Sarah Palin slammed Washington as a “hot mess” on Saturday and said the United States should not get involved in Syria as long as President Barack Obama was in office.
“Until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he is doing, let Allah sort it out!” the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate told the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington.
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Palin’s comments, which came on the last day of the three-day session, were reported by Politico
and The Hill
Her Syrian remarks represented a sharp departure from her 2008 running mate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, long a proponent of arming the Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad’s military.
The White House said this week that it had concluded that Assad had used sarin nerve gas and other chemical weapons against the rebels, crossing a “red line.” Obama has now decided to arm certain rebel groups and is considering a “no-fly” zone over the country.
“The problem is government has grown so big that it intrudes into every aspect of our lives,” Palin said, denouncing Democrats’ faith in large government. “It’s grown so arrogant that it thinks we work for it instead of it works for us.
“The problem is,” she continued, “that these politicos with the religious faith in the power of government and elitist disdain for the rights of people . . . the scandals infecting this city, they are a symptom of a bigger disease.”
Palin, who is returning to Fox News as a commentator, attacked the recent surveillance scandal at the National Security Agency by likening it to the Saturday Night Live “Really?!” segment.
“Our government’s spying on every single one of your phone calls but couldn’t find two pot-smoking deadbeat Bostonians with a hotline to terrorist central in Chechnya — really?”
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The former governor was referring to the two men connected to the April bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
Palin also told the crowd that she was encouraged by their presence, saying that the conference gave her “great hope” for the country.
“Not only do you value your freedom, but you are willing to fight for it,” she said. “We can’t count [on] our politicians in Washington D.C. to do this for us.”
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