June 7th, 2009
05:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin: Defense cuts are 'a sign of weakness'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/08/art.spalin0608.gi.jpg caption="Palin is in the middle of a low-key trip to the East Coast. "](CNN) - In her strongest public remarks to date on the matter, Sarah Palin admonished the Obama adminstration on Saturday for proposing cuts to Alaska's missile defense network, a move she said would leave her state and the rest of the country vulnerable in the case of a future attack.

The administration cuts, which were announced by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in April and would be enacted in the next fiscal year, would trim $1.2 billion from the Pentagon's missile defense programs. The expansion of a missile field in Fort Greely, Alaska would be halted under the proposed budget.

"Reducing Alaska's defense readiness in these perilous times is a show of weakness, it is not a sign of strength," Palin said during a celebration in upstate New York honoring native son William Seward, who negotiated the purchase of Alaska in 1867 as Secretary of State. Video of the speech was posted by the Web site "Conservatives4Palin."

Palin said Alaska's missile defense system is now more vital than ever, particularly in the wake of North Korea's recent nuclear and missile tests. She said a missile fired from North Korea could easily reach Alaska and other parts of the country.

"And yet, Washington thinks it's best now to actually cut defense spending in Alaska by hundreds of millions of dollars," she said. "Now that is an odd priority there."

Palin said she will "argue with every ounce of my being for Washington to pay attention."

"That is not always easy, but it is right," she said. "It is clear to many that some of our priorities as a nation are kind of reversed, and it is my imperative, and it should be all of our imperative, that we get our government priorities right, because if they are misdirected, obviously America is going turn into something that we don't recognize."

At another moment during her speech, the former vice presidential candidate got a cheer from the crowd by repeating a line of attack that was frequently used against Obama during last year's presidential campaign.

Palin explained that Alaskans believe in "the roots of our country, so deep, so strong."

"They're what we need to cling to," she said. "Clinging to, you know, that includes our clinging to our second amendment rights, and our faith in God. Many of us do cling to that strong faith in God."

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  1. S Callahan

    Oh my goodness..I've got to catch my breath on this one...I had to admit..on this she is right. The last month has shown the importance of this. Common sense.

    June 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Palin saying anything is a sign of weakness – PERIOD!!!

    June 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. makesUwonder

    Best of luck to you Gov. Palin. I know coming up against this far left administration must be like fighting a tidal wave with one hand tired behind your back. But, thank God there are still people out there willing to put fourth the effort to keep America and her people safe!

    God bless and help us all!

    June 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Have no fear Rev. Wright is here

    Palin is right, it's because he loves his Muslim brothers more than America......

    June 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. D. Smith

    Yes, I'm sure Palin would see that as a sign of weakness. After all, during the presidential campaign, when she wasn't accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists," she did ask "what happens when Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America.

    June 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Dawn in Pa

    and she would do any, better? I doubt it... Her state is in such bad shape, higest in everything, she has a Journalist degree and Obama has a Law degree. Can you tell me which is better?

    June 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Sarah

    I thought Alaska didn't need any big government help from the federal government. If missile defense matters to the governor so much, maybe she should find a way to maintain it from her state budget.

    June 7, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. ThinkAboutIt

    Missile defense is a CGI fantasy. North Korea is rattling its sabers and launching missiles; by the time anything tangible could come of a missilbe defense system, it will be far too late. Palin knows this – and she also knows that the people who listen to her don't think things through and are easily swayed by sound-bites and loaded language.

    The real and imminent danger our world faces is from small terrorist organizations. We need more intelligence personnel who speak Arabic, Farsi, Chinese and Korean. We need to be on the ground, infiltrating terrorist organizations around the world, in cooperation with our allies, who also have a stake in disabling these groups.

    Palin needs to once again go away – she is nothing but an unthinking opportunist. I pity those who believe and trust her.

    June 7, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Carmelle

    I guess she doesn't understand the need for new types of defense resources for new types of attack (cyber terrorism) ....she'll get there... and also. I hate (and love) to see her back. 2010, 2012, 2014 Dems all the way! but what a pain to have to listen and watch her again 🙁

    June 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Randall in Torrance - Desert Storm Veteran - Welcome to the end of the era of dumb ass Republicans and Stoopid Retards like Cheney and Bush in power

    Palin obviously is deflecting the blame for budget cuts away from Gee Dubya Bushy Butch – the man resonsible for destroying our economy nearly beyond comprehension. If Kerry would have been elected instead of Bush, who actually was never officially elected in the first place, budget cuts would not be underway. Republicans always want to create wars and huge defense programs but are not willing to make the tough choices on spending and a balanced federal budget. Bush was good at only one thing – sinking America into eternal debt by increasing the national deficit by more than all previous U.S. presidents combined. Palin is just a playboy bunnie wannabe and has no qualifications to even comment on political matters. Maybe if she hadn't spent a gajillion dollars on a bridge to nowhere in Alaska perhaps the federal government could have used that money for missile defense. I guess she forgot about that "little" fact.

