"The Obama Doctrine is full of chaos and questions. It's dodgy, and dubious," Governor Palin said about Obama's speech on Libya in an interview with Greta Van Susteren tonight. Gov. Palin said Obama's address was "profoundly disappointing."
"If we do not capture or kill Gaddafi, there is no acceptable endgame."
Gov. Palin questioned why we would use our military under UN, NATO or Arab League leadership. "[Obama] did not articulate what our purpose was except some inconsistent humanitarian effort...why not Darfur? Why not North Korea?...He did not make the case for this intervention. U.S. interests have got to be met if were are going to intervene," Gov. Palin said. "U.S. interests cannot mean validating some post-American theory of intervention wherein we wait for the United Nations or the Arab League to tell us 'thumbs up! You can act now' and then we get in the back of the bus and we wait for NATO. We wait for the French to lead us. That's not inspirational," Gov. Palin said.
Enforcing the no-fly zone in Libya costs $600 million per day, again begging the question of why this humanitarian issue is a priority over skirmishes where more lives are being lost.
"Disappointing speech, because we did not get the answers. We want to know what is the end-game," Gov. Palin said. She reiterated her point that "Gaddafi has to go." He must be killed or captured, else he will take revenge on the U.S. and her interests, and sponsor terrorism, Gov. Palin said. If we're going to protect civilians, "getting rid of the bad guy" is necessary to that end. "In these 42 years, there's been atrocities conducted by Gaddafi," Gov. Palin said.
She quoted a senior national security adviser who stated that "we don't make decisions on intervention based on consistency or precedent," meaning that our policy is ad-hoc, a situation Gov. Palin said was appalling. She said his speech which left open the question of how we will proceed with a long string of unstable nations only made the situation worse.
Elected officials from both parties questioned all the aspects of our involvement in Libya. Gov. Palin asked, "Are we at war?" Is this a skirmish, an intervention? She repeated her point that our national interests are not being served by taking a backseat to the UN, NATO and the Arab League, "while we put our finger up in the air and decide what the political winds are around the world, not necessarily knowing and believing that the U.S.' interests must come first in this."
Gov. Palin found Obama's reference to the North Star in his speech to be dubious at best.
Palin on Obama's 'War' retrieved from Fox News