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. Please go away

    Can someone please tell this chickenhead that the grownups have it covered, she can go back to reading people, usa weekly, national enquirer.

    May 3, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Tim, Seattle

    More plattitudes from increasingly irrelevant caribou batbie. She is Americas favorite joke.

    May 3, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. bassman

    Some in the media are saying Gov. Palin thanked Pres. Bush but not Pres. Obama. This is another lie. Here is what she said:
    “Yesterday was a testament to the military’s dedication in relentlessly hunting down an enemy through many years of war, and we thank our President and we thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory”.
    This is how our media keep Palin's poll numbers artificially low.

    May 3, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  4. Indy

    Pretty big questions for someone that failed as a mayor and was booted out of the Governors chair for expense theft. It is very clear that Palin is as anti American as they come.I guess Sarah thought Obama should have told the world about this mission before going in and getting the "Mission Truly Accomplished" The only people dumber then Sarah Palin are the people who would go anywhere to listen to her.

    May 3, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. jon

    Why doesn't this goofball just go away?? She always has just worthless comments.

    May 3, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. Mickey, NY

    Another stupid comment by Sarah Qwitter...what will she think of next!

    May 3, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Buzzard t

    Enough with her already, she is now inconsequential.........

    May 3, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  8. Mike

    Sarah, Please go home to Alaska and or Russia and find your birth certificate.

    May 3, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. not today

    Yes questions like "Who left the door unlocked and let this wackjob out of its cage?" Go away Palin and take trump with you!

    May 3, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. jarhead

    I guess if she keeps repeating regaanisms she will be legit.

    May 3, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. max

    It frightens me sometimes, on those dark and stormy nights, contemplating what life would be like with her as president.

    May 3, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Naldo

    Yeah, Sarah, we'll "have to get back to you on that", like YOU say whenever someone asks YOU a serious question.

    May 3, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Skee

    When will this woman realize this is a serious situation that requires serious people to address, not some EGO MANIAC that has to be in the spotlight for self fufillment narcissism......

    I really can't understand why Palins followers take her serious......Oh wait, I know why, they have extreme HATRED and ENVY of a Black Charismatic, Artistic and well spoken President in common......John McCain will forever be connected to this pathetic EGOMANIAC Dingbat......!

    May 3, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. rs

    The serious question is: Does Palin have a brain?"

    Seriously, Palin talking foreign affairs? My cat knows more about foreign affairs.

    May 3, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Charles

    Palin dont even know what continent Pakistan can be found, yet she is running her mouth as usual. Can she just go away?

    May 3, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Bill R in Oakland

    "having clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm's way..."

    Iraq? Afghanistan?

    May 3, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Yes, Mrs. were given the chance in 2008 and couldn't answer one of them.

    May 3, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. Ramesh Shrestha

    Yes ma'am, arrogance and aggression are answers to all problems. I am with you on that.

    May 3, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. Squigman

    One of the questions in need of an answer: Why dont you shut up, and go away?

    May 3, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  20. denny

    When reagan was in power, we lost a couple hundred marines and what about that IRANCONTRA deal?

    May 3, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. MrCredik

    We win, you lose? Please define win Sarah, in a way we Americans can understand. When Ronald Reagan made his statements they were in the context of having an enemy or opponent that was an actual government with a standing army. He was talking about military victory over an identifiable enemy
    Is winning when the "official" spokesperson of the International Association of Terrorists say's "We give up". Cause there's no such thing. Or is it when all the brown people are dead. Is it when everyone who has a difference of opinion with the US bows down before the flag and renounces their religion? How naive. This is one more reason why she is not qualified to be the leader of the free world.
    Even she knows that.

    May 3, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  22. Kyle

    Any coverage of this woman is a waste of media resources.

    May 3, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Lee

    Sarah go home. We care less what your recommendations for military policies are. Your knowledge goes as far as your seeing Russia from your front porch. So please spare us with your so called expertise.

    May 3, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    This woman is a twit! What the heck does she know about policy?

    And how did her son Trig get out of a second tour of Iraq/Afghanistan? Hmmmmmm?

    May 3, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Tony

    Stop covering this idiot!
    Fight to win, clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm's way. Really? This wisdom is on par with put on your socks before you put on your shoes.
    Most important things are complicated and can't be explained consisely.
    If we don't 'go looking to slay dragons' how do you explain Iraq? Check the report today about how much that cost us over the years ($800 Billion +).

    May 3, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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