    June 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Claudia in Houson

    Oh the ignorance of Palin. Defense Secretary Gates and the Generals on the ground make these educated decisions and not a journalist who so happens to be a governor who so happens helped the Republicans lose and so happens thinks she is qualified to be a president. Palin needs to take a look at her own priorities because she has proven to be a failure.

    June 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. HEIDI

    She needs to contiue to see if she can see Russia from her house and shut her mouth. She no nothing of military matters or what it takes to keep this country safe and improve our standing with others around the world.

    June 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Albert

    Oh I see!!! This is the same lady who said she can see Russia from her porch, and she wondered why they would fly airplanes into her space?

    Yah – good pick for a great insight into our military status.. I think she should get back to hunting and fishing.. The sooner the better.

    The best thing to happen to the dems in a long time is Palin, Cheney, Newt and Rush... Hell – they don't even need to spend the campaign cash.

    Just keep these messengers of hate and divisiveness on the job for them and the next several elections will be easily won by dems and independents.. Oh Happy Day.

    June 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Had It

    I don't think peace is a sign of weakness.

    In fact, I think her bullying and hate-mongering are signs of weakness.

    June 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Ronald Clowney

    What future attack, Gov. Palin could you be referring to?

    June 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Chris (NY)

    Good Lord Man...

    Keep on talking Mrs. Conservative. Apparently, Sarah Palin's brand of conservatism has absolutely nothing to do with being a "fiscal conservative". She is a cultural/social/religious conservative, plain and simple. A representative of the American Taliban, if you will.

    In my opinion, President Obama's approach to "national defense" is far more cost effective and will have a positive impact in the way that the United States is viewed by foreign powers. His ability to speak effectively to a wide range of people with respect and intellect, doesn't require a massive national defense budget.

    Republicans/Conservatives continue to do one thing well – take the term hypocrisy to stratospheric levels.


    Obama/Biden 2008 + 2012

    June 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Chris

    This is an echo of "we can see Russian from here," and should be taken with the same degree of seriousness.

    Palin seems to be operating under the sad and pathetic delusion she continues to be relevant. Her political career is dead for all practical purposes, only the far right is willing to take her seriously. I'm sure she has Rush's support though–for what that's worth.

    June 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Eileen

    It's really hard to take anything this woman says seriously. She is, after all, claiming foreign policy creds because she can see Russia from her front porch. She's also the Einstein that couldn't respond intelligently when asked what publications she reads.

    Pardon me if a take her criticisms with huge grains of salt.

    June 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Mich

    Way to go palin let them have it.
    OBAMA if he has his way this country will be deffending itself with spitballs.

    June 7, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Kuriya

    I know we need the defense but we need to improve them. If that mean cutting on defense to produce a better equipment we are all for it. If palin is so worried about the defense and not using it as a fear tactics, may using the stimulus could have some help to train some of those people that are going to be with jobs. Oh well too bad we are all in this hardship together. May be now she will come to her senses and speak of something that does not make her look sorry for using stupid.

    June 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. deb

    sarah doesn't seem to be aware (what a surprise) that it takes days for north korea to get a missile to their launch site and quite some time to fuel it up.. if we were really concerned, we'd just blow it up on their launch site.

    June 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Chenna Benna

    That right Palin, it's a sign of weakness. So, is asking for a bridge to nowhere that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars.

    June 7, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Jon

    Governor Palin sees no contradiction in advocating less government spending, while simultaneously advocating more defense spending. This is why Palin isn't the future of the Republican Party – Republicans have no clear message and contradict their very own values of small government and less spending.

    June 7, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    I see Sarah still loves her run on sentences that say nothing.
    If she fights with every "ounce of her being" it will be a very short battle.
    What on earth is the connection between our second amendment rights and a missile defense system? We, the people, do not have the right to own or carry a missile.
    At least she is always good for a laugh.

    June 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Sean

    Military ranked second on the government's overall spendings. Also, expensive and high-tech weapons will never defeat your enemies, especially Al-Qaeda. US military was the best in the world when it invaded Vietnam. Did we win? Ask yourself from the heart. Did we win the war against Islamic Terrorism? Not really, judging from the number of recruits Al-Qaeda have been able to attract, sooner or later, these brainwashed people will be bombing America. Can hi-tech weapons detect these folks? Will tapping into phonecalls help us identify these? Nope. So Sarah, analyze the data before you speak, oh, I forgot, you're not intelligent enough to do so...

    June 7, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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