Sarah Palin on Homeland Security

Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President

If you love your freedom, thank a vet

Do you love your freedom? It's April 14, the day before Tax Day. We're in Boston, the home of the original American tax revolt. And everyone is in such a good mood. The crowd roars in the affirmative in answer to my question.

"If you love your freedom, thank a vet." I ask all the men and women who have served or are serving our country to raise their hands. They wave, and the crowd explodes. "God bless you guys! We thank you. You're the reason we can be here today. We salute you!"

The mainstream media has been working overtime to portray these Americans as angry and bigoted. The Stars and Stripes is everywhere, rippling in the spring breeze from outstretched arms and attached to wheelchairs and strollers. Dozens of yellow "Don't Tread on Me" flags glow in the morning sun.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. ix-x , Nov 23, 2010

Calling Vietnam vets "baby killers" was shameful history

I'm grateful every day that [my son] Track and his fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines live in a country that no longer looks down on their service. The treatment of servicemen and -women coming home from Vietnam--literally being spit on and called "baby killers"--is a dark and shameful chapter in our history. We can and often do disagree with the decisions made by the civilian and military leaders who command our young men and women. And we do become war weary. But the American people, to their everlasting credit, have no stomach for taking out our war weariness on the men and women who serve.

To the contrary, I meet Americans everyday who are engaged in activities to honor & support our troops, whether it is baking cookies, knitting wool caps for those cold nights in Afghanistan, or just writing a letter every once I n a while. Just as important, Americans continue to support our troops and their families after they come home, many of them with serious injuries.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. 48-49 , Nov 23, 2010

Tragic mistake to allow mosque near Ground Zero

Selective evocation of religious tolerance continues today when Americans are lectured about who can exercise their freedom of religion, and under what circumstances. The plan to build a mosque just steps from Ground Zero in NYC is a good example.

NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and other supporters of the initiative have argued that not allowing a mosque to be built at a sacred site where nearly 3000 people lost their lives in the name of Islam would somehow violate American principles of tolerance and openness.

Many Americans, me included, feel it would be an intolerable & tragic mistake to allow such a project to go forward on such hallowed ground. Of course the supporters of this project have a constitutional right to build a mosque on private land. But just because they can do something doesn't mean they necessarily should. This is nothing close to "religious intolerance"; it's what our Founders called "a decent respect for the opinions of mankind"--or in this case, their fellow Americans.

Source: America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p.221-222 , Nov 23, 2010

Soldiers have chosen to serve something greater than self

Q: For you, national security is a personal issue. You have a son in the army. How is he doing?

A: He's doing awesome. And I'm so proud of him and the decision that he has made along with all the many, many men and women in uniform who--I look at, especially these young men and women and think, they could be doing anything, or nothing; and they have chosen to serve something greater than self. They are not just biding time in their young years. They get it. They understand the need to protect our security and to really be willing to die for our freedom. And when I talk about my son, and he doesn't like me to talk about him; he'll chew me out if he hears about this, but--

A: He may be watching.

A: I don't think he's ever turned on C-SPAN! But I'm proud of him & the decision that he has made because, again, they are serving something greater than self, but as Track would say, don't thank me; thank the troops I serve with & thank those who have gone on before me to allow me to do what I'm doing

Source: 2010 Tea Party Convention Q&A , Feb 6, 2010

No apologies for saying Obama pals around with terrorists

I was told to sit down and shut up when I spoke on the trail about Obama's associations with questionable characters, including Obama's long association with Bill Ayers, an unrepentant domestic terrorist. Headquarters issued an approved sound bite about Obama "palling around with terrorists," and I was happy to be the one to deliver it. The left went nuts, accusing me of lowdown rhetoric unworthy of presidential politics. And although it was headquarters that had issued the sound bite, the folks there did little more than duck.

I did not apologize for calling it like I saw it and wondered out loud why I was prohibited from calling the other ticket out on more of its strange associations. I was told not to discuss Obama's pastor of 20 years, Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright. I will forever question the campaign for prohibiting discussion of such associations. All the more since these telltale signs of Obama's views have now been brought into the light by his appointments and actions in office.

Source: Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p.306-307 , Nov 17, 2009

Economic sanctions on North Korea for nukes

Q: What should be the trigger for nuclear weapons use?

PALIN: Our nuclear weaponry here in the US is used as a deterrent. And that’s a safe, stable way to use nuclear weaponry. For North Korea under Kim Jong Il, we have got to make sure that we’re putting economic sanctions on these countries and that we have allies supporting us in this, to make sure that leaders like Kim Jong Il & Ahmadinejad are not allowed to acquire, to proliferate, or to use those nuclear weapons. It is that important.

