Gov. Palin On Syrian Engagement: Why Should We ‘Sacrifice Even One of Our Sons or Daughters?’

As President Trump mulls whether or not to interfere in the Syrian conflict, Governor Palin recently weighed in on the severity of such an engagement and the true cost of getting involved.

“Why in the world we would be willing to sacrifice even one of our sons or daughters who will be sent over [to Syria]?” Governor Palin importantly asked, as Breitbart reports. “It really makes me nervous that there seems to be some enthusiasm for the U.S. to interject ourselves again in a foreign country’s battles when no one has articulated yet what our interest is there.”

Palin highlighted the importance of learning from previous engagements in the Middle East and the lengthy toll these engagements can have.

“We should have learned our lesson with Iraq and Afghanistan,” Palin added. “I look at it as the blood, the sweat, the toil that has been spent on our end when you can’t really see what the gain is in a lot of respects. We just can’t allow ourselves get back in that mode with Syria.”

Here’s more from her comments:

Palin warned of advocacy for military operations in Syria rooted in financial self-interest. She stated, “I hate to say it, but a lot of the talk that’s enthusiastic about war, unfortunately, comes from people with strong ties to defense contractors and have strong ties to those who ultimately can make money on the operations. So often you got to follow the money and that leads you to what the root is of some of these arguments.”

Palin called for an articulation of the American national interest in Syria prior to any military operations within the Levantine state:

So those making this point that we need to insert our power and get in there and get rid of Assad, I’m not comfortable with it and American citizens should not be comfortable with this until there is very focused articulated reasons provided to us and Congress — and Congress need to be a part of this, too, not just the administration — until we find out what the heck we would be doing there. There has to be avoidance of the short-sighted decision-making.

Palin continued, “Until we are given the reasons why it’s in America’s best interests, why in the world we would be willing to sacrifice even one of our sons or daughters who will be sent over there? It’s like that old saying, the old men call war, and they send the young men to go fight them. No. I see what war does to an individual, to a family. I guess there’s a lot of humanity that I’m considering at this point.”

Palin added, “Yeah, America is the strongest fighting power on the globe — and we should be — but being prepared with that, being the strongest, should create an environment of peace. That’s what Reagan used to preach.”

Trump previously warned that, despite Russian opposition, the United States could soon conduct strikes against Syria. The Assad regime, who has infamously used chemical weapons against its own citizenry, has been bolstered by the Russian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Trump previously tweeted, “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

And, “Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War. There is no reason for this. Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together. Stop the arms race?”

“Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!” he added.

On Thursday, the United States president seemingly backpedaled the notion of launching a strike against the Syrian government.

“Never said when an attack on Syria would take place,” Trump tweeted. “Could be very soon or not so soon at all! In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. Where is our ‘Thank you America?'”

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

DISCLAIMER: Views expressed in articles do not necessarily reflect the views held by Sarah Palin.

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