Diary

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Against Missile Defense Cuts

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on April 9, 2009 “urged the Secretary of Defense not to reduce the Missile Defense Agency’s budget. In a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Governor Palin outlined her concerns about the proposed $1.4 billion in budget cuts to the agency” (Missile Defense, 2009, ¶1).

“Your announcement of a proposed $1.4 billion reduction of the Missile Defense Agency’s budget is not the best decision for today’s threat environment. Alaska is committed to supporting continued missile defense implementation at Fort Greely and the development of future technology through our Kodiak Launch Complex, which has access to the Gulf of Alaska Maritime Exercise Area. This unique training space offers a safe and secure location to further develop and test future missile intercept technologies in conjunction with the latest sea-based and land-based radar (Missile Defense, 2009, ¶2).

“I am deeply concerned with North Korea’s development and testing program. It has the clear potential of impacting Alaska, Hawaii, and possibly the West Coast, with a nuclear-armed warhead. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we continue to develop and perfect our global missile defense shield” (Missile Defense, 2009, ¶3)

But these two paragraphs from the Governor’s letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, also contain salient points:

“With the strategic location of Alaska in the Pacific Theater, I believe we have the capability, the man power, and the willingness to protect the sovereignty of the United States and can continue to improve the global missile defense shield. Fort Greely’s isolated location in Alaska allows for maximum security and development of the
country’s premier ground-based midcourse missile defense complex” (Gates Letter, 2009, p. 1)

“Alaska’s strategic location and the system currently in place have proven invaluable in defending this great nation. Any cuts to the sole missile defense system for the United States [have] the potential of sending the wrong message to our adversaries with the unintended consequence of placing our nation at increased risk of offensive
missile threats in the future” (Gates Letter, 2009, p. 2).

Commentary

On Monday, April 6, Governor Palin expressed her concerns about missile defense following a test missile launch by North Korea. Once again, readers should remember that the United States and North Korea are still technically at war. Though it is not at this point a shooting war, no armistice or peace treaty was ever signed by the two nations. For anyone who reads a blog highlighting Governor Palin’s accomplishments, belaboring the type of nation North Korea is; who its leader and what his mental state is; and the ICBM threat that country poses to global security is — or should be — preaching to the choir.

In essence, this is a painfully simple matter: the breadth and depth of Governor Palin’s foreign policy knowledge and experience speaks for itself. In her release and in her letter, she has illuminated her keen understanding of subject matter. She is ready to ascend to a far higher level. Governor Palin is fit and ready to stand guard over this collective house we call the United States of America (I don’t call her “a living, breathing, human guardian angel” for nothing). In stark contrast, Obama’s complete and utter lack of foreign policy knowledge and experience — and his disdain for our own national security speaks volumes for itself. He is grossly unfit for the job he holds and an absolute disgrace. Enough said.

References

Governor Palin argues against cuts to missile defense budget. (2009, April 9). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved April 9, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1745

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, April 8). Letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates regarding missile defense budget cuts. State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved April 9, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/pdf/Letter-MissileDefense_Apr08-2009.pdf