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Sen. Joe Biden , Oct 2, 2008

Terrorists in Iraq are the biggest threat to Americans today

Q: What’s the greater threat, a nuclear Iran or an unstable Pakistan?

PALIN: Both are extremely dangerous. And as for who coined that central war on terror being in Iraq, it was the Gen. Petraeus and al Qaeda, and it’s probably the only thing that they’re ever going to agree on. An armed, nuclear Iran is so extremely dangerous. Israel is in jeopardy when we’re dealing with Iran. Others who are dangerous dictators are ones that Barack Obama has said he would be willing to meet with without preconditions. And that goes beyond naivete and poor judgment.

BIDEN: Pakistan already has nuclear weapons. Iran getting a nuclear weapon would be destabilizing, but they are not close to getting a nuclear weapon that’s able to be deployed. John continues to tell us that the central war on terror is in Iraq. I promise you, if an attack comes in the homeland, it’s going to come from al Qaeda in the hills of Pakistan. We need to support that democracy by helping them with their economic well-being

Source: 2008 Vice Presidential debate against Joe Biden , Oct 2, 2008

Pakistani people & leaders want to get rid of terrorists

Q: Is Pakistan protecting al Qaeda?

A: I don’t believe that new President Zardari has that mission at all. But no, the Pakistani people also, they want freedom. They want democratic values to be allowed in their country, also. They understand the dangers of terrorists having a stronghold in regions of their country, also. And I believe that they, too, want to rid not only their country, but the world, of violent Islamic terrorists.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric , Sep 24, 2008

Fight terrorism to spread democratic ideals in world

Q: How will you spread democracy through the world?

A: Specifically, we will make every effort possible to help spread democracy for those who desire freedom, independence, tolerance, respect for equality. That is the whole goal here in fighting terrorism also. It’s not just to keep the people safe, but to be able to usher in democratic values and ideals around this, around the world.

Source: 2008 CBS News presidential interview with Katie Couric , Sep 24, 2008

Any country that houses Islamic terrorists is a danger to US

Q: What countries today pose the most danger, in your view, to America?

A: Any country that is going to house violent Islamic terrorists. We have to keep our eye, of course, on Iran. We’ve got to keep our eye on some of the ongoing activities in Russia, also. North Korea under the leadership of Kim Jong Il--certainly there is a lot of concern there.

Source: 2008 Fox News interview on “Hannity & Colmes” , Sep 17, 2008

Energy is a foundation of national security

Q: When I asked John McCain about your national security credentials, he cited the fact that you have commanded the Alaskan National Guard and that Alaska is close to Russia. Are those sufficient credentials?

A: Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20% of the US domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.

Q: I know. I’m just saying that national security is a whole lot more than energy.

A: It is, but I want you to not lose sight of the fact that energy is a foundation of national security. It’s that important. It’s that significant.

Source: ABC News: 2008 election interview with Charlie Gibson , Sep 11, 2008

Only a very small percent of Islamic believers are extreme

Q: We talk on the anniversary of 9/11. Why do you think those hijackers attacked? Why did they want to hurt us?

A: You know, there is a very small percentage of Islamic believers who are extreme and they are violent and they do not believe in American ideals, and they attacked us and now we are at a point here seven years later, on the anniversary, in this post-9/11 world, where we’re able to commit to never again. They see that the only option for them is to become a suicide bomber, to get caught up in this evil, in this terror. They need to be provided the hope that all Americans have instilled in us, because we’re a democratic, we are a free, and we are a free-thinking society.

Source: ABC News: 2008 election interview with Charlie Gibson , Sep 11, 2008

Agrees with Bush Doctrine, if enough legitimate intel

Q: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?

A: In what respect?

Q: Well, what do you interpret it to be?

A: His world view.

Q: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated Sept. 2002, before the Iraq war.

A: I believe that what Pres. Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell-bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

Q: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?

A: If there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.

Source: ABC News: 2008 election interview with Charlie Gibson , Sep 11, 2008

Focus on fighting Al-Qaeda terrorists, not on reading rights

What does [Barack Obama] actually seek to accomplish? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy.. our opponent is against producing it.

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.

Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights?

Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much ... he promises more.

Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

Source: Speech at 2008 Republican National Convention , Sep 3, 2008

Strong military and sound energy

Q: If you were running for president, what causes would you champion?

A: I would push for a strong military and a sound energy policy. I believe that Alaska can help set an example on energy policy.

Source: Q&A with Newsmax.com’s Mike Coppock , Aug 29, 2008

Armed forces, including my son, give us security and freedom

Let us pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform, and their families, and those who’ve previously served our great nation. Their fight for freedom allows us to assemble tonight--with liberty and security! Because of their sacrifices we are free to do our jobs here. And we thank them. Todd and our son Track who is proudly serving in the U.S. Army, thank you [all] for your service.
Source: 2008 State of the State Address to 25th Alaska Legislature , Jan 15, 2008

Ask all candidates “Are you doing all you can for security?”

