Coast.
Palin is in the middle of a low-key trip to the East Coast.

(CNN) – In her strongest public remarks to date on the matter, Sarah Palin admonished the Obama adminstration on Saturday for proposing cuts to Alaska's missile defense network, a move she said would leave her state and the rest of the country vulnerable in the case of a future attack.

The administration cuts, which were announced by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in April and would be enacted in the next fiscal year, would trim $1.2 billion from the Pentagon's missile defense programs. The expansion of a missile field in Fort Greely, Alaska would be halted under the proposed budget.

"Reducing Alaska's defense readiness in these perilous times is a show of weakness, it is not a sign of strength," Palin said during a celebration in upstate New York honoring native son William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska in 1867 as Secretary of State. Video of the speech was posted by the Web site "Conservatives4Palin."

Palin said Alaska's missile defense system is now more vital than ever, particularly in the wake of North Korea's recent nuclear and missile tests. She said a missile fired from North Korea could easily reach Alaska and other parts of the country.

"And yet, Washington thinks it's best now to actually cut defense spending in Alaska by hundreds of millions of dollars," she said. "Now that is an odd priority there."

Palin said she will "argue with every ounce of my being for Washington to pay attention."

"That is not always easy, but it is right," she said. "It is clear to many that some of our priorities as a nation are kind of reversed, and it is my imperative, and it should be all of our imperative, that we get our government priorities right, because if they are misdirected, obviously America is going turn into something that we don't recognize."

At another moment during her speech, the former vice presidential candidate got a cheer from the crowd by repeating a line of attack that was frequently used against Obama during last year's presidential campaign.

Palin explained that Alaskans believe in "the roots of our country, so deep, so strong."

"They're what we need to cling to," she said. "Clinging to, you know, that includes our clinging to our second amendment rights, and our faith in God. Many of us do cling to that strong faith in God."


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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Carrie

    OMG I am so thankful she is not a heart beat away from being our president. Focus on Alaska.

    June 7, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. GOP Disaster

    He NeoCon had the GWB wouldn't have alienate the world we wouldn't have Iran and North Korea with Nuclear technology but it's obvious that this woman is trying to push GWB & Cheney's taking points and get more American troops killed again.

    June 7, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Palin=Pea-Brain

    Wow. So now Palin is supposed to be an expert on defense systems? Why, just a few days ago, she was an expert on the economy. And how is it that she thinks and others believe she's just sooooooooooo much more informed than, say, treasury and defense secretaries and policy makers in the Pentagon?

    Please someone tell Sarah to relax. If all this came about as she imagines, she could claim to be an expert on rocket-hunting, too.

    If the North Koreans fire off a rocket towards Alaska after days and days of planning, she'll can call for the planes to be gassed-up, round up her fellow hunters to bear witness, and pop the things right out of the sky with her rifle.

    June 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. K

    Here is the deal...
    Pro life = more missile and more gun. Those who cries out loud against defense cut, do you understand where the cut is or your opinion is just based on what is said in popular media by those so called pundits...?

    June 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. victor0803

    Palin is right because she can see North KO from her bedroom window. therefore there is need for more weapon to protect her 17year old daughter and her baby. Dud!

    June 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. ZAch

    Anyone that thinks about is "weak" is wrong. He is smart. A lot smarter than Palin and most in the republican party. In fact Palin only has a BA in journalism and really no credit in politics other than running as McCains puppet. I think it funny that the republicans look to Rush for guidance. This to me shows that they are in dis pear. Right now the party has no electable leaders and it is showing. This could be the end to the party as we know it.

    June 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. D.

    Hahahahahahahah! I'm sorry, I just had to laugh this out. I know this was a meaningful contribution. I'll come back with something next time. For now, hahahahahahahahaha!

    June 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Sean from Marin

    And now, representing the deep south and rural midwest, Sarah Palin. Is the Republican party set on 175 electoral votes for the next three or four election cycles? If not, they need to put a lid on the out-of-touch and out-of-control right wing. More importantly, they need someone with a new idea – instead of someone putting a bear skin coat on the same old, tired, dated, losing ideas.

    Keep talk, Sarah, the "god bless this and god bless that" crowd would be lost without you. The rest of us, however, are going back to real 21st century problems – and solutions. p.s. thanks for keeping an eye on Russia for us.

