Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may not really be able to see Russia from her front yard, but she did weigh in on President Barack Obama's overhaul of US policy on the use of nuclear weapons.
Calling the president's move "unbelievable," Palin told Fox News' Sean Hannity that "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."
Said Palin: "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.'
The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled new limits on the nation's nuclear arsenal, saying it would only use atomic weapons in "extreme circumstances" and would not attack non-nuclear states.
The administration said for the first time that countries without atomic weapons which complied with non-proliferation treaty obligations need not fear a US nuclear attack.
But President Barack Obama warned exceptions could be made for "outliers" such as Iran and North Korea, which are both accused of flouting UN resolutions.
"The president is saying that if there is a biological, chemical attack against the United States of America, or if there is a cyberattack, a major cyberattack, if it's a country that is part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, then America has taken nuclear weapons off the table," Fox host Hannity said at a rally in Minnesota for Rep. Michele Bachmann.
"It's unacceptable," Palin responded. "This is another thing that the American public -- the more that they find out what is a part of this agenda -- they are going to rise up and they are going to say 'no more.' National security, national defense is the number one job of the federal government."
-- With AFP
This video is from Fox News' Hannity, broadcast April 7, 2010.