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The Palin Doctrine Emerges: Video and Transcript Of Sarah Palin’s Tribute To The Troops

By Gary P Jackson

As you know, the demand to watch Sarah Palin’s speech Monday night in Colorado was more than the internet could bear. For those who weren’t able to watch the great tribute live, we have video of Sarah’s portion, courtesy of PalinTV and a transcript of the speech courtesy of SarahPAC.

This was an incredibly moving speech. Besides a rousing tribute to America’s finest, we see the Palin Doctrine emerge. Sarah has spoken on numerous occasions, giving a hint here and there of the sort of no-nonsense Commander-in-Chief she would be as President.

Here she goes into more detail. Sarah lays out her 5 points. Her criteria for using military force. We see that Sarah Palin is the kind that would only take Our troops into battle with a clear objective and a solid vision of what victory would look like. And even then, she would only go into battle if America’s interests or the interests of our allies were involved.

As this event was an effort to raise money for the families of our brave men and women in the military, please open your wallets and drop by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) website and help this great charity out.

From SarahPAC [emphasis mine]

Posted on May 02, 2011

The following is an excerpt of Governor Palin’s remarks at Colorado Christian University (CCU) on May 2, 2011, for the Tribute to the Troops benefit in support of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which provides support to those who suffered the loss of a military loved one.

Tribute to the Troops with Governor Palin

You’ve probably heard it before, but I want to read you something that we believe was written by Charles Province some years ago. And it explains in simple terms why it is that we are able to assemble here today freely – why it is that we know that we can be here safely, and those with opposing views even are able to express their views and share and debate and discuss. The reason that we are able to do this is because of the sacrifices that our military has made for us.

Let me read you this quickly, because we do need to remember that “It is the veteran, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the veteran, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial. It is the veteran, not the politician who has given us the right to vote. And it is the veteran who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protesters to burn the flag.” It is the veteran who is allowing us to be here today. So with that, we salute the veterans. We recognize that without the sacrifices that have been made by them, we would not be sitting here today….

Last night, thank God, all of us heard the news that the evil leader of Islamic extremists who was responsible for the murders of thousands of innocent Americans had finally met justice at the hands of America’s finest. It is my honor to get to be with those finest today. We get to pay tribute to those finest – our United States military.

I know that we will probably all remember as individuals where we were that September day when the horrific thoughts, ambitions, and plans of this terrorist cut short the thoughts, ambitions, and plans of beloved innocent Americans who were heartlessly murdered on September 11, 2001.

God bless all the brave men and women in our military and our intelligence services who carried out the successful mission to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice and all those who has laid the groundwork over the years to make that victory possible. The historic action that was announced last night was the result of the diligence, hard work, and character of countless American warriors who know that those who spread evil, those with murderous intentions must be contained. Those who would kill in the name of religion must be stopped.

In Denver last May, I was on a panel that was moderated by Colorado Christian University President Armstrong. I was there with radio hosts Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager, and we were asked a question on that panel: what we believed was the greatest threat facing America. Dennis Prager answered first, and he said that he believed the single greatest threat to our country’s future is that we seem to be failing to pass on what it means to be an American to the next generation. And I agreed with his concerns, but I had a caveat when I agreed in my answer to what he said. I offered: If we’re truly so delinquent in teaching the next generation what it means to be free and how important it is to defend freedom, then how do we explain the thousands of young men and women, my own son among them, who, though they have never tasted anything but freedom, choose as patriots to join our United States military and fight for freedom in distant lands far from the comforts of home?

Who are these young American warriors? What is the character represented in those who are sitting up here on this stage? They are volunteer troops. They enlist because they instinctively know that America is worth fighting for and that America’s enemies must be defeated.

The fighting warriors in our armed forces are willing to lay their lives on the line to preserve and protect something greater than self – to defend the American ideal of liberty. They represent the very best among us. They embody our highest ideals. And they represent American Exceptionalism.

And yesterday their courage and their determination brought us justice – especially justice for the victims of 9/11. God bless those families who suffered so much on 9/11.

Yesterday was a testament to the military’s dedication in relentlessly hunting down an enemy through many years of war, and we thank our President. We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory.

