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. Pragmatic

    The republicans have (again) presented an alternative budget – longer than the 19 page with no numbers one. They want to cap all spending in all areas – except for defense... of course. More money for expensive, long term projects that are obsolete before they leave the runway ... always preparing for the "last war" instead of the current one ... which is why the terrorists in Iraq have been so successful in killing our men and women there ...

    June 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Rj5000

    Weakness resides between her ears.

    June 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Paul H

    Obama may be the President that we wanted because of the change he represented, but he is also making this country weak. Or at least we are perceived as weak.
    Our freedoms are fading fast and right in front of our eyes. People where so upset by the patriot act, and loosing our privacy. Well at the rate this administration is growing government there will be no privacy or freedom of speech when they are done.

    June 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. sorensen

    The more that woman talks, the worse the GOP is going to be.
    Limbaugh, Rove, Palin. Good-bye old and irrelevant people.

    June 7, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Steve, Jackson MS

    Can't we just give them back to Putin and keep the $$$?

    June 7, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. GrogInOhio

    Let's see... Palin wants to decline the stimulus funds to Alaska but complains that Obama is not spending more on defense. She says the government wants to control individuals but she wants to outlaw a woman's right to choose. If the Republican Party is as confused as Palin is, the country is in much beter shape keeping such idiots out of office.

    June 7, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Educated, Thus A Democrat

    You want to know a sign of weakness in this country Palin?

    The fact that almost 50 of America would vote for a ticket that you're a part of.

    June 7, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. bailoutsos

    She is losing support in Alaska, so she is ranting so the major news sources do not look into to her political issues.

    June 7, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Ricky

    How much more of this idiot to we have to take. Please go AWAY!

    June 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Franky

    *sigh*...so, anything new, :), LOL!!

    O.K, how should I start this? I mean, come on, you want me to defend the people protecting her here? Ha!! LOL!!! Now that is tooo easy...

    After all, I found her, the only weakness she has to worry about is the past cause I found her...(evil laugh)...(evil laugh), LOL!!!

    She is soooo easy, :).

    June 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Willie

    Palin: Feeling compelled to place your name in the media every week for almost ridiculous headlines is a sign of weakness. Please, get strong for our sake, so that we no longer need to see your old media photos and baseless attacks and wines against the government.

    June 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Polly

    It's not so "odd" and I'm not surprised after Obama's speech regarding North Korea the other day that they mentioned trimming defense spending. He's so predictable.

    June 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. BrianBkyn

    It is the same old panic politics that the Republicans serve up every four years. Let's scare the American people into voting for us because we sure don't have anything else intelligent to say about anything. And sadly there are a large pct. of not very thoughtful people out there – and some on this page – that will always buy it. Oh my God, the North Koreans are coming! Oh, you mean the guys with a defense budget about 1/1000000000 of ours? So we better spend more and make more bombs because we only have enough to destroy their country 10000 times over. Sheesh.

    June 7, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Tuna

    Maybe she should hire a moose or two to cover her borders. She as a permanent case of PMS!

    June 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Tim

    SARAH PALIN DOES NOT REPRESENT CONSERVATIVES!!! The media is trying to make people think she does when she doesn't. Neither does that windbag Rush Limbaugh.

    Why does CNN continue to cover these people? They are part of the problem.

    June 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Ruty

    That poor baby has to endure this idiot for a grandmother.God help him. Alaska must have idiots voting for her other wise how in this world did she become governor. Does she not read or watch TV? The whole world is making fun of her. She has proven to the world she is a dummy. How long so we have to endure her?

    June 7, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Rushhole: A neo-con that apologizes frequently and has been butt-snorkeling Rush so much they have been completely enveloped by the vast void!

    You limbaugh lemmings need to actually deal with facts.Gates a republican appointed by a republican president, although arguably the worst one in American history.

    You lemmings lauded his appointment, so now is the half-wit saying he has lost all that republican "integrity" and suddenly become President Obama's "b!tch"?

    Altho, the twit maybe right, since that is a role she know all to well.

    June 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. John

    Palin specializes in "Helicopter Wolf Hunting".....

    She should leave rest of the things to Omaba and Many other Experts who very well know How to Protect America.

    Did Bush Protect America? Non-Sense.....
    3000 people died in 9/11. Then Bush got another 4300 US Troops killed and 45000 US Troops injured to remedy 9/11.

    I even doubt if Palin is going to be re-elected as Governer.

    June 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. GOP Who?

    Attention ALL Republicans!

    It is PRESIDENT Obama or Mr. President. RESPECT the office if you cannot respect the man. George W. Bush is a moron of high proportions but I ALWAYS referred to him as President Bush or Mr. President. I didn't like it but I did it and now you will do it also. I can care less what you think of the President and us. We WON, you LOST. Get over it or move to Alaska.

    June 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Taylor B1

    Hmm...I wonder...just exactly what is "conservative' about being in favor of any and every scheme and gimmick which is presented as being "for defense"??? Sounds pretty radical to me...or maybe just stupid.

    Really, can't you huff-and-puff and so-unhappy right-wingers get over yourselves for just a little while? And surely you can find a better spokesperson than Palin....or can you?

    June 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Joe

    Keep talking Palin, that just means more votes for the Democrats!

    Look at all these Republicans wanting to spend spend spend spend. Warmongers, every single one of them. Sarah and Rush are two of the best secret Democrats out there. Combined, they've made the Democratic party go from 20% to 45% over a single year! Now the Republicans are hovering around 19%.


    June 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Penny

    I'm amazed that there are actually "commenters" who still think Sarah is smart and knows anything at all.....her own party wants nothing to do with her.........she's become a joke at all levels............she still can't speak a clear sentence, and after you go to the trouble of de-coding her word salad, you find that she really didn't have a point..........

    June 7, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Austin, TX

    How I wish Palin AND Cheny would just go away. They are so tiresome and sore losers!

    June 7, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. A Kickin' Donkey

    Let's ask those dead Somali pirates how "weak" the Democratic Administration is.

    June 7, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. qwambo

    If this loon Palin ever makes it and becomes President of this great country then our bumper stickers will have to change from "God bless America" to "God save America"

    June 7, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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