    June 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Ann-Marie

    Sara Palin is about as "right" as a 3 dollar bill. Her main concern needs to be the First Amendment, not the Second. Reason being that if the First Amendment is done away with, she will no longer be allowed to dazzle all of us with her ignorance. America has already changed beyond all recognition – under which of the many Alaskan glaciers was she hiding when that happened? As for the defense plan – here is a defense plan Sara Palin can help with: how America can defend itself from the influence of hate- and war-mongerers such as herself and her GOP cronies ...

    June 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. jose

    what a crap! she was and still is!

    June 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Everyone

    can't we send her back to russia already. someone ring the bell on her 15 minutes.

    June 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Gary

    It is disturbing that even after the mistakes of the Iraq War (and one day after the 65th anniversary of D-Day) that chickenhawks such as Palin still can maintain a "might is right" fallacy for dealing with the rest of the world. The far-right's war in Iraq has weakened America much more than any terrorist attack could have ever done.

    She talks tough for a person who foreign policy experience is essentially limited to giving tours of ice statues.

    What America needs is a leader like President Obama who will engage the world, not demagogues like Palin who can only think in terms of bombs and death.

    June 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Ken in Mt

    My goodness, caribou Barbie is seeing Alaska's govenrment rice bowl being broken? and she wants us all to live in fear from the baddies in Korea?
    Either that or it's the end of the world as we know it. This is so last Millinea that it makes me want to barf. It's straight out of the cold war. Her conservative credentials are safe, no new ideas from her.

    June 7, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Had It June 7th, 2009 12:43 pm ET
    I don't think peace is a sign of weakness. In fact, I think her bullying and hate-mongering are signs of weakness.
    -----------------------–
    i don't think peace is a sign of weakness either BUT what peace? We so easily confusion absence of warfare with peace! This world is NOT at peace! One thing and one thing only will usher us into peace, His name is Jesus!

    June 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Josh, Chicago, IL

    Can someone please get her to stop talking? If Palin is the future of the Republican party I doubt the party has much of a future at all and I am truly scared for the future of our nation. I'm not sure why it is she believes that there is much a strategic reason at all for North Korea to attack Alaska of all places or how she is able to reason to that our current defense systems aren't currently capable of preventing it via the threat of MASSIVE retaliation. Quick word of advice Sarah, people in the real world care about more than Guns and Abstinence programs, find something else to talk about.

    June 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. davit

    We all know that Alaska would certainly be the very first place that any potential adversary would target.

    June 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Nathan from Atlanta

    This Palin quote came right on time because I was in need of a good laugh!

    June 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Eric

    Sarah, if you could please take a step to the far right and just stay there, the entire country would be alot better off.

    June 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. c. patel

    Here's another way of shoring up our defense: increase IQ in governorship of AK.

    June 7, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Zac

    You're totally, right, TxBob, we should totally invade North Korea and start a war. I mean, not like you'll be in the front lines, am I right, buddy?

    June 7, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Reality

    She's weak !!!

    June 7, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Scott

    Would Palin please just go away? The missile defense program has been in existence since Reagan started the whole fiasco (the 80's for those too young to know) and it just doesn't make sense. We can't seriously be worried about a government who is now just testing, when nukes were developed and used over 60 years ago "the good guys". N. Korea can barely feed it's people let alone bomb a country and start a war it knows it will lose.

    June 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. JN

    Obviously Palin forgets W. Bush recommended the same approach and that N. Korea tested missiles often during W. Bush's reign of economic and foreign diplomatic relations destruction. And if every "ounce of her being" is the best she can offer as a defense, Obama is pretty safe.

    June 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Kathy

    If she doesn't believe in the socialist state, she should telling Alaskans they need to each build their own missiles for their own defense. That's capitalism!
    On the other hand, if she believes in becoming self sufficient, she should be taking the millions to make buildings more energy efficient. Alaskan building codes already meet the requirements for this money.
    So she rejects millions to look like a conservative, and then demands billions to look tough. Now, even Gates isn't conservative enough for her.

    June 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Pragmatic

    The republicans have (again) presented an alternative budget – longer than the 19 page with no numbers one. They want to cap all spending in all areas – except for defense... of course. More money for expensive, long term projects that are obsolete before they leave the runway ... always preparing for the "last war" instead of the current one ... which is why the terrorists in Iraq have been so successful in killing our men and women there ...

    June 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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