"No administration in America's history would, I think, ever have considered such a step that we just found out President Obama is supporting today," she proclaimed. "It's kind of like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, 'Go ahead, punch me in the face, and I'm not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.'"
Palin also unleashed a slew of anti-Obama-nuke-policy comments onher Facebook page. (Palin, who was unreachable by Yahoo! News, has recently opted to make public statements through her controlledsocial media presencerather than speak to reporters.)
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"I really have no response. Because last I checked,Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues,"Obama saidwhenGeorge Stephanopoulosasked him about Palin's comments. "If the secretary of defense and the chairman of the JointsChiefs of Staffare comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin."
Palin has already lashed back at the president's gibe — albeit a bit coyly. In remarks Fridaybefore the Southern Republican Leadership Conferencein New Orleans, she attacked Obama's failure to rein in the nuclear ambitions ofNorth Korea, making pointed reference to "the president, with all the vast nuclear experience he acquired as a community organizer, and as a part-time senator, and as a full-time candidate."
Obama's new policy on nuclear deployment has won the support of at least one prominent Republican with an extensivenuclear weaponsbackground: former Reagan Secretary of State George Shultz. Inan interview with the Daily Beast, Shultz said that "President Obama has picked up on the notion that we can seek a world free of nuclear weapons, and that was very strongly felt by President Reagan," Shultz said. And praising Obama's recent treaty withRussian President Dmitry Medvedevto reduce nuclear stockpiles in both countries, Shultz said that it was "important" to get the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ("proposed by President Reagan [and] expiredlast December," he noted) "replaced with a treaty that has verification permissions in it and continuous investigations."
No word as yet as to whether Palin has pronounced that George Shultz is a 98-pound weakling.