Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin did not back down from her remarks at the NRA Convention this weekend, when she said she would have no problem waterboarding terrorists.
“Actions to stop terrorists who’d utterly annihilate America and delight in massacring our innocent children? Darn right I’d do whatever it takes to foil their murderous jihadist plots – including waterboarding,” she said on Monday.
On Saturday in Indianapolis, Palin said that if she were in charge, “waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists,”
Whatever one thinks of my one-liner at the NRA rally about treating evil terrorists the way they deserve to be treated to prevent the death of innocent people, it’s utterly absurd for MSNBC to suggest that I could put our beloved troops in harm’s way, but we’ve come to expect the absurd from that failing network.
Palin said this in a Facebook statement that included a photo of caskets of soldiers that were draped with American flags, with the caption: “For those who will never feel their homeland beneath their feet again. We salute you. God bless you.”
If you want to talk about what really harms our troops, let’s talk about politicians who gut our military’s budgets, or a president whose skewed budgetary priorities slash military benefits, or an administration that puts our vets on endless waiting lists for care that comes too late to help those who’ve paid the price for our freedom, or those who break bread with those who think it makes no difference how our military heroes died in Benghazi or anywhere else trying to protect America.
Palin also said, “Those actions are a heck of a lot more harmful than declaring an appropriate message our enemies should receive.”
“If some overly sensitive wusses took offense, remember the First Amendment doesn’t give you a right not to be offended,” she added. “Perhaps hypocritical folks who only want freedom of speech to apply to those who agree with their liberal agenda might want to consider that the evil terrorists who were the brunt of my one-liner would be the first to strip away ALL our rights if given the chance.”
Palin said that is “why we do whatever we can to prevent them from killing innocent people.”
“And for that, we should NEVER apologize,” she concluded.