Palin: There are serious questions that demand answers
May 3rd, 2011
06:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin: There are serious questions that demand answers

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin raised "serious questions that demand answers" about the successful mission in Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. And she commended "fighting warriors in our armed forces" while speaking at the Tribute to the Troops benefit at Colorado Christian University Monday night.

In remarks posted on her SarahPAC website Tuesday, the possible presidential candidate reflected on the U.S. special forces mission in Pakistan and made recommendations for military policy moving forward.

"There's no military in the world that could have accomplished what that young team of SEALs accomplished," she said. "But there are still many questions that demand answers."

Palin questioned how long bin Laden lived in "an affluent city outside Islamabad" and not "in a dark cave in the mountains." She asked why the "most wanted man in the world" was able to avoid detection and whether Pakistani leaders were assisting him.

"There are lots of questions, lots of questions about the burial, about photos; and those things will certainly be disclosed, we must trust," she said.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee outlined a five-step formula for the effective use of force, partly based on policies of President Ronald Reagan, according to Palin.

Among them, "If we have to fight, we fight to win" by using "overwhelming force;" having "clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm's way," because, "If you can't explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle;" and sending armed forces as a last resort.

"We don't go looking for dragons to slay," Palin said.

"Remember, Reagan liked to keep it simple, yet profound. Remember what he would say to the enemy? He'd say, 'we win, you lose.'"


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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Douglas

    It is clearly apparent that this delusional woman suffers from a severe case of diarrhea of the mouth. It is also cleary apparent she panders to the lost common denominator of the american populace.

    May 3, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Aaron J

    This person (Palin) deserves NO space in any serious discussion about anything relating to the presidency, foreign policy, economics, decisions made by elected leaders, or anything associated with this nation's real issues. As a political failure, a quitter, a money making schill, and lacking any real serious thoughts; she is neither qualified nor intelligent enough to be "heard" on the national stage

    May 3, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. JustMe

    Oh lord Sarah, just go back to Alaska and stop fanning the flames of conspiracy theories. Just trying to cause trouble and nothing more! And while you're at it, Sarah, why don't you give credit where credit is due and actually thank President Obama you little witch!

    May 3, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. YourBetter

    $arah – you are no Reagan. How can you spend your life trying to be all these people from the past when you can't even finish a job given to you in the present (quitting on your fellow Alaskans)? P.S. I can't imagine how "mixed up" (I'm trying to be kind) you will be when menopause hits.

    May 3, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Tam

    I have no interest in what this poor excuse for a sentient human being thinks

    May 3, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Desmond in Canada

    Failin' Palin talking about serious questions? GOP, you DO NOT have anybody who can hold a candle to Obama but please, please make it really easy for him by putting this individual on your ticket again!

    May 3, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. jamison

    The only thing serious about Palin are her looks. From the neck up there is nothing there but total lunacy. A vast number of the folks that once listened to her finally realized there is no substance there and have dismissed her and her rantings.

    May 3, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Lisa from Tampa

    She is a crazy person. She has absolutely no idea what she is talking about and anyone taking her seriously as a candidate shoiuls return to high school. It s amazing how Republicans are piling it on now...trying to take credit for this mission.

    May 3, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. Hotdog

    This lady is stupid. If the Bush administration energy bill was not disclosed because of national security, then why in the world does she think any questions regarding this mission would not comprimise national security?

    May 3, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Among them, "If we have to fight, we fight to win" by using "overwhelming force;" having "clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm's way," because, "If you can't explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle;" and sending armed forces as a last resort

    What did GW Bush say Sarah? I forgot. Can we explain Iraq and Afghanistan to the American people? Are WMD's dragons to slay? What a moron!

    May 3, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. kmjay

    Ok let say 600,000 people (Alaska) elect you (Palin) to lead them, and all of sudden you (Palin) quit. Now you want 300 million (USA) people to listen to you criticize and vote for you to replace the current leader. REALLY!

    May 3, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. mexoplex

    "If you can't explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle;" and sending armed forces as a last resort.

    Really Ms Palin? you should have told Bush that before he signed us up for Iraq and Afghanistan.

    May 3, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Reggie from LA

    As if she were a pundit, or intellectual or respected voice of reason, her comments continue to fascinate us. Many talented people work all their lives to maybe have a shot at a few moments in front of a camera or audience and nothing ever happens for many of them. Sarah Palin, like no other former candidate continues to believe that her commentary is a gift to all of us. The pit bull or bear or whatever she is at this time, really should give it a rest. We could use it.

    May 3, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. LJ

    WHY do we care what the Quitta from Wasilla has to say about anything? She is no longer a politician, and she hates the media, so QUIT giving the Mama Grizzlie anymore attention.

    May 3, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Jen

    My goodness, when when she and all the other jealous conservatives go away? Mr. Bush had eight years to find him. Conservatives just can't stand it when a black president of the USA finds the most wanted person in the world in less than three years. Boo hoo. You should be a proud american no matter who was in the oval office. Cheezeeee, let it go. So sick of all this.

    May 3, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. Jen

    My goodness, when will she and all the other jealous conservatives go away? Mr. Bush had eight years to find him. Conservatives just can't stand it when a black president of the USA finds the most wanted person in the world in less than three years. Boo hoo. You should be a proud american no matter who was in the oval office. Cheezeeee, let it go. So sick of all this.

    May 3, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
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