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. LikeCNN

    Sarah...let's start by learning the coutries of the world. Here's an easy one...South Africa is a COUNTRY!!!

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

    Go Sarah Go! As a Liberal, I totally support Sarah Palin for the 2012 Republican nomination. Maybe we can finally eliminate that backward party as a force in American politics. They have done nothing but harm to the nation since 1865.

    June 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Ellen in Florida

    What's odd Gov. Palin is you. This from a govenor who thinks seeing Russia from her window qualifies as foreign policy experience. Just because the Obama administration doesn't tell you everything it is doing doesn't mean they aren't doing anything. The market just had it's best quarter in two years. Someone is doing something right.

    June 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Michael - Texas

    More Republican whining... Instead of coming up with specific plans of their own they continue to slam a president with high approval ratings. I wonder if she would like a little cheese with her whine?

    June 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. joel palmer

    This woman doesn't have brians god gave a goose; why does the media even cover her?

    She appeals to a demographic that is poor, dumb, uneducated, fundamentally religious, anti government and pro guns.
    Soon you will be able to fit all thos 'tards in a two car garage

    June 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. ToBe Honest

    The choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate made the US the laughing stock of the entire world. How anyone can possibly give this dull-normal nitwit any credence whatsoever is beyond me. Her opposition to anything Obama does is based not on policy or on careful consideration of the issues but on knee-jerk right-wing ideology. She and those who support her should be relegated to the obscurity they so richly deserve.

    June 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. morris diehl

    The bimbo express is at it again. Shut the heck up and worry about wheather you can see Russia from Anchorage. When are you out of office neocon cowards going to shut up and go fight in Afghanistan. Your real problem with the President is that he's non white, you chickenhawks.

    June 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Jose, San Diego

    Palin, the Manchurian Playmate, is actually speaking some sense, in a Wasilla end-times big box pseudo-church Old Testament-style "Christian" way. You see, we need to beef up defense at the expense of nasty "entitlements" (you know, keeping old people warm in winter and off cat food) so we can bring about a good end to it all and get raptured up to that pearly Texas in the skies. Since she can see North Korea from her remodelled (at taxpayer expense) kitchen, and Jerusalem from her jacuzzi, it's clear to any thinking biped that, like, Obama is weak on defense, you know. Totally. Throw out all of your books, Palin knows everything. Amen. Glory.

    June 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Jean

    Anybody watching the Yankees' game. Gov. Palin is there with Rudy Giuliani and his wife.

    She is sitting behind home plate and the network keeps showing her.

    June 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Stu-Florida

    Perilous times??? Just where did she learn that word?? Russia is by no means a threat. Besides she can keep a vigilant watch from her house.
    A true sign of weakness is the fact that CNN still considers her stupid comments revelant. Just when are you guys (CNN) going to stop?? If you stop shey'll have to and we can all be happier instead of pissed on a Sunday afternoon!

    June 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Plainview

    Anyone who supports this woman is uneducated and low on brain power; end of story.

    June 7, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Fabian

    Weren't Sarah and her husband Todd part of the A.I.P. party? Seems pathetic now they are crying about their state getting cuts in military spending. I thought Alaska wanted to secede just as Texas did.

    June 7, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Alex

    Sarah Palin? Who?
    Oh.. "Africa is a Country" girl... i see.

    June 7, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Matt R

    Yes, much better to continue to spend money on something that has no chance of stopping a missle. At least a defense contractor would make some money.

    June 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Jeff

    To all of your right wing fanatics: Why do you take every possible opportunity to try and bash our President? Please try to get over the fact that he is black and he has achieved more than you could ever dream about. He has done more to help America by being positive and doing constructive works than you can tear down. If you hate America so much why don't you live by your favorite chant from your good old days "Love it or leave it".

    June 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. JM

    "Reducing Alaska's defense readiness in these perilous times is a show of weakness, it is not a sign of strength"

    Thank you, Sarah "I don't know a thing about anything" Palin. Go away.

    I don't know how Bush became president; I don't know how this woman became governor–of anything.

    Thank God for Barack Obama. The man is brilliant and knows what the hell he's talking about and doing.

    June 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Turnabout is Fair Play

    This from someone who is governor of a state sitting on large oil reserves but is still in debt? Whatever, bimbo.

    June 7, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Joanna

    I am so glad that only 23% of our nation is as stupid as Palin.

    June 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Robert

    Some of you people have really short memories. North Korea did missile testings and a nuclear test during the Bush administration and he did not do anything about it either.

    June 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Omari - Phx

    Sarah has read every book and news article that is put in front of her....... of course she knows what shes talking about in foreign policy.

    June 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. minnie

    I can't wait for Sarah Palin to be president or vice president.
    We need to get rid of the nuts in Washington beginning at the top with the bowing one.

    June 7, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Norah (Boston, MA)

    Palin should continue monitoring from her window – thought that was all the defense she needed.

    June 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. R

    This is misleadingly and inaccurately titled. Robert Gates, a fellow republican, made this request, not Obama. And nowhere in her comments does she address Obama.

    June 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Yellow Dog

    I thought Palin campaigned against "pork" and did not want federal dollars for her state. Oh, well, a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

    June 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Have no fear Rev. Wright is here

    I POSTED AT 12:32 pm ET: Is it any wonder why people think the far right of the rushpublican party is made up of a bunch of racist yahoos?

    June 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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