April 6th, 2009
07:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin pushes for missile defense funds

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/17/art.palin1.cnn.jpg caption="Palin has requested stimulus funds for an Alaskan launch facility."](CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s office reacted Monday to North Korea’s missile test with a statement that “reaffirmed Alaska’s commitment to protecting America from rogue nation missile attacks.”

Palin herself criticized proposed Obama administration cuts proposed to missile defense programs. “I am deeply concerned with North Korea’s development and testing program which has clear potential of impacting Alaska, a sovereign state of the United States, with a potentially nuclear armed warhead,” she said in the statement. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we continue to develop and perfect the global missile defense network. Alaska’s strategic location and the system in place here have proven invaluable in defending the nation....

“Our early opposition to reduced funding for the Missile Defense Agency is proving to be well-founded during this turbulent time. I continue to support the development and implementation of a defensive missile shield based in Alaska. We are strategically placed to defend the critical assets of the United States and our allies in the Pacific Theater.”

The statement also stressed Palin’s request for stimulus funds for a commercial rocket launch facility owned and operated by a public corporation of the state of Alaska.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth Young

    Why do you think comments from Sarah Palin, who knows absolutely nothing about missile defense, deserve a blip from you in your political section. It's obvious that she wants to keep herself in the political arena, but she is not newsworthy.

    April 6, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Joy Hummer

    Where was Ms. Palin when Bush dropped out of all the nuclear agreements that had been made prior to his election in office. If she's so deeply concerned, she might consider rejoining some of those organizations or is Alaska's economy based on a missle defense system?

    April 6, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Please, does anyone really care what Sarah Palin has to say about missle defense?

    April 6, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Paul H

    It's one thing to cut back in military operations, or even first strike missiles. But why cut back in defense?

    April 6, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Bob

    Is Palin not the sworn enemy of earmarks? This is very big one.

    April 6, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Ellen M. Wolfe

    Alaska has been the point for missile defense? Just in what way? Is star wars alive and well there?

    April 6, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. kent

    Well spoken, as always, Sarah.

    April 6, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Matthew

    At present, we don't have an operational missile defense system and early tests suggest that this is still as much a pipe dream now as it was to Reagan when he spun it to support his cronies in the defense industries... There are 600,000 US citizens in Alaska and they deserve protection commensurate with those numbers.

    April 6, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Paul Brewer

    Yeah, I'm sure that Obama is really worried about what Sarah Palin thinks. She is not the most insightful person around, let's face it. But, she I
    IS an opportunist who is in it for her own self-aggrandizement, I think. Not someone to consult on important matters that should be handled by grownups. The president is – and should be – ignoring her.

    April 6, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Amanda

    I think she is over-emphasizing the threat of North Korea with the typical Republican rhetoric that tries to make everyone scared of nothing.

    April 6, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Mickie

    Seriously, does anyone think she wrote this, much less thought it? It's nothing more than campaign rhetoric in her quest for the 2012 GOP nomination to run for POTUS. What a bunch of balloon juice!

    I truly wish she would just govern Alaska and stay quiet.

    April 6, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |