In Colorado on Tuesday, Sarah Palin laid out principles of what may eventually turn into a Palin foreign policy doctrine.
In a speech that honored military families whose children made the ultimate sacrifice, Palin said that “we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.”
Then, Palin said that if America commits troops and “if we have to fight, we fight to win. To do that, we use overwhelming force. We only send our troops into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible. We do not stretch out our military with open-ended and ill-defined missions. Nation building is a nice idea in theory, but it is not the main purpose of our armed forces. We use our military to win wars.”
Echoing the famous Powell Doctrine, Palin then said that “we must have clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm’s way. If you can’t explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle.”
Palin then said that “American soldiers must never be put under foreign command. We will fight side by side with our allies, but American soldiers must remain under the care and the command of American officers.”
Palin also said America should never be in a rush to send in troops, a view perhaps influenced by her eldest son Track, who served in the military: “sending in our armed forces should be the last resort. We don’t go looking for dragons to slay. However, we will encourage the forces of freedom around the world who are sincerely fighting for the empowerment of the individual. When it makes sense, when it’s appropriate, we will provide them with material support to help them win their own freedom.”
Palin then walked a fine line between supporting human rights but not being the world’s police or 9/11 call by stating, “we are not indifferent to the cause of human rights or the desire for freedom. We are always on the side of both. But we can’t fight every war. We can’t undo every injustice around the world.”
Palin also thanked President Obama (“our president) and President Bush for all of the events that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Last night, Palin spoke in Alabama at an Exceptional Foundation dinner, which benefits those with special needs children in South Alabama.
In addition, Politico’s Ben Smith reported that Palin parted ways with two of her neoconservative foreign policy advisers, which is perhaps a sign that she is positioning herself to make a run at the presidency in 2012.