Let me give you another example of victory, among thousands of examples that we can think of in our military – an example of the heroism over the years. One of Colorado’s newest residents is Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, and he’s a new resident in Fort Collins. He’s the first living service member from the Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts to receive the Medal of Honor. He was a rifle team leader in Afghanistan; and on October 25, 2007, his unit was ambushed shortly after nightfall. Sgt. Giunta described it: “There were more bullets in the air than stars in the sky. A wall of bullets at everyone at the same time with one crack and then a million cracks… They were close – as close as I’ve ever seen.” But the sergeant kept his cool and relied on his training. He fought off the insurgents and rescued several members of his unit, including an injured soldier who was being carried off by the Taliban. Giunta’s squad leader later praised him saying, “We were outnumbered. You stopped the fight. You stopped them from taking a soldier.”

When he was notified that he was being recommended for the Medal of Honor, Sgt. Giunta was humble. He said, “If I’m a hero, every man that stands around with me, every woman who is in the military, everyone who goes into the unknown is a hero.”

Why do these American heroes go into the unknown? G. K. Chesteron once wrote that “the true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” They fight because they love America and they love the ideals that America represents. What America stands for is liberty, and justice, and equality, and the empowerment of the individual.

Now, the enemy that we’re fighting loves death, the subjugation of women, and a twisted promotion of the survival of the fittest through fear, and hate, and lies about America and our purpose in the world.

Yesterday, when we learned that the public face of Islamic terrorism was killed, there were already voices declaring, well, our war on terrorism over. It is not over. We are still at war with a brutal enemy that hates America and our allies and all that we stand for. So we must not retreat. We cannot let-up. The war wages on.

Our troops and our intelligence services have proven again and again their courage to defeat the enemy in the face of the same overwhelming odds that Sgt. Giunta faced. Those threats are still real, and in fact, they may be ramped up after the events of yesterday.

And that’s why when we continue to send our troops into harm’s way, they deserve the clarity of knowing what their mission is. And the decision to insert American units in areas to hunt down and to kill Bin Laden is an example of the needed, decisive leadership that our troops deserve. It is an example of the proper use of force to protect America.

So, of course, we celebrate that important tactical victory that we found out about yesterday. You know, there’s no military in the world that could have accomplished what that young team of SEALs accomplished…. But there are still many serious questions that demand answers. Osama bin Laden was killed in an affluent city outside Islamabad, not in a dark cave in the mountains. How long had he been there? The town where he was hiding is home to the Pakistani equivalent of West Point. According to some reports, the gun battle took place just about 800 yards from the Pakistani Military Academy. Many retired Pakistani military officers live in the area. How was the most wanted man in the world able to avoid detection living in comfort in a mysterious super compound in plain sight? ….We know that speculation will be that at least some of the Pakistani leaders perhaps were helping him. Consider that just last October, the U.S. offered $2 billion in military aid to Pakistan. That’s on top of $7.5 billion that we provide them in civilian aid. So, we deserve answers to our questions and should demand answers to our questions. We also must demand that anyone who cooperated in hiding Bin Laden be brought to justice. So there are lots of questions, lots of questions about the burial, about photos; and those things will certainly be disclosed, we must trust.

But despite these lingering questions, we’re not going to question the integrity of our troops. Credit belongs to our troops and our intelligence services for this victory. They were given a clear and a vital mission with defined objectives, and they accomplished the mission.

There’s a lesson here then for the effective use of force, as opposed to sending our troops on missions that are ill-defined. And it can be argued that our involvement elsewhere, say in Libya, is an example of a lack of clarity. See, these are deadly serious questions that we must ask ourselves when we contemplate sending Americans into harm’s way. Our men and women in uniform deserve a clear understanding of U.S. positions on such a crucial decision. I believe our criteria before we send our young men and women—America’s finest—into harm’s way should be spelled out clearly when it comes to the use of our military force. I can tell you what I believe that criteria should be in five points.

First, we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.

Second, if we have to fight, we fight to win. To do that, we use overwhelming force. We only send our troops into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible. We do not stretch out our military with open-ended and ill-defined missions. Nation building is a nice idea in theory, but it is not the main purpose of our armed forces. We use our military to win wars.

And third, we must have clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm’s way. If you can’t explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle. Period.

Fourth, American soldiers must never be put under foreign command. We will fight side by side with our allies, but American soldiers must remain under the care and the command of American officers.

