Just back from visiting India and Israel, Sarah Palin brought her conservative message to a crowd of about 1,000 in Southwest Florida at the Naples Ritz-Carlton. The Fort Myers based News Press reports that her address "sounded a whole lot like a campaign speech for the 2012 presidential race":
“Tonight,” she said before delivering her speech at the Naples Distinguished Speakers Series Town Hall event, “I will call it like I see it. I will be blunt and candid.”The News-Press said that her audience Wednesday night was made to order for Gov. Palin, as Collier County is one of the most conservative areas in Florida. Her appearance was also covered by the Naples News here.
She didn't disappoint.
“The occupants of the White House do not have the concerns of Israel in their best interest,” Palin said 48 hours after having dinner with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister.
And then she got rolling around the globe ... Iran, Libya, Brazil, China.
Obama's recent trip to South America had her riled up over America's current energy policy.
“We have tens of billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in Alaska,” Palin said. “But the president goes to Brazil. It's gone from ‘Drill, Baby, Drill' to ‘Drill, Brazil, Drill.’”
Regarding Iran, she said the White House had a chance to make an impact there earlier this year during a student uprising, but passed.
She said the United States’ policy on Libya is inconsistent, and that she's concerned that China is building a vast arsenal of sophisticated submarines and aircraft.
Palin said the right foreign policy ought to be, “If you're in it, win it. If there's doubt, get out.”
Palin said the nation's debt of more than a trillion dollars is the country's biggest threat.
“The president's budget was a political document,” she said.
About a Democratic political slogan “Winning The Future,” Palin energized the crowd.
“That is too easy ... the acronym WTF,” she said, and the audience loved it.