Governor Palin's Tribute to the Troops Speech

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Governor Palin's speech at the Tribute to the Troops fundraiser last night in Colorado entailed what some people are now calling the Palin Doctrine. You can read the full transcript here at I would like to highlight the portion of the speech where she spelled out her five-part criteria for engaging in military force that puts our soldiers in harm's way:

I believe our criteria before we send our young men and women—America’s finest—into harm’s way should be spelled out clearly when it comes to the use of our military force. I can tell you what I believe that criteria should be in five points.

First, we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.

Second, 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.

And third, 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. Period.

Fourth, 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.

Fifth, 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.

Read her full speech here.

You can also listen to audio of the speech:

Below is the video. According to C4P:
This video is the best we have at the moment. It was recorded off the live stream and therefore has some parts missing. The combined total of missing parts is less than 2 minutes.

(h/t C4P)


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