October 7th, 2009
08:01 AM ET
9 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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