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Palin: Obama could play 'war card' to win reelection

By John Amick and T. Rees Shapiro

Today on the Sunday talk shows:

FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Palin: Obama could play 'war card' to win reelection

Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin said it would be "absurd" to rule out a run for the 2012 presidential election.

"I won't close a door that could perhaps be open for me in the future," Palin said in the Fox News Sunday interview at the Tea Party convention in Nashville where she was the keynote speaker Saturday night. Palin is also a paid Fox News Channel contributor.

Palin said if President Obama continues on the path he's on today, "He's not going to win" as an incumbent candidate in 2012. Palin said Americans are becoming frustrated because he "expects us to sit down and shut up and accept" his policies. Asked specifically which policies, Palin said Obama has been condescending to the American people with his "general personality."

Palin suggested that if President Obama "played the war card" by declaring war on Iran in the next two years, the political landscape would change dramatically in his favor. "There wouldn't be as much passion to make sure that he doesn't serve another four years," Palin said.

She said her knowledge about foreign policy and domestic economic issues has significantly increased since she was a vice presidential candidate. "My focus has been enlarged," Palin said.

She said she admired the Tea Party efforts because they are seeking "common sense solutions" that will right the economy and put the country back on the track of fiscal responsibility.

When asked whether or not her political enemies had run her out of gubernatorial office in the middle of a lame-duck term, Palin responded "Hell, no." Palin said her popularity had been adversely affecting her administration's day-to-day duties, and resigned because she did not want political distractions such as lawsuits against her to harm Alaska's well-being.

On Sunday, Palin campaigned for Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.), who faces Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Tex.) in a primary next month.

CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Clinton: Al-Qaeda not stronger, but more creative

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that al-Qaeda may not be stronger as an organization than in years past, but the group is more creative and flexible in its actions. But Clinton also insisted she does not believe Americans should be deterred or fearful in their everyday lives following the failed Christmas day bombing attempt and a new tape from Osama bin Laden.

"I don't know if there are more of them. We have certainly degraded their capacity in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We know that," Clinton said about the strength of al-Qaeda, adding that areas such as Yemen and Somalia are new hot spots for fostering al-Qaeda agents.

While Clinton highlighted victories in fending off al-Qaeda in some areas, she maintained that the U.S. is not taking any possibility of potential plots lightly.

"It hasn't gone away," she said of threats from al-Qaeda. "We have contained it. We have worked very hard to do so. But over the last six months, we have seen attacks foiled, people arrested and charged. So that you have to be constantly vigilant. And that's what everybody working in this government at all levels attempts to do."

Clinton said Afghan President Hamid Karzai's administration is showing signs of competency, but that any government in a fledgling democracy like Afghanistan will struggle to stand on its own and requires a "balanced perspective" when judged.

"There are areas of very positive cooperation," Clinton said of the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship. "He [Karzai] may not have a full cabinet, but the cabinet members he has are people who many of us view as honest and effective, productive.

Clinton urged patience with the Karzai administration, which she said has received undue scrutiny from commentators, "not rooted in reality."

"We do business with leaders all the time, some of whom are great American allies, that have a lot of questions raised about them," Clinton said. "But we do an assessment, what is in the best interest of America? What is in our national security? What advances our interests and our values? What keeps Americans safe? And so, why should we take one leader out and put him apart from all the other leaders we deal with and raise all those doubts, instead of saying, look, we've got work to do and we're doing it."

Relations with North Korea and Iran are not where the U.S. would like them to be, Clinton said, though she thinks extending a hand to North Korea has worked since neighboring China has signed off on to support sanctions. With Iran, Clinton said she is confident that "slow and steady diplomacy" will convince other countries to agree to sanctions.

"I don't know what the outcome would have been if the Iranian government hadn't made the decision it made following the elections to become so repressive, but the fact is, because we engaged, the rest of the world has really begun to see Iran the way we see it," she said.

When asked how much the U.S. will stay involved in the running of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Clinton said the U.S. will continue to stay active in the reconstruction of the poverty-ridden nation, but she maintains that the Haitian government must take the lead.

"They have to be part of it because they have the legal authorities," she said. "Unless a government or a bunch of governments is going to occupy Haiti, which would have all kinds of very unfortunate implications, we have to help support the Haitian people and their government."

