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Archive for May 3rd, 2011

SarahPAC Releases Troop Tribute Transcript

Posted by Ron Devito on May 3, 2011

Governor Palin’s Speech to Military Families – May 2, 2011 retrieved from PalinTV.

Retrieved from and Courtesy of SarahPAC:

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. We will post the video of the speech as soon as it’s available.

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 had 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.”

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SarahPAC Hires New Foreign Policy Adviser

Posted by Ron Devito on May 3, 2011

SarahWaveReaganSaluteSarahPAC has replaced Neo-Conservatives Randy Scheunemann and Michael Goldfarb of Orion Strategies with Peter Schweitzer, Conservatives4Palin and ABC News today reported. Scheunemann had been with Governor Palin since the McCain-Palin campaign of 2008. Both Schuenemann and Goldfarb said they left SarahPAC on good terms, and SarahPAC Treasurer Tim Crawford corroborated their account.

Scheunemann and Goldfarb advocated an internationalist policy, eager to use force. Schweitzer, a Hoover Fellow is a Reagan Conservative and believes force should only be used when there is a clear and present danger to our interests.

In her speech delivered at Colorado Christian University last night, Gov. Palin outlined her five-point military doctrine:

  1. First, we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

H/T Whitney Pitcher, Conservatives4Palin for Adviser story lead; Sheya, Conservatives4Palin for Five-Point Military Doctrine.

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Gov. Palin Honors Troops at Denver Rally, Fund-Raiser

Posted by Ron Devito on May 3, 2011

Raises $40,000 for survivors of fallen soldiers.

Governor Palin last night honored our troops at a Colorado Christian University rally and fund-raiser, in which $40,000 was raised for survivors of fallen soldiers. In her speech, Gov. Palin thanked Presidents Obama and Bush for the death of Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, the USS Cole Bombing, the Khobar Towers bombing and numerous other atrocities.

“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 and we thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory,” she said. “Those who would kill in the name of religion must be sought…We are still at war with the brutal enemy that hates America and our allies and all that we stand for.”

An overflow crowd of 1200 attended the fundraiser for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), according to ABC News.

Sarah Palin pamphlets sit on rows of chairs before she delivered a speech at Colorado Christian University on Monday, May 2, 2011. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Sarah Palin waves to the crowd during a speech at Colorado Christian University on Monday, May 2, 2011. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Sarah Palin addresses the crowd during a speech at Colorado Christian University on Monday, May 2, 2011. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Palin Thanks former President Bush for Bin Laden’s Death retrieved from Fox 31, KDVR, Denver

Governor Palin’s Tribute to the Troops at Colorado Christian University – May 2 2011 retrieved from PalinTV.

H/T Josh Painter, Texas for Sarah Palin for story lead.

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