Sarah Palin is accusing President Barack Obama of surrendering to Islamic extremists by airing a message in Pakistan denouncing the U.S.-made Internet video denigrating the Prophet Mohammed that set off anti-American protests last week throughout the Middle East.
"If our fearless leaders insist on waving the white flag like this, they may need to bring our troops home from the Middle East," Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday night. "No more blood, no more U.S. treasure spent, not one drop."
The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential was reacting to State Department-initiated ad that was put together by U.S. embassy officials in Islamabad in an effort to diffuse some of the most violent anti-American protests yet against the video.
The ad, airing on Pakistani television at a cost of $70,000, shows Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disavowing the message of the video and stressing that the United States government and the American people had nothing to do with its release.
Palin, however, called the ad just another stage of Obama's "apology tour" as he campaigns for re-election, saying it amounts to a denunciation of the first amendment right to freedom of speech.
"Our commander-in-chief is contradicting what we believe our troop's mission is, and that is to protect freedom," said Palin, who also raised objections to taxpayer money being spent to air the Obama-Clinton message.
Palin called the administration's effort, which the State Department said was aimed at trying to calm the situation in Pakistan and elsewhere in the region, "the antithesis of [former President Ronald] Reagan's peace through strength" policy.
"I believe that other countries are looking at America today as [a] paper tiger, that we are not going to follow-through on threats or sanctions, or those things that we need to do in order to . . . help create a safer, more peaceful world," she said, labeling Obama "a politician" who is "succeeding in weakening America."
"We need to be protecting all those things that we have believed that our troops are in war zones for. Otherwise, we are wasting U.S. blood and treasure, and I say no more," Palin added.
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