Fifth, sending in our armed forces should be the last resort. We don’t go looking for dragons to slay. However, we will encourage the forces of freedom around the world who are sincerely fighting for the empowerment of the individual. When it makes sense, when it’s appropriate, we will provide them with material support to help them win their own freedom.

We are not indifferent to the cause of human rights or the desire for freedom. We are always on the side of both. But we can’t fight every war. We can’t undo every injustice around the world. But with strength and clarity in those five points, we’ll make for a safer, more prosperous, more peaceful world because as the U.S. leads by example, as we support freedom across the globe, we’re going to prove that free and healthy countries don’t wage war on other free and healthy countries. The stronger we are, the stronger and more peaceful the world will be under our example.

Some of these principles may sound familiar. A few of them were first expressed back in 1984 in President Reagan’s cabinet. They were designed to help us sharply define when and how we should use force, and they served us well in the Reagan years. Times are much different now, but I believe that by updating these time-tested principles to address the unique and changing circumstances and threats that we face today, they will serve us well now and into the future. Remember, Reagan liked to keep it simple, yet profound. Remember what he would say to the enemy? He’d say, “we win, you lose.”

Some may argue that today in a world where we are dealing with terrorist organizations rather than Cold War adversaries, these principals are outdated. On the contrary, these principles are timeless. They will allow us to effectively and forcefully defend our vital national interests and those of our key allies in the age of terrorism. We must vigorously defend ourselves, but at the same time we must not wear down our armed forces with never-ending and ever-increasing commitments.

I believe that America must never retreat into isolation. The world would be less safe and less free without our leadership. And we must never forget that America has a responsibility to lead. “To whom much is given, much is expected.” We cannot be the world’s policeman granted, or the world’s ATM. But we can lead by example. By our words and, when necessary, by our actions, we must and we will remain the world’s abiding beacon of freedom.

Now, we may hear from pundits, from some of the elite in the Beltway, from the politicos (in fact, I often hear from them on a daily basis) that some of these commonsense ideas are passé and that America is in decline. That is what some of them would articulate and want you to believe. But a nation that can produce and support the men and women that we have up here on stage, and a man like Sgt. Giunta, a nation that can produce these volunteer patriots and the brave warriors who defeated an enemy yesterday is not in decline. We are not a nation in decline if we can look to these young people and realize that they still want to protect America and fight for America. That is proof that we are not in decline.

We have America’s finest willing to sacrifice for the country. They are willing to sacrifice all for all of us. We have in America gifted private sector entrepreneurs who create wealth, and they provide jobs. We attract the best and brightest minds in the world wanting to come to America. Do you notice that not a lot of people are wanting to leave America? They’re wanting to come to America because we believe in American Exceptionalism, and we believe in the pioneering spirit that can be found in places like Colorado. No, America is not in decline – because America believes in itself and in leaders who believe in America and who believe in the providential hand that can guide us.

We need leaders who embody the same standards to which our men and women in uniform hold themselves.

Remember, the true soldier fights because he loves what is behind him. Behind him here is tradition; it’s patriotism. It’s not a need for a fundamental transformation of America; it’s for a renewal of all that is good about America! It’s a renewal of what CCU stands for.

Our fighting men and women love America’s values, they love their families, they love this providential land which God has shed His grace upon.

They love their fellow Americans. They’ve fought for us; they’ve protected us; they’ve given us the justice that America deserves. They know that freedom isn’t free. It’s a God-given right. It’s worth fighting for.

They have made us proud. Now let’s make them proud!

Thank you for loving the United States of America, for supporting TAPS, for assisting the survivors. May you be blessed in the mission, Colorado. And thank you for being part of the solution.

God bless you, Colorado! And God bless America!

~ Sarah Palin

It’s been a busy three days for Sarah. Saturday in Washington, D.C., Sunday in the California Central Valley, Colorado on Monday, and something tells me she’s just getting started!

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Sarah Palin Shows Leadership By Skipping NBC/POLITICO Dog And Pony Show

By Gary P Jackson

The media was all aflutter when it learned Sarah Palin wasn’t going to attend the “Republican Debate” at the Reagan Library in May. Of course the “thought leaders” all saw this as a sure sign that Sarah wasn’t going to run for President. This is know as wish-casting, something the naysayers do a lot!

