September 26th, 2008
11:38 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin: U.S. should never 'second-guess' Israel


Watch: In her third TV interview, Gov. Sarah Palin raises eyebrows with some of her comments.

(CNN) - The United States should not second guess actions Israel takes in the name of security, Sarah Palin seemed to suggest in a Thursday interview.

The Republican VP nominee recently said that she would never "second guess Israel if that country decided to attack Iran." Speaking with Katie Couric of CBS News, she stood by that quote.

“We shouldn't second guess Israel's security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust, for one,” she said. “Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself. They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them. They need us. And we shouldn't second guess their efforts.”

The Alaska governor said the United States should be free to relay its rights our concerns, but “we don't have to second-guess what their efforts would be if they believe ... that it is in their country and their allies, including us, all of our best interests to fight against a regime, especially Iran, who would seek to wipe them off the face of the earth,” said Palin. “It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are.”

Palin spent the week meeting with foreign leaders in New York.

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soundoff (424 Responses)
  1. Syd

    This woman is dangerously stupid.
    America wake up for the love of God!
    She doesn't know what she is talking about.
    She doesn't understand well,ANYTHING!
    Israel is our ally-yes as many other countries are but if one of our allies says look U.S.,I'm going to bomb Iran,or some other country we should not ask why and just say okay-go ahead do it?
    This is insane!Our allies asked for proof(which we later found to be lies) to bomb Iraq before they said okay,we've got your back.
    If countries did this,the world would be wiped out.
    We should help protect Israel and they protect themselves but without question?THIS PROVES SHE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND FOREIGN POLICY AT ALL!.PALIN NEEDS TO STEP DOWN AS SHE HERSELF KNOWS SHE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND!
    This is sickeningly frightning and the republicans know it but want to win so bad,they'll go along with putting up this candidate.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Yes!!!!!

    What is the criticism here?

    Does ANY country – including the US- accord other countries, even allies the RIGHT to second-guess them?

    This is standard fare- each nation is sovereign and does not allow OTHER nations the right to dictate their policy- especially when it concerns security.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |

    Comedy at it's best. Sarah Palin is a JOKE.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Judy

    Palin and McCain what ever you are drinking give us some so we will be on the same sheet of stupidity tooooooo. This is crazy and if you Republican don't talk with McSane about her you are doommmmmed. She is off her rockersssssssssssssssssssssssss. Go back to Alaska and look at Russia and Iran from your bathroom.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Maureen / Newman, California

    The only thing this prom queen is "Shaking up" is our foreign relations. She is the prime reason that there should be a waiting period before purchasing guns.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. AppleinAZ

    She is a joke! Imagine if "gorgeous" was in the White House? WAKE UP AMERICA!!!! I cannot wait for her first debate, but then they will probably want a list of questions so that way the answers can be written down for her....otherwise we will see that dumb and confused look on her face........again.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. T GUY



    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Ok, now how about Russia? Or are you a flip-flopper and selective in your naive judgement? You are truely a McMoron lady!!! fyi; Hows that investigation into all of your crimes going?

    On a side note: McCain and his crooks have offered as a plan for the economic crisis that includes tax breaks for the rich. In essence, let the poor people bail out the rich people when they fail, and give the rich people more tax breaks. Robbing from the poor and giving to the rich. Can we afford to continue to offer welfare to the extremely rich while the Republicans break our bank accounts to do it?

    I say no!! Get every single last Republican out of washington, they are a disease!!

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Watching Closely

    I feel kinda bad for Palin. I believe she's a smart woman. The McCain Campaign has paraded her around like a showhorse, and have basically told her to shut her trap, stand back and look pretty, show a little leg from time to time, and please please don' t answer any questions. To all American Women: We should be appalled at this.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. nadia

    It is obvious to me that all sides here are the bad guys.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Independent

    oooooooh I just felt a shiver down my spine! This woman is not only vastly unprepared for this job but she is quite DANGEROUS!

    I know some will still close their eyes and vote for this ticket because they cannot vote for Obama, but I say to them please consider our fate if these two win! We may not make it to 2012...shhh0T I am so worried right now it not even funny!

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    This woman gives me a knot in my stomach . . .

    The same feeling I got when Bush was campaigning in 2000

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. jeff in MA

    She's scares me sick, if she was smarter, she'd be really really dangerous. Thank god she's an idiot and thank god Americans are getting over the novelty of Sarah Palin and seeing her for what she's worth.

    September 26, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Consuela, Canada

    Good guys and bad guys. Spoken like a true Republican. She sees everything in black or white because she has never been out of Alaska.

    She knows nothing about the world and doesn't understand that there are lots of grey zones that she might have to juggle with, in fact, she doesn't even know that they exist!!

    This VP nomination is another McCain joke!

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. wezeeg

    Not a convincing orator on foreign affairs. Wasn't Sarah the girl the McCain campaign hand-picked to keep the conservative Republicans in line. Tthat didn't seem to work out either.

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Informed Voter

    Would rather have another 4 years of Bush .. than 4 years of a Palin Presidency.

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Let them second guess us

    We should be second guessing Mexico's actions and policies- not Isreal's.

    What nation has the right to second guess another?

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Andrew

    I really think someone should ask her to locate Israel on a map. (Hint to Sarah – Israel does not border Alaska.)

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Pam

    Definitely a prime example of buying a pig in a poke!

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Concerned American

    You mock Sarah Palin for no reason other than you worship Obama. It's incredibly sad and frustrating to citizens who do care about world politics.

    O'bama would like to send our soldiers into Pakistan to hunt for Bin Laden, and this does not "scare" or "frighten" you?

    Pakistan has stood firm as our ally and we have worked hard to forge a relationship with them. For O'bama to storm into their country with guns blazing would be disasterous. Pakistan not only has nuclear missles, the will use them at the drop of a hat against India and Israel.

    Instead of creating a smoke screen around O'Bama and deflecting the facts with mirrors. Use an ounce of your brains to figure out that O'Bama threatens the security of this country more so than the V.P. select who would be revered by millions of women across the globe who are to afraid to stand up against men of their own contries who threaten nuclear holucaust against other countries.

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. James in NJ

    So says 'The Moose Killa from Wasilla'! 😉

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Chris - Seattle

    OMG somebody please shoot me, quickly! I can't take anymore of this cowboy crap! Isreal is our allie but they aren't angels either! Another holocaust!!! OMG what century does this woman live in? She needs to jump off the Bush train of thought and realize that Iranian speak english a little differently than we do, when they speak of "down with" or "death to" another nation they don't mean in a literal sense! They're comment is usually aimed at a lifestyle not the people of a nation! Come on wake up America!

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Dadedi

    This woman's simplicity of brain function really really worries me. I think that she would be the worst thing that happened to America since GWB. They are one and the same.

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Derick

    My God...This woman is DANGEROUS. What a bubble head!

    Toronto, Ontario

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Lynn in NM

    Israel is a sovereign country. We don't protect our borders. We should. They have the right to protect their borders. Period!! We do too, if we ever get anyone in office with enough chutzpah to enforce it.

    September 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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