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. icfantv

    Yup, texas bob, we should always meet violence with violence because that's how we americans solve problems. guns and violence. screw reason. let's just kill everyone we don't like and who disagrees with us because we know that God has anointed america as the world's policeman which means we can do no wrong.

    good call there buddy. if succession ever comes up for a vote, you can count on mine. and good riddance.

    June 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. horace---Canada

    Silly Palin, need to shut up now. haven't she done enough damage to her party, and the Country.--Go away Palin.

    June 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Real-Repub

    Not relevant. Governor Palin from Alaska is not an expert on national defense, or the budget, or much of anything else.
    Guess it must be a slow news day.

    June 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Amy

    This women is insane. I am sorry, as a republican women I will never vote for this retard!!!! To me she is the male version of Rush Limbah!!! I continue to loose respect for Palin,..I hope shes not planning to run for president in 2012!! I will be the first voting against her. Barack Obama is doing just fine!!!!

    June 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Uh ... uh... uh...

    And, God forbid, should the US be hit by a missile you Obama lovers will race to be the first to make excuses for 'that one' just as you have for some of the dumb things he has already done.

    June 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. John

    Some people think Palin has a brain? And that she could be right on something? Tina Fey said Palin is as bright as she is, and that's just not enough. Tina's giving credit where it's not due.

    June 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. Nawnee

    Someone stuff a big slab of moose meat in her mouth so we don't have to listen to her gibberish anymore.

    June 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. GOD

    Wow, see what happens when some one with a mental deficiency is a Governor, they have no idea what they say or mean. Are we the only nation to have nukes? No wonder the rest of the world hates us.

    June 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Cool Cat Obama

    Obama weak? Nah, he's cool. Too cool for school. He doesn't know what he is doing, but at least he looks cool doing it.

    June 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Phil Minardi, St. Louis, MO

    Palin will always be a loose cannon – and she is not privvy to technical data and inside information that president Obama has to make these decisions. These are new times, calling for new tactics and procedures, and Palin shows all the signs of a dim-wit with power. She takes money from Citgo/Chavez but refuses money from her own government – now figure THAT one out. Can you imagine if Palin speaking to the Muslim world?? We Peace makers, not war mongers!

    June 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. JCobb

    What an incredible idiot she is! Cannot even speak the language! I hope the neo-cons put her, or Newt, Cantor or someone of their ilk up in 2012 for president so we can watch the GOP get pulverized again.

    June 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Purple Alaska

    Silly Sayrah...sit down and shut-up! We have already become acquainted with the depths of your feeble-mindedness. You have zero credibility with the REAL America. In fact, when was the last time you visited church? You stand in serious need of prayer...as I pray forgiveness for the hatred you invoke.

    June 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Kathryn Erb

    Palin needs to keep her mouth shut. Barack Obama is one of our greatest presidents this country has seen since Kennedy. Her paranoia is why she shouldnt be in office. That kind of attitude is dangerous to the american people. She is a child having a temper tantrum becase she did not win the Vice-Presidency. She needs a good 'Time-Out'. Oh, and let;'s not get into her refusal of stimulus money........The world is a safer place without her in power. Period.

    June 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. David Olszewski

    Sarah Palin's nonsensical jibber-jabber is a sign of weakness.

    June 7, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. DL

    Lets see, no armored hummers in Iraq, no body armor, ammunition shortages...no bid contractors that were to supply vehicles left frames with no engines or wheels and considered their contracts complete..didn't ALL of these things happen under the GOP's leadership? And she wants to talk about defense, gimme a break.

    June 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Fortuna Victrix

    Palin is so full of bull, you'd need wings to stay above it. All things change,
    including countries. She's living in a past time that never really existed, except in her subjective interpretation of it. Another disconnected person thinking she's doing us all a favor but really, she cashing in on the transition. She's a opportunist that does not even follow her own narrow

    June 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. LGMD

    Sarah Palin's deficiencies in her world view, economics and now the military are breathtaking. As a failed mother who with her abstinence stance is now a grandmother to a teen mom, and had to send her son away to school in another state because of vandalism, and who is guilty of ethics violations in the state of Alaska, this D student in economics is the last one to lecture anyone.

    June 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Daivie

    Palin is embolded because, believe it or not, she is the current republican frontrunner for 2012. This moronic, clueless woman thinks she is an authority in areas she knows nothing about ( pretty much everything ) as the lunatic fringe keeps on encouraging her. She will, however, trounce Romney in the primaries which speaks volumes about red state intellect.

    June 7, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Stac

    Palin, Please go away!!! I think you need to spend a little more time at home...maybe talk to your children about defense....."no sex until marriage". Practice what you preach!

    June 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. The smart one

    Who gives an F what any of you think!?! Why do people think their stupid opinions matter? Especially on a CNN blog. This is what "education" gave us, a bunch of whiney little drones that all got a gold star on their coloring sheet in the second grade so that they could feel "included and special". MORONS

    June 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Bill

    Don't you just love these Republicans on this subject. However, with the increase in spending they state no new taxes therefore no way to pay for anything. Question isn't this what put this country in this mess in the first place?

    June 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    oh one other thing if she thinks that the UNITED STATES PRESIDENT would allow her to be the one that pushes any buttons to launch anything other than her mouth on a pickle .. she really is an idiot she has no idea what our countries defence system even has other than what she and the public is alowed to see .. this person should just keep her mouth shut

    June 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Nathan C., Charlotte, NC

    So is Palin for pork or against pork? I can't tell. She seemed really anti-pork during the election, right? But isn't a multi-billion dollar missile defense program that has been proven time and again to not work – at all – about as porky as you can get? Spending on defense is one thing. This woman just wants pork for her state. People like Palin are so transparent in their hatred of the Federal Govt. They hate it and they hate spending... that is, until the Feds take the money away.

    June 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. barry

    Sarah...Sarah who?....sorry she's got no place in this discussion. Bye, Bye

    June 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Change Agent

    To the NeoCon Knuckleheads that keep calling the president "weak", what exactly did Idiot Boy W do with the N. Koreans? I don't recall anything more than speeches from him either.

    Sec. of State Clinton is currently considering returning them to the terrorist list which opens up entirely new approaches to dealing with the lunatic leadership there. But again why read when you can just post unsusbstantiated nonsense that makes you feel better about your little regional political party right?

    Suggest you read up on the Whig Party. That's where you're headed!

    June 7, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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