ABC: THIS WEEK - Geithner: U.S. won't lose credit rating

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner insisted Sunday that the U.S. is not in danger of losing its strong credit rating despite a ballooning budget deficit and a new debt ceiling of $14 trillion recently implemented by Congress.

"Absolutely not, and that will never happen to this country," Geithner said. "And, again, if you step back and look at what's happened throughout this crisis, when people were most worried about the stability of the world, they still found safety in Treasuries and the dollar."

Geithner points to actions the administration took in the past year as proof that the economy is growing again and that jobs will begin to surface this spring.

"We're seeing some encouraging signs of healing," he said. "This is going to take a while, and it's going to be uneven. But there's encouraging signs in this report. The unemployment came down modestly and created jobs back in November."

In the face of the administration's own projections for a continued jobless rate of 10 percent this year, more than 9 percent next year and more than 8 percent the following year, Geithner acknowledged that more work is needed.

In response to critics of the stimulus program and other actions by the administration, he pointed to the progress of the past year.
"Just think where we were. January of 2009, three- quarters of a million Americans losing their jobs. We have an economy now that's growing again. With growth, you're going to see jobs created," Geithner said.

Geithner said President Obama's cap on non-security disretionary spending in the 2011 budget exemplifies an important step.
"You're seeing, again, across the political spectrum now a basic recognition that deficits matter, very good for people to understand, again, that deficits matter, that tax cuts aren't free, got to pay for our programs," he said. "And we've proposed in the budget some important steps to restore some basic fairness to our tax code and begin the process of bringing down those deficits."

Dealing with the grave state of the American economy during the Obama administration's tenure was difficult to handle, Geithner said, and the duties of his team in restoring the economy were "a little bit like the people that go and try to diffuse bombs." He said that he is proud of that work.

"Let me just say that I feel very proud for the actions we took to help to stem the damage caused by this crisis," he said. "And I feel it's a great privilege to have been able to work with this president to move so quickly and effectively to -- again, to bring an economy that was in freefall, a financial system at the edge of collapse, and to begin the process of healing."

NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Brennan: Stop politcal games

White House terrorism adviser John O. Brennan said GOP LEADERS HE CALLED immediately following the arrest of alleged Christmas day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab did not object when he informed that of the government's plans to interrogate and charge the suspect. Brennan said those he called, including Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), were thankful for the update.

Since the decision was made to charge Abdulmutallab in civilian courts, Brennan said he has been disappointed by those same GOP leaders who have used the Christmas day bomber as a political football. Brennan said members of anti-terrorism units around the country are discouraged by politicians who claim the trained professionals do not know what they are doing.

Brennan also said there is no known threat against tonight's Super Bowl.

Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan said the recession is over and that the economy is "clearly recovering." Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said unfortunately the economy is not moving forward in "any aggressive manner."

Greenspan said in order for the economy to bounce back more steadily President Obama should enact a tax cut on small businesses, because that's a sector of the economy where job growth could occur the fastest. He also said the employment rate will be buoyed by an increase in temporary jobs for the 2010 census, but that the overall percentage will hover around 9 to 10 percent for foreseeable future.

Speaking on the deficit, Paulson said the $1.7 trillion debt was the worst fiscal situation our country has faced for some time. In order to take a significant bite out of the deficit over the next 10 years, Greenspan said the government would have to pare benefits, including Social Security, and increase taxes. This should be done, Greenspan said, because the world's biggest borrower cannot sustain itself as the world's greatest power indefinitely.

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Comments

Sarah Palin might do well by spending some time reading the Constitution of the United States:

"The Congress shall have power...to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water."

Thus, according to article 1, section 8 of the Constitution, a President does not have the power to declare war. Most students of high school civics know this.

Posted by: terryballard | February 9, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

The lack of an easy target has the DNC, the Media(Ivy School)Elite upset.
The pit bulls are lazy, they also realize that anyone they hate is worth a second look.

Posted by: RayOne | February 8, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

It's too funny. In the late summer of 2008 when candidate John McCain announced his curious choice of a running mate, I immediately ran to the computer to do a google-search of the name, "Sarah Palin". I knew next-to-nothing about the woman other than the fact that she was the governor of Alaska. The first thing in her paper-thin biography that stood out for me was the date of her birth: February 11, 1964. I remember that day - distinctly! That was the day my beloved grandma, Loretta Doran Clements, died in South Bend, Indiana at the age of sixty-eight.