Q: Your views on national security issues?

A: I think candidates are going to be asked, are you doing--and are your intentions to do--all that you can to help secure these United States? And I think every elected official needs to ask themselves that. And I say that, even personally. My one and only son, my 18-year- old, he just signed up for the United States Army. He is at boot camp right now and I’m thinking, you know, this kid is doing all that he can within his power to help secure and defend the United States. Every elected official had better be asking themselves, are you doing as much also? Are you doing all that you can?

Source: Interview with Charlie Rose , Oct 12, 2007

Visits Kuwait; encourages Alaska big game hunting to troops

Governor Sarah Palin today informed Alaska National Guardsmen and women serving in combat that big game hunting opportunities will be available when they return from combat zones this fall.

“I heard from many Alaskans serving overseas during my trip to Kuwait in July,” said Governor Palin. “One of the most frequent questions was about the status of hunting seasons upon their return. While I can’t grant our troops the chance to hunt in closed areas or in places with species restrictions, I do want to recognize them and help them hunt this late fall or winter when they get home.“

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will re-issue permits for service members who were successful in obtaining lottery permit hunts but were unable to use them. Service members are encouraged to contact their local ADF&G office to learn more about the hunting opportunities that may be available to them.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: press release,“National Guardsmen” , Sep 6, 2007

Obligation to support our troops, even if criticizing war

Operation America Rising is a newly founded, non-partisan organization whose sole mission is to show the men and women of the United States Armed Forces that they are supported. It is because of our fighting men and women that we are able to know freedom

While many will criticize the merits of war, we must all understand our obligation to support our fellow citizens who are putting their lives on the line to guarantee our freedoms for future generations.

Americans realize they can never fully repay our troops for the sacrifices they have made. These heroes face long deployments that separate them from their family and friends.

On July 7th in every state of our nation, Americans will gather together to express their deep appreciation for our troops. We owe it to the men and women of our Armed Forces. They deserve to know that they are supported by their fellow Americans.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “America Rising” , Jun 27, 2007

Proclaim “Loyalty Day” to reaffirm loyalty to America

Loyalty Day is a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the US and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom. Throughout our history, honorable men & women have demonstrated their loyalty to America by making remarkable sacrifices to preserve and protect these values.

All Americans can be confident in the future of our Nation as these values are passed on to each new generation. Our children need to know that our Nation is a force for good in the world and must understand our past as they prepare to lead in the future.

Each of us should celebrate the gift of freedom that has been earned for us by loyal Americans and join their efforts to ensure our Nation is kept strong so we can continue to live as free people.

NOW, , THEREFORE, I, Gov. S.Palin, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2007 as: Loyalty Day in Alaska, and call upon Alaskans to join in and support this national observance, display the flag of the United States, and reaffirm our allegiance to our Nation.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Loyalty Day” , Apr 27, 2007

Promote from within, in Alaska’s National Guard

Thank you military personnel! I support you. I respect our military personnel and understand the importance of Alaska’s National Guard. As I watched our military men and women being deployed I recognized how important it is for their families to know how much Alaska and America support them. I believe in “promoting from within” to provide continued good leadership that truly understands Alaska and will partner with our elected leaders to support our troops.
Source: Campaign website, www.palinforgovernor.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

Let military personnel know how much we support them

ALASKA’S MILITARY: Thank you military personnel! I support you. I respect our military personnel and understand the importance of Alaska’s National Guard. As I watched our military men and women being deployed I recognized how important it is for their families to know how much Alaska and America support them. I believe in “promoting from within” to provide continued good leadership that truly understands Alaska and will partner with our elected leaders to support our troops.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska , Nov 3, 2006

Question terrorists before they get lawyered up & Mirandized

We should acknowledge that, on Christmas day, the system did not work. This terrorist trained in Yemen with al Qaeda. His American visa was not revoked until after he tried to kill hundreds of passengers. On Christmas day, the only thing that stopped this terrorist is blind luck and brave passengers. It was a Christmas miracle. And that is not the way that the system is supposed to work.

What followed was equally disturbing after he was captured. He was questioned for only 50 minutes. We have a choice in how to do this. The choice was only question him for 50 minutes and then read his Miranda rights. The administration says then there are no downsides or upsides to treating terrorists like civilian criminal defendants. But a lot of us would beg to differ. For example, there are questions we would have liked this foreign terrorist to answer before he lawyered up and invoked our U.S. constitutional right to remain silent.

Source: 2010 Tea Party Convention speeches , Feb 6, 2010

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