Palin: No Time for ‘Cold Feet’ on Afghanistan

By Gorman Gorman

Oct 7, 2009 8:09am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Former Gov. Sarah Palin is endorsing calls for additional troops in Afghanistan, calling on President Obama "to act as commander-in-chief" and increase US force levels.

"Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers in harm's way in Afghanistan right now. We owe it to all those brave Americans serving in uniform to give them the tools they need to complete their mission," Palin, R-Alaska, wrote in a message posted to her Facebook page last night.

Palin warns that not following Gen. Stanley McChrystal's recommendations could mean that al Qaeda "will once again find a safe haven, the Taliban will impose its cruelty on the Afghan people, and Pakistan will be less stable."

"Our allies and our adversaries are watching to see if we have the staying power to protect our interests in Afghanistan. I recently joined a group of Americans in urging President Obama to devote the resources necessary in Afghanistan and pledged to support him if he made the right decision. Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision — it is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan," Palin writes.

Palin posted her message just hours after Democratic and Republican congressional leaders — including her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., met at the White House to offer views and perspectives on the war in Afghanistan. McCain is also calling for the president to send additional troops.

Palin, whose memoir is set to publish next month, has increasingly turned to Facebook as a means of public communication since resigning her post as governor in July.

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