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Palin Pulls Romneyesque Flip-Flop On Foreign Policy

The fact that Sarah Palin has no mind of her own was made evident once again this week. Ever since the late summer of 2008 when she was unwisely chosen by John McCain as his vice presidential running-mate, Palin has been a nation-building war-hawk who favored an ever-growing US military budget and worldwide footprint.

In June of 2008 while discussing the war in Iraq she said,

“Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending 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.”

Later in 2009 Sarah Palin had this to say about Afghanistan:

“McChrystal gave the president the advice and said, ‘We need essentially a surge strategy in Afghanistan, so that we can win in Afghanistan. And that means more resources, more troops there.’ It frustrates me and frightens me — and many Americans — that President Obama is dithering around with the decision in Afghanistan.”

Finally, as recently as February 2011, the former ex-quitting half-term Governor of Alaska said this about Libya,

“We should have no illusions. Gaddafi is a brutal killer and Libya – not to mention the world – would be better off if he were out of power. Now is the time to speak out. Speak out for the long-suffering Libyan people. Speak out for the victims of Gaddafi’s terror. NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people. We should not be afraid of freedom, especially when it comes to people suffering under a brutal enemy of America. Here’s to freedom from Gaddafi for the people of Libya.”

That was then, however. Sarah Palin has now morphed into an isolationist who disfavors nation-building and an expansive US military. At a poorly attended speaking engagement at Colorado Christian University last Monday, Palin unveiled her foreign policy flip-flop. reports that,

” First, Palin said, ‘we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.’ That point led to her second, dismissing nation-building as a ‘nice idea in theory,’ but not the ‘main purpose’ guiding American foreign policy.

Palin continued down that track by insisting that a president must be able to articulate ‘clearly defined objectives’ before foreign interventions – a standard she has recently said Obama failed to live up to in Libya. As her fourth point, Palin declared that ‘American soldiers must never be put under foreign command.’Palin’s concluding statement deviated somewhat from ideology she had been espousing, as she stated that while ‘sending our armed forces should be our last resort… we will encourage the forces of freedom in the world.’ That last point is somewhat consistent with the non-interventionist ideology Palin has been growing fond of in recent weeks – but also provides her a clever escape clause from her stated theory that has allowed her to criticize Obama for, as she has said, acting too slowly in Libya.

‘We can’t fight every war, we can’t undo every injustice in the world,’ Palin said. Sunday’s attack on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan was ‘an effective use of force,’ Palin said, unlike the ‘ill-defined’ mission in Libya.”

So let’s get this straight. Sarah Palin is now against the NATO no fly zone that she was in favor of just last February. She is also now against the nation building that she once claimed was “God’s plan”. This change of heart is very reminiscent of Palin’s favoring that famous “bridge to nowhere” before she was later against it. It is also akin to Mitt Romney’s flip-flops on such heartfelt issues as women’s choice, gun rights and universal health care. What could have triggered Palin’s reversal?

Actually, it is quite understandable. You see, Palin’s longtime hawkish neo-conservative foreign relations consulting firm Orion Strategies has cut its ties with her. “The personnel shift carries an ideological charge,” wrote Politico’s Ben Smith. [Scheunemann and Goldfarb of Orion Strategies] crafted for Palin a policy platform and voice reflecting an eagerness to use American force. adds, that Orion had been spoonfeeding “Palin’s mostly neoconservative stance on a range of foreign policy issues, including her opposition to New START, support for robust defense budgets, criticism of Obama’s handling of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and backing for the surge in Afghanistan.

In contrast, Palin’s new foreign policy consultant, Peter Schweizer, a Hoover Institution fellow who blogs for (moonbat-crazy) Andrew Breitbart’s website Big Peace, has a more libertarian and Tea Party-friendly isolationist approach to foreign policy. reports that “Schweizer has articulated a more skeptical view of the use of American force and promotion of democracy abroad.” Inasmuch as Sarah Palin has no independent thoughts of her own regarding either domestic or foreign policy, she happily took on the mindset of her newest psuedo-thinker. Consistency be damned!

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Wonderful World (Don’t Know Much) link:


(sung to the Sam Cooke song “Wonderful World”)

Don’t know much about geography
Don’t know much ecology
Don’t know much about that climate change
Don’t know why voters think I am strange

But I do know I love my shoes
And I really love my beehive ‘do
What a right wing world this should be

Don’t have much of an education
I know a lot about procreation
Opposition should have no voice
Pregnant women should have no choice

Yes, I do practice “politics of hate”
And I love to equivocate
What a right wing world this should be

Now I don’t claim that I can see Russia
From my living room bay
And I do not star on “Thirty Rock”, baby
That’s the talented Tina Fey

Don’t know much about interviews
Don’t know many Supreme Court views
Can’t name any books that I’ve read
Sure glad Bristol and Levi aren’t wed

But I do know my time is due
And I’ll be there in 2-0-1-2
What a right wing world this will be

And I do know you’ll love Sarah P.
We’ll be a nation of Scientology
What a right wing world this will be