Sarah Palin On U.S. Military Intervention in Syria: “Until We Have a Commander-in-Chief Who Knows What He’s Doing, Let Allah Sort it Out”

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I long for the day when Sarah Palin will disappear from the political landscape because every time she opens her mouth she reminds us of why she was so unqualified for the vice presidency. Trying to sound knowledgeable about the Syrian crisis, Palin, who spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Saturday, weighed in on President Obama’s decision to arm the rebels, saying, “Until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he is doing…let Allah sort it out.” Really, Sarah, like you knew what you were doing as Alaska’s governor?

It should be noted this is a stark departure from her former running mate, John McCain, who wants to see the U.S. intervene by arming rebels. Palin argued that the U.S. shouldn’t intervene in any Middle East conflict as long as President Obama remains in office. Er, why?  Because George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush had such a great track record in the Middle East, right? Amazing.

Palin also used her speech to blast the “good ole boys” in Congress and she advised them to follow the lead of freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a Tea Party darling. The former governor and Fox News contributor said the U.S. is “becoming a totalitarian surveillance state” and that she is listening more and more to libertarians in the Republican Party.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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Author: JANET SHAN

  • DaGoat

    As much as I don’t like agreeing with Palin, and as poorly as she put it, I agree we need to stop getting involved in Middle East civil wars. I gather Palin does not want to get involved in Middle East conflicts as long as Obama is in office, but I would take it a step further and say we need to stop getting into these wars period.

  • dduck

    She’s baaaack, and I don’t like it.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    In June 2008, while the Iraq War that had already killed more than 3,000 Americans was still raging, and while running with bomb-bomb Iran (and a 100-year-war-in-Iraq-is-OK) McCain, Ms. Palin asked Americans to pray for our national leaders who “are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

    While I have my own views on the crisis in Syria — especially since it has now been shown that chemical weapons are being used on innocent men, women and children — it is interesting how Ms. Palin, a gung ho supporter of President Bush’s wars, in effect says that an unnecessary war started by Bush on false pretenses is blessed by God, hence “good”, while a possible military intervention by Obama is bad and “let Allah sort it out.”

  • Smooth Jazz

    I long for the day when Sarah Palin will disappear from the political landscape because every time she opens her mouth she reminds us of why she was so unqualified for the vice presidency.

    Well, I long for the day when Obama will disappear from the political landscape everytime he opens his mouth – He is clearly in over his head. Give Gov Palin credit: She warned us a community organizer with no executive experience would be in over his head as President, and we are clearly seeing that now with this imploding Presidency.

    .But she was sharp in identyfing Obama as an empty suit, who needed the Wash/DC elite media echo chamber to pander and by sychophants for this bumbler.

    It looks like the rest of the country is catching on.

  • petew

    Unfortunately, when we poor misguided liberals and independent thinkers try to “refudiate” the heroic words of Palin, our own mere words often fail us!

    If this world ever outlives the dangerous situations in the middle east, I would guess that Ms. Palin will be unanimously considered as being on the wrong side of history!

  • KP

    Maybe she has evolved :)

  • sheknows

    Well, this is small weapons assistance we are providing the rebels really. Hopefully, the new president in Iran will help to ratchet down this situation a few notches as well.
    I also agree we need to take VERY careful baby steps in Syria, but cannot just sit back and do absolutely nothing either. We are waking a fine line and I think we are doing it correctly at this point.
    Palin isn’t really worth listening to.

  • KP

    We won’t be simply providing small weapons to ‘certain’ rebels. It will be anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. Those weapons take time to physically get there. As well, they require time to train rebels in their use; and will require a humongous effort to keep them out of radical hands (didn’t work so well in Lybia.

    If you are going to enter a civil/sectarian war best to assume it will go on far longer than you hoped it would.

  • KP

    We won’t be simply providing small weapons to some rebels. It will be anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. Those weapons take time to physically get there. As well, they require time to train rebels in their use; and will require a humongous effort to keep them out of radical hands (didn’t work so well in Lybia).

    If you are going to enter a civil/sectarian war best to assume it will go on far longer than you hoped it would.

  • sheknows

    KP, I think for now we are just sending small arms and ammunition. They are “considering” anti-tank but anti-aircraft is off the table for now. NYT 6/13

  • KP

    Aleppo is being attacked in a focused way right now. It is the linchpin for the rebels. If the Syrian military can take the area before America heavily arms and trains specific parts of rebel forces it will likely be the end of the Syrian resistance. I am guessing the President understands that.

    I know we all have grave reservations about entering another civil/sectarian war. The President (America) is in a very difficult position. Nobody knows what is going to happen over there. But once we enter, our role will likely expand.

  • StockBoyLA

    Isn’t one of the goals of the USA to advance democracy worldwide? I did not believe in Bush’s Iraq war because we went in as invaders and an occupying force. We have seen one conflict after another while Obama has been in office. Obama has been very thoughtful about our involvement. I am happy to see Obama support the people (thoughtfully and without committing hundreds of thousands of Americans) and not the current abhorrent regime.

  • http://kikoshouse.blogspot.com SHAUN MULLEN, TMV Columnist

    Smooth Jazz:

    Well, I long for the day when Obama will disappear from the political landscape everytime (sic) he opens his mouth – He is clearly in over his head.

    This must explain why he was able to end the fool’s mission in Iraq, is winding down the war in Afghanistan, has taken out Osama bin Laden and most of the Al Qaeda cadre, was pitch perfect in the successful U.S.-led mission in Libya . . . and I could go on and on.

    Anyhow, thank you for being so insightful.

  • JSpencer

    Dorian, apparently it was also God’s plan that Sarah Palin not become VP – a gift we should all get down on our knees and be thankful for. ;-)

  • justcowboyway

    Dorian, apparently it was also God’s plan that Sarah Palin not become VP – a gift we should all get down on our knees and be thankful for. ;-)

    Good one. Maybe her and Dick Cheney need to go hunting together.

  • bluebelle

    Ms. Palin has proven, yet again, that she does not have what it takes to ascend to a national leadership role. True leaders have to take many factors into consideration when committing US resources— the cost, likelihood of success, long term unplanned consequences, support or lack of it from the opposition, support or lack of it from the citizenry, whether the purported goals meet the threshold of the national interest, whether the program jeopardizes national security or our relationships with foreign powers, world opinion, our standing in the UN, etc etc, etc.
    For Miss Sarah,however,the issue is not that complex. It comes down to opposing any and all actions of a Democrat and supporting all actions of a Republican. She is nothing but a demagogue of the worst kind and a cheap political hack.

  • cjjack

    I can almost hear the chants of the villagers in my head:

    What do we want?!

    Interventionism!


    When do we want it?!

    Only when a Republican is in charge!

    Yes, Syria is a quagmire. No, there aren’t too many good options. Yet the Quitter in Chief needs to remember that if her running mate were running things, we wouldn’t have to worry too much about Syria, since we’d be up to our necks in the Iran War by now.

  • DagT140E

    I have no idea why anyone would care what she thinks about anything, but she won’t go away till everyone just ignores her.

  • The_Ohioan

    She will never go away. You can’t get rid of a former VP candidate..ever; it’s in the history books. She’s our punishment for the deplorable state of our public education system. Logic, ethics, and civics should be taught in every grade starting in pre-school.