But other than that interesting coincidence there was not a heck of a lot in her biography that really stood out. Truth be told, I was more than a little puzzled as to why the GOP would think her an asset to the ticket. The moment she opened her mouth at her first campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio, I could only think of one thing:

Sally Field as "Gidget".

When someone like Sarah Palin can make it as far as she has, it can mean only one thing and it's not a particularly good sign: we are living in a culture that has been custom-tailored for idiots. When a person who can barely put two coherent sentences together without the aid of a teleprompter becomes one of the best-selling non-fiction authors of the decade, that's usually a pretty good indicator that society is spiraling downward at a fairly decent clip. Fasten your seat belts, kiddies!

I had always believed that Monty Python alumni Michael Palin was the funniest person in the world to bear that name. In fact it should be stated for the record that the two Palins are equally funny. The only difference is that Michael works very hard at it. Sarah's funniness, on the other hand, is purely accidental. The woman is a scream; the Buster Keaton of unintentional comedy.

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | February 8, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

The GOP deserve Palin, and if enough goobers think nothing of her astounding lack of general knowledge, then they deserve her too.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | February 8, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

The woman has a strange religion. She feels chosen by God to play some important role somewhere, and is willing to make any charge against others, no matter how outrageous, if she seems some advantage to herself in doing so.

I don't know how she can be called "Christian" given her defective understanding of several crucial sayings of that religion's founder, like "before you set out to remove the speck in someone's eye, get the log out of your own", or "take up your cross and follow me."

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 7, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin, Beck Limbaugh, Orielly, Demint, McConnell, Canter, etc. etc. are just more examples of what utter complete lunatics Republicans have been and are. To be exact 1% of Republicans are very very smart, it is just that with their near total control of US Media (Lies) they have brain washed the true lunatics (uneducated white trash, etc.) to create the party that can be in 1 word only described as the Republican lunatics

You can read full facts about Republicans being lunatics, in fact worst than lunatics here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 7, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"Palin said Obama has been condescending to the American people with his 'general personality.'"

Since Ms. Palin is so patriotic, she must know American history well enough to recognize that she was using code for "the color of his skin."

Or is just that she's still averse to those born in Hawaii?

Posted by: rogied25 | February 7, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Right want to give a common criminal the status of "soldier" by trying him in a military court?

Posted by: BuddyK | February 7, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

If you wanted to explain to a bright 4'th grader what the word "demagogue" means, you could do a lot worse than point to a picture of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 7, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

How embarrassing it must be for mainstream Republicans to have this opportunistic moron steal their spotlight. Palin and the ignorant zealots like her (Beck, et. al.) are the greatest danger facing our democracy. These people are nothing but anti-intellectual, egotistical carpetbaggers. It's sad that even a few (and dwindling rapidly) have been suckered by her self-serving snakeoil.

Posted by: Richard18 | February 7, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"War card"???

That's a republican game, sweetie.

You're attractive to a fringe element, and that's about it, Palin.

Posted by: binkynh | February 7, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin said Americans are becoming frustrated because he "expects us to sit down and shut up and accept.
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The GOP has been doing that for years.

Posted by: jjgrah | February 7, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

At what point are we to say that the Republicans are aiding the terrorists in their drive to undermine the President? I remember when Bush was President, any criticism of him was called giving comfort to the enemy. Now to see how Palin and the Republicans are acting with no push back is shameless.

Posted by: ATLGuy | February 7, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

who did she get that start a war with Iran schtick from Liz Cheney? Just what we need a 3rd war but then Sarah did explain her foreign policy last night "we win, they lose" how did that last "bumper sticker President work out anyway? Remember the puppet the Cheney used to run the US for the first 4 years W? Do we need or want a female W to replace President Obama with, we now know that the "first dude" was dealing with Judicial appointments, and BP contracts and other Alaskan business as the first spouse I wonder what he would do in the Oval Office all day? Do we really want to find out? I Don't NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by: mikey30919 | February 7, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

When is this loser Palin going to drop out of the limelight. Only FOOLS like that loser.

Posted by: Classic60 | February 7, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

When is this loser Palin going to drop out of the limelight. Only FOOLS like that loser.

