Thursday at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave a rousing speech in support of the U.S. military
Transcript as follows:
“A very unpleasant question, one that every gold star mom and every veteran will live with forever, did we actually win in Iraq and Afghanistan before we waved that white flag? The jury is still out. But when evil, Islamic terrorists are on the march, screaming Allahu akbar from Syria, from Iraq to the streets of Paris, it doesn’t look like victory. The Middle East is a tinder box and coming apart at the seams. It takes back land that we just spilled our blood to secure, with their ultimate goal of a caliphate that extends from Baghdad to Damascus to Jerusalem itself.
Only in Egypt is jihad in retreat, and that’s no thanks to the Obama administration. Remember, they supported the Muslim Brotherhood, which was finally toppled by the people in one of the largest popular revolts in history. Now, in ’09 when Obama took over the war on terror, Islamists were in retreat and al Qaeda was a broken force. Now Islamists, they control more territory than ever. It’s where they train and launch more attacks on us and our allies and that was predictable.
Military brass warned, warned the left, do not pull out without allowing a residual force to remain to keep a lid on it and to retain the ground that the good guys just gained. Friends, the rise of ISIS is the direct result of this administration’s refusal to heed that warning.
And now everywhere you look, well, Islamists are on the march, from Boko Haram selling school girls and slaves, and ISIS crucifying, burning the innocent alive in cages the innocent and beheading children, babies. Aside from God Almighty, what is the only force strong enough to keep this barbaric rolling tide at bay, the only thing standing between us and savages? It’s the red, white and blue, which is the United States military!
We are in a long term civilizational struggle against the forces of evil. If we intend to beat them, we better get serious about victory. The consequences of weakness, it’s retreat and defeat. In the past, our leaders confronted evil with moral clarity, eliminating fascists and the Nazis. They consigned communism to the death bed of history. Make no mistake, radical Islam is just as dangerous as those ideologies, and Islamists now swear they will bring the fight our shores. Islam threatens to raise the black flag over our White House. They told President Obama—we’ll cut off your head in the White House. But our lead from behind president thinks we can co-exist with these genocidal thugs. He thinks the Islamic state isn’t Islamic. Pretending it’s not there doesn’t make it go away. Calling it something else won’t make it so. And lecturing Christians to get off our high horse about radical Islam won’t stop the Islamists from killing Christians.
Stop blaming the victim and wake up, Mr. President. While Christians bow our heads to pray for you, radical Islamists want to cut off your head. The world that they want is a world that would submit. We will never submit to evil. We will continue to assign radical Islam to the ash heap of history, just like the Nazis before them.
Oh, the naive Obama State Department, oh, they say we can’t kill our way out of war. Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh, wait you can’t because they’re dead, killed them. History proves the destruction of an enemy’s military apparatus, that leads to victory and from victory to peace. So we will not tolerate politicians who squander the precious lives of our sons and our daughters on the battlefield. And then when they come home, politicians callously refusing to respect and repay them. Our vets deserve better and we demand better because, friends, if you look for the virtues that sets our nation apart from the enemy, you’ll find them in those who wear the uniform, who take the oath, who pay the price for our freedom. The jihadists fight out of hatred. Hatred of Jews and Christians and women and diversity and freedom. Our troops, they fight out of love. Love of family and country and freedom. And if you love freedom, thank a vet.”
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