Palin: There are serious questions that demand answers
May 3rd, 2011
06:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin: There are serious questions that demand answers

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin raised "serious questions that demand answers" about the successful mission in Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. And she commended "fighting warriors in our armed forces" while speaking at the Tribute to the Troops benefit at Colorado Christian University Monday night.

In remarks posted on her SarahPAC website Tuesday, the possible presidential candidate reflected on the U.S. special forces mission in Pakistan and made recommendations for military policy moving forward.

"There's no military in the world that could have accomplished what that young team of SEALs accomplished," she said. "But there are still many questions that demand answers."

Palin questioned how long bin Laden lived in "an affluent city outside Islamabad" and not "in a dark cave in the mountains." She asked why the "most wanted man in the world" was able to avoid detection and whether Pakistani leaders were assisting him.

"There are lots of questions, lots of questions about the burial, about photos; and those things will certainly be disclosed, we must trust," she said.

The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee outlined a five-step formula for the effective use of force, partly based on policies of President Ronald Reagan, according to Palin.

Among them, "If we have to fight, we fight to win" by using "overwhelming force;" having "clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm's way," because, "If you can't explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle;" and sending armed forces as a last resort.

"We don't go looking for dragons to slay," Palin said.

"Remember, Reagan liked to keep it simple, yet profound. Remember what he would say to the enemy? He'd say, 'we win, you lose.'"

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    While Sarah was busy putting gun sights on American congresswomen, Obama was putting them on Osama Bin Laden. YOU lose, Sarah.

    May 3, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. seriously???

    And she has any expertise in this matter how???? Palin offering such advice is like me telling a Michelin Chef how to make a dessert. But, oh well, after Palin quits the republican primaries because of getting eaten alive by "lamestream republican candidates" she'll fade off into anonymity.

    May 3, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Kenneth

    Thanks Sarah for slamming Bush!

    May 3, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Ken_In_ATL

    Why, oh God why does anyone care what this dingbat has to say. Yeah, I'm sure all those big wigs are really listening to Sarah Failin Palin on foreign policy matters. NOT!!

    May 3, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. C. Howe Yulikit

    What I appreciate more than ever is Sarah Palin's capacity to put more distance between herself and any chance at the Presidency every time she opens her mouth. Keep carping Barbie.

    May 3, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. maf

    Again Sarah, SERIOUSLY? You are regurgitating – yes, it's a word – Reagan's plan for the US using force???
    Serious questions about the bin Laden situation???? You are repeating what has already been spouted by the now "birthers" – continued conspiracy theorists!!!

    Step off Sarah, announce and get trounced, just like Trump will get dumped!!!

    May 3, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Methinks the botox got in her brains.

    "If you can't explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely"

    Yes, raise your hand if you needed a lenghty explanation of what the mission to kill bin Laden was all about. Allow me to reveal the real subtext of the above quote from Jaberwocky Barbie: " slowlier and give me moer explanationing so making it that me can understand better."

    May 3, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    I can only imagine how awful life must be for her family. Imagine having to come home everyday to this petty, bitter woman. Does she ever have anything positive to say that does not include insults and finger pointing? The majority rejected her; she needs to accept that and either correct the undesirable traits and behaviors or leave the spotlight to those who have the ability to lead.

    May 3, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Greg Smith

    Hey Palin, we win, you lose.

    May 3, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. steve smith

    that's an oxymoron, sarah palin asking a SERIOUS QUESTION. afterall she reads a lot of newspapers and she's well versed on THE BUSH Doctrine. SHE IS TO POLITICS WHAT MAD MAGAZINE IS TO SERIOUS JOURNALISM

    May 3, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Nija

    I am waiting for you to have interview with another media than Fox.

    May 3, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Angy

    not this nut case again. PLZ! how long osmana has lived there has been on the news for 2 days. were has this loser been. oh i forgot under the slimmy rock were mcsame found her. where are all the rest of the sorry gopers? hmmmmmmmmmm. they have nothing to say. dumb trump were are you and the rest of the crew? come on you have to have something to say.

    May 3, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. sadlyperturbed

    And that is exactly what Reagan did to the American People. He made sure big business won, and therefore lined the GOP coffers, and made sure the American people lost. Emulating this man is useless.

    May 3, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. anagram_kid

    "Remember, Reagan liked to keep it simple, yet profound." She is half correct on this one... he was very simple.

    May 3, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Alan

    Palin sounds a lot like a potential president... if the US Government were a Junior High School.

    May 3, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. DWW

    does this woman ever know when to just be quiet and enjoy the moment with the rest of us

    May 3, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Just Vote

    Palin; are you serious!! With today's technology why would you send drowns of people into a battle zone? You wouldn't and you would know that had you served. Besides, you can't fight today's wars with 1980s war plans! Stupid!!

    May 3, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Interesting Sarah

    Didn't we go looking for dragons in Iraq? Weapons of Mass Distruction ring a bell, where exactly were those dragons?

    May 3, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. ryan

    The Senate & Congress are welcome to demand answers. Unless I'm missing something, Sarah Palin is a civilian, and as one, has no right to demand sensitive information.

    May 3, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Lisa

    What. A. Loser. To easy to play armchair quarterback. Overwhelming force would have destroyed all the intelligence that was gathered inside the compound which will help eradicate the funding sources for the rest of the Al Qaeda hydra.

    May 3, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Michael

    Palin says there are serious questions that must be asked, but apparently couldn't think of any.

    Meanwhile we have serious questions regarding how a reanimated taxidermy mount of a backwater bimbo manages to keep approval ratings at 9%.

    May 3, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. rhumba

    Sounds like Sarah agrees with what President Obama ordered the SEALS to do. I'm sure she doesn't think she does, but her Reagan quotes are pretty much right in line with what happened. How's she going to wiggle out of this one? We all know that she didn't mean to agree with him.

    May 3, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Len Smith

    Get a life, Palin. Although I guess your life is making more and more money, but who would listen to what you have to say, since it always amounts to nothing.

    May 3, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. erik

    So, it appears that she is now a conspiracy theorist besides her credentials as a war-monger and low life in general.

    May 3, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. david in seattle

    I hope she gets the Republican nomination for President.

    It will be the death of the Republican Party.

    May 3, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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