The fact is, this “debate” is being hosted by two of the most leftist organizations out there: NBC and POLITICO. Might as well have the Daily Kos and Huffington Post host the thing. Experience tells us it won’t be a fair debate, there is an agenda at work here, and the moderator will be working to craft the best “gotcha” questions imaginable.

Past that, it’s way too early. May 2011 is 19 months, just a few months shy of two years, from the 2012 election. Can’t we at least wait until 2012 to start this process?

Sarah Palin won’t be the only Republican hopeful skipping the debate, but you’d think she was, considering the hand wringing.

Tim Crawford, SarahPAC’s treasurer, issued a statement saying people shouldn’t read anything about 2012 into her skipping the “debate.”

Katrina Trinko from National Review Online reports:

Sarah Palin’s decision to deliver a speech in Colorado the same day as the first GOP presidential primary debate does not signal that she will not run in 2012, says an official with Palin’s PAC.

It has nothing to do with a decision [about running for president in 2012]. The Governor said the other day that she will make a decision about that in the coming months,” Tim Crawford, the treasurer of Palin’s PAC, told National Review Online.

Palin will be the keynote speaker at the Colorado Christian University’s “Tribute to the Troops” event, which the university describes as “a military and veterans appreciation rally and charity benefit.” The benefit will be held in Lakewood, Colo. on May 2, the same day Politico and NBC News have scheduled the first GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

It should be noted Sarah had scheduled an event in Colorado earlier to support the troops, and the event was canceled due to threats of violence from “loving and tolerant” liberals. It should also be noted that Sarah specifically chose this date, and is doing this appearance no charge, so every dime raised will benefit the group.

More on this later.

Even Allahpundit at Hot Air recognizes this is a smart move:

Good politics, actually, and if not for the location, I’d say it was great politics.

SarahPAC’s treasurer tells NRO that the scheduling had nothing to do with the debate. Okay, but raising money for families of deceased vets on a night when the Pawlentys and Gingriches of the world are chasing their personal ambitions on national TV is a pretty sweet contrast to draw. It’s also an opportunity to enlarge the shadow she’s cast over the field. Her absence at the library will be felt regardless, but if she says something provocative in her speech at the fundraiser that gets the media’s attention, she might steal the spotlight away from the debate the next day. That’ll drive her rivals nuts and build momentum for a splashy late entry into the race.

The only potential liability is that skipping a photo op with Nancy Reagan makes it a bit harder to claim the Reagan mantle. Even that’s a minor concern, though: None of the other top-tier candidates seriously present themselves in the Reagan mold, and since the debate’s being sponsored by two media outlets that grassroots conservatives loathe, her decision to skip the event is easily forgiven. It’s all upside. Exit question: If it’s wrong to read any political significance into the scheduling of the May event, is it okay to read some significance into the scheduling of this event in October?

We have to disagree with Allah on the Nancy Reagan photo op. We all love Nancy, but she has been co-opted by the party elites, and doesn’t carry the heft that Ronnie did. Besides, Sarah had her real Reagan moment when she was the keynote speaker at the event celebrating Reagan’s 100th birthday. The ranch really represents the very essence of Ronald Reagan, and Sarah was able to walk the paths and ride the trails of Ronald Reagan at the ranch.

The October event Allah refers to is the Extraordinary Women Conference. This will be a huge event that will be simulcast live to more than 1,000 churches nationwide. This has the potential to reach anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million viewers. [and that’s a very conservative estimate] This is a powerful setting for Sarah to speak in. A powerful way to get her message of faith out.

From News Advance:

Sarah Palin will be the featured speaker at a women’s conference at Liberty University this fall.

The former Alaska governor will share her “personal testimony of faith” at the Extraordinary Women Conference, which will be held at the Vines Center on Oct. 7-8, according to a news release from conference organizers.

Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said in an e-mail Tuesday that the university is “honored to host (the conference) and to welcome Governor Sarah Palin to our campus.

Governor Palin is greatly admired by our Liberty University faculty, staff and students for her patriotism and her determination to stand up for what is right despite vicious and unrelenting attacks against her and her family.”

