Norman Palin


You may remember the one - yes, one and only - digression into foreign policy that Sarah Palin made before being adopted as a hood ornament by the neocons. It was about the war on terror. She had heard about it "on the news." This is what she believed before being re-programmed by Kristol and Scheuneman:

Alaska Business Monthly: We've lost a lot of Alaska's military members to the war in Iraq. How do you feel about sending more troops into battle, as President Bush is suggesting?

Palin: I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place; I want assurances that we are doing all we can to keep our troops safe. Every life lost is such a tragedy. I am very, very proud of the troops we have in Alaska, those fighting overseas for our freedoms, and the families here who are making so many sacrifices.

My italics. This is what Scheuneman got her to read out in Asia:

Prominent voices in the Democratic Party are opposing the additional U.S. ground forces that are clearly needed. 

Speaker of the House Pelosi, Defense Subcommittee Chairman Murtha, the Senate Armed Services Committee Chair, and many others, recently expressed doubts about sending additional forces! President Obama will face a decision soon when the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan requests additional forces to implement his new counterinsurgency strategy.

We can win in Afghanistan by helping the Afghans build a stable representative state able to defend itself. And we must do what it takes to prevail.

Her position is that defense should be the only part of government spending that is increased. She even backs the now-defunct F-22.

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