It has often been said that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin lives rent-free
in the heads of President Barack Obama and those of his top brass in the White
On Friday, this was evident when the Obama Administration,
which has even attempted to politicize the Trayvon Martin tragedy, accused her of politicizing a war in Afghanistan of
which she did not speak.
After getting a question about “some Republicans, including Senator [Jeff]
Sessions and Governor Palin,” questioning and criticizing President Obama’s
general leadership abilities in light of a host of recent incidents that reflect poorly
on him at a White House press briefing, Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said Palin had politicized the war in Afghanistan.
The reporter never said that either Palin or
Sessions specifically tied the photos of American soldiers posing with Taliban
corpses to Obama’s failed leadership, but that is what Carney wanted to hear, which set the tone for his answer.
Sessions and Palin did nothing of the sort. Sessions linked the Secret Service
scandal to other scandals like Solyndra and the GSA. Palin definitively did not say anything political about
the troops last night on FOX News’s “On the Record,” when she was forced to
comment about the fired Secret Service agent who in, 2008, while on Palin’s
detail, wrote on his Facebook page that he was “checking out” the former vice
In fact, the only mention Palin, who has a son serving in Afghanistan, made
of the troops in Afghanistan was when she said, “Thank God that we have the
United States military fighting for the defense of freedom.”
After saying the wife of a Secret Service agent who was fired for soliciting prostitutes in
Colombia should force him to sleep in the doghouse (and poking fun at Obama’s
admission that he had sampled dogs as a child in Indonesia), Palin
pivoted toward the many symptoms of Obama’s leadership deficit.
Palin said that it was “a symptom of government run amok” and listed the higher
unemployment and less energy security since Obama took office, and she noted
that “if the president isn't held accountable to make sure he's appointing the right
people in these positions to help run our government, then we're in a world of
hurt if we can't hold him accountable.”
Palin then mentioned that the top thing Obama is responsible for is the budget,
and the country has gone over three years without a budget.
This did not stop Carney from falsely accusing Palin of politicizing, out of all
things, the war in Afghanistan:
We've been at war in Afghanistan for 10 years. We were at war in Iraq for
nearly nine, I believe. Incidents that have been in great concern have happened
in those war zones on, unfortunately, numerous occasions over the number
of years that our forces have been at war there. The incident that you refer
to is terrible, it does not represent the standards of the U.S. military or the
conduct with which the overwhelming majority of Americans men and women in
Afghanistan and before that in Iraq conduct themselves.
Any assertion by those politicians you mentioned should be of the nature that you
mentioned should be valued at the cost that you pay for it. It is preposterous to
politicize the Secret Service, to politicize the behavior of -- the terrible conduct of
some soldiers in Afghanistan, in a war that's been going on for ten years.
When Carney was pressed by the reporter to comment on whether these
incidents reflect badly on Obama’s leadership, Carney again accused Palin of
politicizing the war in Afghanistan:
I think on the face of it is a ridiculous assertion that trivializes both the very
serious nature of the endeavor that our military is engaged in in Afghanistan and
the very serious nature both of the work the Secret Service does, the apolitical
nature of the institution, and the seriousness of the investigation underway with
regard to the Secret Service and the military and the incident in Colombia.
Carney obviously was ignorant of what Palin said the night before on FOX
News, but, instead of doing what a responsible press secretary would do and not
comment on things about which he knows nothing, Carney could not resist an
opportunity to tear down Palin.
And Carney has license to do so, because members of the mainstream media
either know too little to know that Carney was wrong, or are so biased against conservatives that they would rather sacrifice some of their journalistic principles so long
as the GOP is harmed.