Sarah Palin accused President Barack Obama Thursday of pursuing a "a policy of appeasement" in the Middle East and described the American-made film denigrating the Prophet Mohammed that ignited the violent attacks on U.S embassies as a "red herring" and "phantom video" the administration is using to hide its policy failures.
"This film, as you mentioned in your intro there, that is a red herring," Palin told Fox News's Sean Hannity Thursday. "And the media is going along with the Obama administration, pretending like this is a protest against some phantom video on YouTube. No. It's because the Obama administration dropped the ball.
"And they have not taken head-on this war on terror, and they have adopted a foreign policy of appeasement where our enemies no longer fear us and our friends can no longer trust us," she added."
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The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee offered no specific advice on how to immediately deal with the continuing anti-American protests. But she said, "I sure wish that reporters would ask our president, 'How much longer can we afford to spill our blood and treasure trying to, quote/unquote, 'promote democracy' in places that do not have any values for a civilized society?'"
Palin, now a Fox News contributor, said Obama "has been so absolutely naive in his foreign policy" that it has put the United States "in a much weaker position than we were four years ago" when he took office. Instead of showing strength, she said the president has instead offered "a big group hug from America" to countries and radical groups in the Middle East that "would seek America's harm."
She also criticized the administration for not providing adequate defenses for U.S. diplomatic personnel. Referring to a report in a British newspaper that the administration may have had a two-day advance warning of possible assaults on embassies, Palin said, "This is what I mean by the Obama administration dropping the ball ."
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