Posted by: Classic60 | February 7, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"Ask the many Americans that do bring electronics (computers and what-nots) from overseas, only to have it "scanned" by Immigration and Customs, sans warrant.

You have no "Constitutional Rights," until you clear Immigration and Customs."

Good grief, do you have any idea what you're talking about or do you just spew whatever talking point du jour the right wing hands out? So now the entire Constitution has been rewritten on your say-so?

Posted by: simpleton1 | February 7, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Please, no, not Palin, not teabaggers. I will do anything in my power to make sure our country is never put in the hands of these people. It would be the end. Go, Obama!

Posted by: dudh | February 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

With respect to Dir. Brennan's comments, he is in the driver's seat and provided an "update" and did not solicit direction from Sen.'s McConnell, Kit Bond, Rep. Boehner or any other "GOP Leader." As the director of his agency, he is responsible and supposed to take the lead, unless he receives a direct order from King Obummer, to the contrary.

He took the lead, based upon direction of the current "administration." Keeping the "GOP Leaders" informed is laudible, but they aren't his boss and they aren't in his chain-of-command or "food-chain."

Fact-check: Unless the Fruit-of-Kaboom Bomber clears Immigration and Customs, he hasn't entered the US. He should be tried, by a military court- see Ex Parte Quirin.

Ask the many Americans that do bring electronics (computers and what-nots) from overseas, only to have it "scanned" by Immigration and Customs, sans warrant.

You have no "Constitutional Rights," until you clear Immigration and Customs.

The same is true here. I do not hold the Director responsible, just and screw-up from King Obummer and his merry crew of thieves.

Speking of which, how about trucking all of those po' people / welfare rats from Detroit and Chicago down to the DC Metro Area? We have plenty of "shovel-ready" jobs that they can be doing, instead fo drawing unemployment or worse, WELFARE!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 7, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy do I ever hope she runs for President in 2012. What fun we will have! Those rich over 50year olds will be champing at the bit trying to cover for her lack of education in foreign affairs, as well as domestic issues that face the ENTIRE USA. She loves to say that she'd have a better way, but WHAT IS IT? Tell me, PLEASE. Give conceret suggestions on haw to govern.

Posted by: phylb123 | February 7, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I read today where Obama is fuming because Republicans are criticizing his efforts in the war on terror. Mr. President, No one is criticizing your efforts, least of all those Republicans who got us into it. They have nothing over you. We the people, however, would still like for you to bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Those two bogus wars are costing us way too much.

I read yesterday that you are about to ask Congress for another $320 billion in funding to pay for both wars for the next two years. That's $13 billion per month! Dude, you better get your priorities straight! Now! Today! The snow that just got dumped on Washington DC doesn't even cost what you spend on our military presence in Iraq for one hour! What's going on in your head?!

You're the president of the United States of America, not president of the world! What about US?! We've got unemployed Americans whose unemployment benefits are running out! Don't the people who voted for you count for anything anymore?! Hello?!

What do I have to do to get his attention, walk naked in front of the teleprompter?

Posted by: heatherczerniak | February 7, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Sarah. The Bush/Cheney regime claims ownership of that tactic.

Interesting that she believes that a declaration of war -- which only the Congress can invoke -- is a legitimate presidential act to garner public support in an election year.
A true Machiavellian that would make Cheney proud.

Posted by: labman57 | February 7, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I get why everyone is talking about Sarah, she made sure her packaging was just right for her audience, [big hair short skirt and no content], but, why is every one not up in arms about Tom Tancredo? His words are disastrous for any group affiliated with him. There once was a man who had it in for a group of fellow citizens, and before he became all powerful, he used derision and malicious remarks against these people. No on paid much attention to him at first, but he exacted his revenge on millions before he was done. You may remember him, Adolph Hitler. Tom Tancredo is just as dangerous today. And Sarah Palin followed him.

Posted by: mombo44200 | February 7, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin has lost her touch with reality in pursuit of money and fame. She also lost her road to deffinite success, because she is inconsistent. With these two failures she has one success, and that is her book deal, but yet she quit her governers seat. In this time when millions of Americans are loosing their jobs and looking to do anything, Mrs. Palin actualy quits her job on her own. Recession must not bothering her which means, she has no idea what people of this country need and want, but she will talk to them, because it is fame and money. Palin doesn't represent me or any of people that I know, nor she can help us.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 7, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is just totally bankrupt intellectually, if this woman is their spokesperson.

