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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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Old-Fashioned Republican

    Dear Sarah, Are you still desperately seeking relevance? Just go away, please.

    June 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. MavTex

    Thanks McCain, Palin, Rush, Newt, Cheney, Bush 43, Romney, Steele, and Huckabee!

    – You spent most of 2007 and 2008 predicting doom and gloom against the Democrats and whether the party could heal after a highly contested primary between Obama and Hilary.
    – Operation CHAOS has come home to roost!!

    The Taliban Republicans – The Party of "No"
    – No new ideas
    – No matter
    – No longer relevant!

    June 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Kevin

    You idiots. Palin didn't say she could see Alaska from her front porch. Tina Fey did.

    You guys and the media just love to hate on her.

    What about Biden saying when the stock market crashed, FDR got on TV to calm the nation.

    (FDR wasn't president when the stock market crashed and TV wasn't around.)

    June 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Papasan

    How someone that has traveled outside the USA only a hand full of times gets to comment on WORLD affairs is beyond comprehension. Palin is the universal poster child for Bigots / Racists / Ignorance / and plain stupidity.
    Is this the best that the GOP can dig up, GOP must have someone that has at least a High School diploma...

    Papasan in AZ

    June 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Charles

    US Defense Spending is 8 times greater than the second biggest defense spender in the world, Great Britain. Trimming a small portion of that hardly qualifies as a weakness, unless you're also saying that the US military is so inefficient we need to outspend the rest of the world eight-fold just to keep pace.

    June 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. J Smith

    With Sarah's grasp of international issues, it's hard not to want to revive Tina Fey.

    Self interest is the Palin about all she knows and if she does to "national security" what she and her daughter did to "family values", we'll all be paddling up some Alaskan creek without a paddle ........or a brain.

    June 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. voice of reason

    Palin is an embarrasment to women and the nation as a whole, she lost my respect when she stated living next to russia gives her foreign policy experience, I am in texas does living next to mexico give me any foreign experience no! if you voted for this woman you should be ashamed of yourself! look in the mirror and say to self, " self i am an idiot".

    June 7, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Dan, TX

    I fully agree. Thank God we have persons like Sara Palin who give a straight talk. Barack Obama should take a lesson from this. In any case Barack Obama has no class and has no experience. I wish media could give him some lessons on how to lead our greatest nation. Her has been a disaster to our country.

    June 7, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Jim Ruby

    Why does the media waste their time on Sarah Palin? She's a nobody, a has been that never had a chance in the national election with her no-chance running mate. Let's not give any more coverage to a misdirected, polyester-wearing half wit who hasn't a clue about politics.

    June 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Hopeful Optimist

    I can see Oklahoma from my house.

    June 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. EnoughAlready

    Every time she opens her mouth, we are reminded why it is Governor Palin and not Vice President Palin. If she were really so concerned about an Obama presidency, she should have resigned from the Republican ticket and improved McCain's chances of winning.

    June 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Democrats = Diversity

    Here we are again with the republican politics of division. It is the constant sneers from the sidelines, nay saying, and wishing our president to fail that makes this country weaker........not to mention the cowboy diplomacy for the 8 years preceeding Obama.

    June 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. joshua ibbs

    God I hope she gets the Republican nomination for 2012, Obama will be a shoe-in.

    June 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. kathy

    I frankly could care less that Sarah Palin thinks about anything – Who cares
    we didn't know who she was before this election and she could crawl back in her hole for all i care. She is going to disagree with the Obama administration for the length of his term. Won't matter is they are right or wrong, she will disagree. Which brings up Dick Cheney – we didn't care about his opinion when he was vice president- who gives a rat's butt what he thinks now. He had his chance – he should have taken it and made a difference when he was in office. Now they can both shut up.

    June 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Klaus

    Actually, Obama has increased military spending, but bacon-queens like Palin squeel with fury whenever someone has the guts to cut these pork-barrel projects that do nothing but put money in the pockets of her political financiers.

    My advise? Keep cutting, Barry! There's plenty more fat to shave off this old hog.

    June 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Jason, Koloa HI

    The fact this woman is the governor of Alaska is an embarrassment to the collective intelligence of the entire state of Alaska. I hope she won because of voter neglect and apathy and not because they actually believed she was the most qualified individual. I would actually think more of Alaskans if she got in because they don't care about politics and not because they believed in this ditz. Does she really think N Korea is going to nuke Alaska?

    June 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Rich in Seattle

    It's sad that unless a policy is simple enough to put on a bumber sticker, it is to complicated for the Republicans to understand.

    Why do they hate America so much?

    June 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Klaus

    Actually, Obama has increased military spending, but bacon-queens like Palin squeel with fury whenever someone has the guts to cut these pork-barrel projects that do nothing but put money in the pockets of her political financiers.

    My advice? Keep cutting, Barry! There's plenty more fat to shave off this old hog.

    June 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Gamechanger

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah,

    Thank you for periodic reminders as to why your team did not win a single state boasting an average IQ over 100. Judging from the right wing comments, it would appear a second or third grade education is the requirement to vote for you.

    I'm sure John McCain, a noble American, shakes his head every time you weigh in with your simplistic little view of the world. Do the intelligent people in the world a favor – go skin a moose or something. Leave it to others to fix the mess that piled up over the last 8 years of GOP rule.

    You betchya!
    Wink Wink

    June 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Kurt

    God Sarah, you are a blithering moron. Just go away...

    June 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Bill P in RI

    More FEAR from the Party of NO!
    Palin says we should have smaller government but wants the PORK to keep flowing to Alaska.
    North Korea is rattling sabers to get more foreign aid as they cannot feed their own people.
    I trust Obama and Defense Secretary Gates with my safety far more that I will ever trust Palin or any other "conservative".

    June 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    Sarah Palin is so irrelevant and I feel sorry for the people of Alaska being governed by such an idiot, god are we lucky in Florida. Or was it the ignorance of Alaskans that brought this idiot into power. First we have to cut defense spending since we have a record deficit thanks to Republican morons. For what does Alaska need a missile defense when she does not even know where Russia is. Palin is the prime example why the Republican Party is dead.

    June 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. marquis

    Its funny how the party that allowed terrorist to successfully attack America seems to always no the "best" way to defend the country and everyone else is weak. Even if you are right you have zero credibility, this means until President Obama screws up go sit in a corner and wait your turn.

    The beauty of america is that every 4 years we have the opportunity to correct our course so if the president is taking the country off course we will correct it in four years. Until then, shut up with all the negative unconstructive criticism...i mean where is the constructiveness in just saying some one looks week.

    Oh and by the way stop reporting on this moron named Palin no one cares what she thinks. We didnt care before the campaign and we certainly dont care now that we know her better.

    June 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Michael from Sioux Falls, SD

    The United States spends trillions on defense each year... how much that is wasted on missles and weapons we will never use? What right do we have to force and dictate other countries to disarm when we ourselves continue to amp up our own arsenal? North Korea might be a threat to American "interests" in that region of the world, but North Korea really doesn't pose a threat to American soil. They lack the organization to pull off anything close to what other terrorist nations have done to our country. They are incredibly insular to the point of xenophobia ... also all the comments about Obama and his "muslim brothers" ... are we seriously still talking about this dead issue? I say save us from the closed-minded with internet access ...

    June 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Johnny

    I think it's a deal Obama made with Kim Jong-il. You don't attack us and we'll let you have Sarah Palin. Everybody wins.

    June 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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