Although her speech at Colorado Christian University to pay tribute to American troops had been scheduled for months, the timing couldn't have been any better for Sarah Palin. Only hours after news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and potential 2012 presidential challenger addressed a crowd of mostly veterans and military families to hail the killing of the once elusive terrorist leader.
Saying "We want to thank our president," and "Thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory," Gov. Palin credited both the current and former Commanders In Chief, but she saved most of her praise for the troops on the ground:
"Their courage and their determination brought us justice," Palin said of those who hunted the terrorist figurehead for nearly 10 years. "They know that freedom isn't free. It's a God-given right and worth fighting for."The former Alaska Governor wrapped up her address by citing the willingness of America's youth to become soldiers and lay their lives on the line to fight terrorism as proof that the nation has not lost its greatness:
The death of the man Palin called "the public face of Islamic terrorism" struck a recurring chord throughout "Tribute to the Troops," which had been in the works long before bin Laden's death.
Striking a more political note, Palin said American troops need clear leadership. She cited the Obama administration's policy in Libya as an example of "a lack of clarity."
"We can't fight every war," she said. "We can't undo every injustice in the world.
"We don't go looking for dragons to slay."
Palin also questioned whether Pakistan helped harbor bin Laden, noting he was living in "relative luxury" when he was killed.
"We are not a nation in decline," Palin said. "We will remain the world's abiding beacon of freedom."h/t: Vets4Sarah
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