September 8th, 2008
01:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Vet group calls for investigation into Track Palin's deployment

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Track Palin is supposed to deploy to Iraq on Thursday ."]

(CNN) - A liberal veterans group called Monday for an official investigation into media discussion of Track Palin’s deployment to Iraq — prompting a Defense Department response that there had been no irregularities involved, and would be no investigation.

“Numerous outlets have reported the date and location of Palin's deployment, which compromises operational security,” said Vote Vets in a statement. “The source of the leaks would be acting in violation of the law, and putting troops at unnecessary risk, and could be prosecuted.”

But the kind of information the group is referring to is typically publicly released by the Defense Department well in advance of a unit’s deployment. And the date of Palin’s upcoming deployment has been referred to numerous times by his mother, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, on the campaign trail.

"There is no violation of operational security,” said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. “DoD tells the public when we rotate a brigade into Iraq or Afghanistan."

There was no word from the Pentagon on whether there had been any requests for special consideration in Track Palin’s case. Earlier this year, John McCain asked the media not to report the precise date and time his son Jack would be returning from Iraq until he was back in the United States, a request that was honored by all major news organizations.

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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    pow?....nah...more like Pitiful Old Warmonger

    September 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    as for the pitbull....she doesn't deserve any comment.....pitifull also

    September 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Greg

    Republicans have absolutely no right to criticize any of these tactics after they ran an entire 2004 campaign on the grounds that John Kerry was somehow unpatriotic for earning a silver star, a bronze star and a purple heart in Vietnam. What a double standard.

    This is not saying that these tactics should be condoned by anyone either. But in the realm of the current political atmosphere, they are certainly permissible on precedent. Oh yeah and this isn't the Obama campaign's doing. So stop trying to spin it like this is a reflection on him.

    September 8, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. ArtNYC

    This is public information that the military publishes, why are the Liberals making fuss about nothing? Obama cult member please stop it, you're doing a disservice to your candidate, look at the polls.

    September 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Jayson

    I wish people cared this much when some anonymous source decided to leaked new intelligence gathering methods being used against terrorits.....

    September 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    No need to fear or slander Palin, she is self destructing right before our eyes.

    September 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    What I find ironic is how Palin referred to Hillary as a whiner during the primaries. Who is doing the whining now? If Palin won't outline her views on the issues that are important to the nation, then the press will find a story where they can. That's politics. As a female, I don't think that we can have a double standard. Our male politicians have to account for everyone they have sex with. Male politicians lives are examined with a fine tooth comb. When you decide to jump onto the big stage you have to be willing to play ball with the big boys and girls.

    September 8, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. J.C.

    "And the date of Palin’s upcoming deployment has been referred to numerous times by his mother, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, on the campaign trail." – CNN

    If this were true, then Governor Palin isn't very smart in protecting her son and his unit. She needs to learn how to be a soldier's parent from Senator McCain.

    September 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Priscilla California

    Bonnie if there were facts to pay attention to other than Palin lying about the bridge, earmarks, the plane and being so proud of her pregrant unwed teenage daughter then maybe we would. She and McInsane need to focus on the issuses like the economy,housing, health care, education and how we are going to get out of this mess. Oh excuse me he helped create it, my bad. Thats right, it's about personalities and not the issues according to his campaign. It does not matter what job Biden son will have, he is still in harms way. Palin is dangerous wake up some of you sleeping Americans and take the blinders off.

    September 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Ilona from Alberta

    They pulled Prince Harry out of Afganistan for a reason.

    September 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. b Jiggy

    "my friends, change is coming" – Senator McCain.

    But McCain has been in Congress for more than 25 years. His party, the Republicans, have controlled the White House or Congress or both since 1980. Another example of how Obama would be a better president. His whole campaign was based around the idea of change. Mccain has been losing in polls for months, now he wants to talk about change. Thats funny 🙂

    go dems!!!

    September 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |


    September 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Lay off Palin. It is quit clear why she was selected. When she gets into office she will know place. So people stop worrying about her family more directly Trig. She will be there 24/7 to raise him. She won't spend one day away from him while in me. A pretty girl like that, only job she has is to look pretty. Let the good ol' boys handle the heavy lifting.

    September 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. maynard hopkins wi

    At least Palins son is going to fight for our country that leaves a lot to be said about Obama I thought about joining the service but backed out of it..... the little weasel now wants to be president

    September 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Speider

    If he is killed, will she still support the war?

    September 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. A Fearful Future

    I am extremely fearful of the future of my country. Comments from a previous article have people stating that Palin's views are the views of average Americans. I do not agree. I am 25 yrs old and worried about my employment, school loans, buying a home, and having a family. I cannot do most of the latter because I am living like most Americans- paycheck to paycheck. This woman does not understand me, my concerns, and I am even more scared of what she would do if (God Forbid) she became President, let alone VP. Nazism was started by extreme Nationalism, and a hatred for everything that was different. Republicans have been chanting USA in all of their campaigns, which I think says a lot about how they view AMERICANS voting for Obama. A McCain-Palin administration will create extreme divisions in this country. God help us if they get elected. And, if they are- I'll stay overseas.

    September 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Please

    She claims to be a pitbull. But don't pitbulls turn on the people they supposedly care about? She cares an awful lot about America...something to ponder

    September 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Sherry, Atlanta





    September 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Can you say "Bullseye"?

    I'm sure AQI (Al Qaeda in Iraq) can.

    September 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Cecil

    Dads' For


    September 8, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. BJ

    "drip drip drip……I can't keep up. BTW..did you know that Alaskans pay NO income tax (rich oil reserves) so all that pork going their way is courtesy of every tax payer in the USA? What would your state have done witha little extra from the feds?"

    They pay no STATE income tax...the do pay FEDERAL income tax...

    September 8, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |

    Thanks to the internet, everyone has a voice. Having said that... I wish I was born in the 20's or 30's. That was a generation! I hear nothing but a bunch of whiners.

    All our enemies know when and where we are going, the DoD announces deployments, the president has to declare war remember!People! we are already in Iraq! Its no secret. We constantly redeploy there, that is no secret. Find something new to complain about. It's not like Gov. Palin said her son and his unit would be targeting the Oil Refineries in Dirka Dirka, attacking from the north, below enemy radar, at 5 a.m. on 13 Sep 08 (that was a paraphrase from the movie Airplane! so don't get excited).

    60 years ago this war would have been over in two years. Grow some Cojones people! Back the troops! At list you aren't on gas rations, metal rations, meat rations, sugar rations, dairy rations, rubber rations, and whatever other ration's there were back when we really knew how to unite as country against a common enemy.

    We are turning into the French!

    September 8, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. J from DC

    We went to Iraq to disarm their government from WMD's
    If the serge did not find the WMD's,
    How is it a success???
    Oil and War is all I hear form the republicans.
    Housing Market Breakdown.
    And the same administration that ignored this problem is taking it over. I guess more government intervention is the right answer after all.
    Can someone say hypocrites

    September 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Cecil

    SuperDads For


    September 8, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Patrick

    This is another lie. The plane did not sell on ebay. .Yes, she posted it for auction on ebay, but the plane did not sell during the online auction. The plane sold well after the fact to a private buyer who paid more than $600,000 less than the auction starting price. McBush/Palin ... not change we can believe in.

    September 8, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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