"She said her knowledge about foreign policy and domestic economic issues has significantly increased since she was a vice presidential candidate. "My focus has been enlarged," Palin said."

As if to demonstrate her newfound foreign policy gravitas, Palin then asked the astonished newspeople if they wanted to hear her recite the names of all the continents, starting with South Africa.

Posted by: B2O2 | February 7, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse


Brenann, characteristically, does not get it, nor did Gregory. The real question is what was the cost of the Christmas bomber’s not talking during the weeks between his Mirandazation and his second round of “talking”? The real question is not what was done during the Bush years but what would have been the smart thing to do last Christmas.

Posted by: gmdim | February 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Lets face this absolute FACT: Palin is yet another example as to what utter complete lunatics Republicans have been and are.

To be exact 1% of Republicans are very very smart, it is just that with their near total control of US Media (Lies) they have brain washed the true lunatics (uneducated white trash, etc.) to create the party that can be in 1 word only described as the Republican lunatics

You can read full facts about Republicans being lunatics, in fact worst than lunatics here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 7, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This TEA PARTY has no one single influental person to do anything or have any impact on any government. It is all some loosers that got knocked down for the one reson;
UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING!!!!

As far I can see, TEA PARTY is getting ready to give a hard time to democratic party and trying to deceive us to vote for somebody who call themselves republican.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 7, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I really wish the WaPo would quite giving so much coverage to Palin. She is an intellectual dwarf for crumb sake. Leave her alone and she will go away...

Posted by: RogerNoVa | February 7, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mrs. Palin´s general personality bothers me and I find her excruciatingly condescending because she says the same trite, well worn phrases repeatedly and expects us to shut up, accept, and not question her. She may have learned some things since November (she did have a lot to learn) but her overall understanding of the world and its complexities is still at an elementary level. People keep saying they want to see Obama´s academic record. I´d like to see her university records.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | February 7, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"Asked specifically which policies, Palin said Obama has been condescending to the American people with his "general personality.""

Why is anyone expecting specifics from that airhead?

"Palin suggested that if President Obama "played the war card" by declaring war on Iran in the next two years, the political landscape would change dramatically in his favor."

Right Sarah, and I suppose you want us to borrow from China to finance a war with Iran?

All that is missing from that ignorant tart is a small rectangular moustache.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

RM, Does it bother when all the Obama appointees were found to owe some taxes or for that matter Charlie Rangel? I'm guessing not.

The rest of your nonsense would suggest you should watch something other than MSNBC to get your news. Todd and Sarah own a commercial fishing business which means she knows what it means to have to make payroll. Something Obama has never ever done.

Here is a highlight real of the speech.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0VwFPAqe_g
It contains a link to the full presentation.

Park, most Americans are so afraid of being labeled a racist they start their complaints about Obama off with a compliment. Even Billy O on Fox starts every comment off with Obama is a smart guy.

Posted by: markgillar | February 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Clinton said Afghan President Hamid Karzai's administration is showing signs of competency. It is unfortunate that the Obama Administration is not showing similar signs.

The teabaggers are in favor of fighting in Afghanistan and so is Obama. Our presence in Afghanistan does not serve our best interests and is a bottomless money pit.

Posted by: alance | February 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Teabaggers are mostly White and over 50 ...

Who are non-college whites, Lost & Resentful in Multicultural 21st Century America ...

Preferring someone like Eisenhower or Reagan to Return to white-controlled traditional values American authoritarian society.

They are Anti-Democratic relics of bygone times. Perhaps they should Wear Brown shirts... and more clearly reveal their neo-fascist beliefs?

So, What's Palin's biggest Problem?
Palins Did Not Pay property taxes on two cabins in Alaska?

And Todd's Sister sentenced to 15 months in Jail for robbing Wasila homes for Drug Habit?

And "First Dude" a member of Alaska Separation from United States Party, a self-employed "professionsl snomobiler" Who emails show, Actually Ran Governors Office For Ditsy Sarah?

What A Joke!

Posted by: rmcnicoll | February 7, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Palin's contention that Obama's "general personality" is his biggest problem seems odd when most Americans still like him personally but are skeptical of his agenda.

Even most GOPers attack Obama as a "nice guy" but whose policies are off track. Palin clearly has no clue what she is talking about.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

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