The conference in Lynchburg is one of several stops on the 2011 “Everlasting Hope” tour, part of outreach efforts by the American Association of Christian Counselors, a Forest-based organization led by Liberty professor Tim Clinton. His wife, Julie Clinton, is the point person for the Extraordinary Women conferences.

We are just thrilled to death,” Julie Clinton said in an interview Tuesday about Palin’s upcoming appearance in Lynchburg.

Palin, who will speak at the conference on Oct. 8, was sworn in as the first female governor of Alaska in December 2006. In August 2008, she was named as Sen. John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, making her the first woman to run on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket. She was named in TIME magazine’s 2010 list of “100 Most Influential People.”

Her October appearance at Liberty will be broadcast live to more than 1,000 churches, Falwell said.

Sheya over at Conservatives4Palin has his own take: [emphasis mine]

Governor Palin to Politico: Take Your Liberal Biased Debate And Shove It!

Doing this fundraiser, instead of the debate, is a sign that Governor Palin will be a candidate for president in 2012.

Last month, we reported that the Governor was scheduled to do a fundraiser for the Patriots & Warriors Gala, an organization that tax records show had around $1,000 in revenue in 2008 and $2,204 in total assets in 2009. The event was canceled after the people who hate the Governor released an onslaught of personal attacks on the organisation.

[ … ]

So what do we have here? First the Governor schedules a May 2nd event for a small organization with assets totaling around $3,000. She then asks the organizers of the newly scheduled event to hold the event on specifically the same date and does it for free.

There’s a pattern here. It’s not that the Governor won’t be attending the debate because she’s doing the fundraiser. She’s purposely doing the fundraiser to not attend the debate. Governor Palin is sending a message to the far left NBC and Politico: you can’t suck up to Obama and trash her, her kids and Republicans in general all the time and expect a credible debate in return.

[ … }

If Governor Palin wouldn’t be running she wouldn’t have gone out of her way to have an event on that night to avoid the debate. If she isn’t a candidate, she wouldn’t attend the debate anyway and would have just stayed at home to watch it so she could make an educated decision on which other candidate to support. The fact that Tim Crawford gave his statement suggests that the Governor wanted the message out loud and clear.

Let us not mince words. It’s pretty clear that Governor Palin, with her years of experience in running a business, close to 20 years of public service, and her vast experience in energy, is running for President of the United States. She will be participating in a lot of debates but the liberal biased Politico/NBC debate will not be one of them.

Let the liberal and establishment heads begin to explode, George Will; I mean yours too.

Sheya is spot on. If Sarah was not going to run in 2012, she wouldn’t have went out of her way to schedule the event at the same time as the “debate.” As we all know, even if she wasn’t going to run, she has signaled that she has every intention to be a major political force for years to come. She would have indeed sat back and watched this dog and pony show, to see how the candidates performed. The message is loud and clear: Sarah Palin is running for President!

Of course, this may be the worst kept secret on earth!

Read more of Sheya’s take here.

The Denver Post has more on the tribute to the troops event:

When the original event was canceled, John Andrews, an enterprising sort, immediately called Palin’s people to tell them that Palin was, in fact, always welcome in Colorado.

[…]

Andrews was trying to get Palin to attend his Western Conservative Summit event, which last year was best known for producing the Lone Tree Declaration.

[…]

This year, Andrews was hoping to bring in some presidential candidates, such as, maybe, Palin.

I remember that it was the day of the Super Bowl,” Andrews is telling me about the call. “They [the Palin camp] said to make it quick because they wanted to watch the game. When I asked about July, they said why not do it on May 2, which was still an open date on Palin’s calendar, and why not do it as a tribute to the military.”

[…]

Andrews says that Palin, known for her hefty speaking fees, is doing the event pro bono. And the affair will take place the same night as the first Republican primary debate at the Reagan Library in Santa Barbara

The NBC/POLITICO “debate” is a complete waste of time, and many of the “front runners” will be avoiding it like the plague! Sarah, once again, shows leadership and political savvy by steering clear of this disaster. [much like she did by skipping CPAC] You can bet that whatever happens at the “debate“, coverage of her event at the Colorado Christian University will overshadow it.

Plus … an organization that is helping the families of our brave men and women will get a much needed financial boost. And frankly, that is the most important thing about May 2, 2011, as far as all of this goes.

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