Sarah Palin went on Fox News last night, and as she hung out with her Scientology BFF, Greta Van Susteren she claimed that Gaddafi is going to attack the US. Palin said, “US interests are Gaddafi’s gotta go, killing or capturing, he’s got to go because he’s going to seek revenge on the United States of America.”
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On a question about why Obama has to Libya, Palin answered, “That’s a good question. That’s the 600 million dollar a day question that is being asked now. Because that’s the cost incurred by Americans as we support the no-fly zone. Which of course the no-fly zone the intervention or enactment is turning into more than that. Again, disappointing speech. Because we didn’t get the answers. We want to though what is the end game? Our interests are Gaddhafi’s gotta go, killing or capturing, he’s got to go because he’s going to seek revenge on the United States of America. That will be his modus operandi from here on out he will sponsor terrorism unless he’s gone.”
Palin then called for America to throw away pragmatism and go back to the Bush Doctrine, “One of the president’s senior national security advisers was reported saying we don’t make — based on consistency or precedent. It means this intervention is by ad hoc policy. Obama is ignoring history and engaging in inconsistency. It is making many of us distrust what it is we are doing in Libya and making us wonder what is the end game where do we go next with the other countries that are certainly suffering from a turmoil. Inconsistency tonight articulated by our president made things worse.”
In the two paragraphs above, Sarah Palin didn’t offer an answer of her own about what she would do in Libya. Instead, she strummed the Republican emotional strings and stressed distrust, anger, and fear. Her response was that of the prototypical post 9/11 Republican. This was straight out of the George W. Bush playbook. America needs to escalate the war with ground troops because Gaddhafi is a bad guy who is going to attack American. The security of the homeland is at risk, so we can’t be pragmatic. We must have full scale war.
Those who are hung up on Palin’s bogus $600 million a day cost claim for Libya are missing the real point. Palin wasn’t using Obama’s decision in Libya just to try to portray him as weak and indecisive, which they have been doing on every issue since he took office, she was making a false argument for more war based on false statements.
Who does that remind you of?
Just for kicks let’s flash back to the 2008 campaign, when Sarah Palin did not know what the Bush Doctrine was:
When asked on ABC Palin said, “I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism. Terrorists who are hellbent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though, there have been mistakes made. And with new leadership- and that’s the beauty of American elections of course and of democracy- is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.”
Sarah Palin was rejecting cost/benefit analysis and pragmatism for an overarching blanket doctrine that she doesn’t even understand. Obama made it clear last night that the goal is to get Gaddafi out of power, but he is limiting the operation to what the Libyan people asked us to do. (I know listening to the will of a sovereign people. What a crazy concept!!)
Obama flat out rejected the full scale war for regime change that Sarah Palin was advocating, “The task that I assigned our forces – to protect the Libyan people from immediate danger, and to establish a No Fly Zone – carries with it a UN mandate and international support. It is also what the Libyan opposition asked us to do. If we tried to overthrow Gaddafi by force, our coalition would splinter. We would likely have to put U.S. troops on the ground, or risk killing many civilians from the air. The dangers faced by our men and women in uniform would be far greater. So would the costs, and our share of the responsibility for what comes next.”
The president shot down the Bush/Palin doctrine, “To be blunt, we went down that road in Iraq. Thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our troops and the determination of our diplomats, we are hopeful about Iraq’s future. But regime change there took eight years, thousands of American and Iraqi lives, and nearly a trillion dollars. That is not something we can afford to repeat in Libya.”
Earlier this week Sarah Palin took to the arms of BFF Greta to claim that Iran is going to attack the United States. If she was ever elected president, Sarah Palin’s obvious mental illness and paranoia would mean that every non-Christian nation in the world would be viewed as a threat to attack America.
Sarah Palin was rejecting intelligence in favor of fear. We have been down this road before, and it doesn’t end well. Sarah Palin has moved on from pretending that she is Ronald Reagan to now reviving the zombie presidency of George W. Bush.
The Reagan suit never fit Sarah Palin, but George W. Bush? Now, that’s her color.