October 6th, 2009
10:05 PM ET
5 years ago

'Now is not the time for cold feet,' Palin says of Afghanistan

Former Gov. Palin posted a note on her Facebook page about Afghanistan Tuesday.
Former Gov. Palin posted a note on her Facebook page about Afghanistan Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin has once again taken to Facebook to make her voice heard in the national debate - this time over military strategy in Afghanistan.

Palin published a note on her Facebook page Tuesday that encourages President Barack Obama to grant a request for the tens of thousands of additional troops reportedly requested by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in the country.

"Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision," Palin wrote on the site. "It is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan."

Noting the possible consequences of not helping to build up Afghanistan's institutions, the former Alaska governor also wholeheartedly endorsed McChrystal's counterinsurgency approach to continued U.S. military presence in the country.

"We can win in Afghanistan by helping the Afghans build a stable representative state able to defend itself. And we must do what it takes to prevail. The stakes are very high. The 9/11 attacks were planned in Afghanistan, and if we are not successful there, al Qaeda will once again find a safe haven, the Taliban will impose its cruelty on the Afghan people, and Pakistan will be less stable."

Palin's online message came the same day that congressional leaders from both parties met with the president at the White House to discuss Afghanistan.

Since August, Palin has used her Facebook page several times to weigh in on the debate over health care reform.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Todd

    Right on Sarah......You're an expert on Foregin Policy.....I can't wait for 2012!!!

    Run Sarah, Run!!!!!!

    October 6, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  2. heidi

    Really? What could she possible have to say about this? Please, CNN, stop giving her any press! Duh!

    October 6, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  3. LouAz

    Now that her almost son in law Levi has shown here how to load and operate a rifle, she has become a real Military Expert. Her vision is to make Kabul look like Wasilla AK., and then everybody will live happily ever after. What a gal !

    October 6, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. Enrique

    Sarah Palin would know a thing or two about cold feet. She couldn't handle the demands of being governor of Alaska, so she quit. She's a joke.

    October 6, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. Mae in TN

    It is funny that this woman obviously thinks so highly of herself. She proved that she knows nothing about foreign policy and made a laughing stock of herself but she persists in publicly voicing her opinions as if anyone is really going to listen. Oh will she ever go away? Thanks a lot McCain!

    October 6, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The boob couldn't even it on a map... shut her up and send her packing. What a moron!

    October 6, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I think the darlings of the GOP – Bauchman and Palin – are competing over how much attention they can draw for crazy talk. Seems to be working.... shame on the people who don't have minds of their own.

    October 6, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Anhtawn Costello

    I was wondering if sara palin knows where is Afghanistan. Oh! i know, let's me help, it's in Africa.Lol

    October 6, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. Vgal

    I think the darlings of the GOP – Bauchman and Palin – are competing over how much attention they can draw for crazy talk. Seems to be working.... shame on the people who don't have minds of their own.

    October 6, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. Vgal

    Of course. We should be listening to her because of her vast knowledge in this area. Let's see... she was a 1 1/5 year gov who quit and she can see Russia from her house. Yep, she's clearly qualified to weigh in.

    October 6, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  11. ThinkTank

    The only reason she is endorsing this preemptively is simply to justify the strategy the republicans used in IraQ which they claim was very successful. They advocate more force much more than a logical lasting approach.

    October 6, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  12. mase

    Sicko woman. What does she know in politics? Is Joe the plumber her security adviser? I hope she run in 2012!! Tina Fey will definitely get another Emmy!!!

    October 6, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  13. Lola

    Like I would listen to her...not. There is a reason she is not VP. I am sure the President will make the right decision. Just another time for her to throw out the negativitly to the media against him. I wish they would not give her the attension they are. Better for all of us if she would just go away, and the media would stop covering her.

    October 6, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  14. idesign

    I love the way she bloodies Obama’s nose every now and then.

    October 6, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  15. John

    Hey Palin: SHUT UP!

    Thank you.

    October 6, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  16. amk

    Anyone can be an armchair quarterback.

    October 6, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. Jaybee

    Whis writes her stuff!

    Certainly not her!

    October 6, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. cjl

    Common sense always wins – you can dismiss her all you want, but she's got it.

    October 6, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. American Girl

    Oh.. Please shut up Palin... Lord somebody just remove her.. pelase@

    October 6, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. Jaybee

    Who writes her stuff! Certainly not her! Hmmmm. I wonder who is deciding what she should be saying??? and for what purpose??

    October 6, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    Once again Plain shows how great a vice president she would have made and how great a president she will make.

    October 6, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  22. Sandy

    Is there anyone out there who cares what Ms. Palin thinks? She's too stupid to know which way is up. How dare she critcize someone who has more intelligence in his little finger???

    October 6, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  23. Bob Sloan

    I predict the future!! General McCrystal will be out in a week.Sassing the Prez. who has lots of combat savy. I also predict we will leave Afghanistan just like the Russian, Brits and others.
    Just hope my grandson gets home safe along with his friends and colleagues.
    I also admire Sarah Palin.

    Bob Sloan
    Mammoth Arizona

    October 7, 2009 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
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