March 24, 2011 — -- Sarah Palin thinks President Obama needs to explain the American mission in Libya more clearly, but has much harsher words for the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Gadhafi, saying he "is going to end up dead."
Appearing on "On the Record" with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News, the former Alaska governor said, "I think there is a lot of confusion," when it comes to the White House goals in Libya.
"Are we really ready to turn over command and control to Arab League and the to the British and the French?" she asked. "When do we get to reclaim command and control over our troops?"
Palin, a paid contributor to Fox News, was an early advocate of the idea of a no-fly zone over Libya, but is now critical for what she considers mixed messages from the president.
"As long as we are in it, we better be in it to win it, " she told Van Susteren. "And if there [is] doubt, get out."
She added that Gadhafi has "the blood of innocent Americans on his hands," for his role the deadly 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and that "now is our chance to make sure he is held accountable."
When asked what she thought the immediate fate of the Libyan dictator would be, she concluded, he "is going to end up dead," either at the hands of the rebels or someone else.
Van Susteren was speaking to Palin in Naples, Fla., where earlier in the evening the former governor addressed the "Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers Series."
Palin just returned from an overseas trip that included a speech in India and her first visit to Israel, including a dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She called the visit to Israel the "trip of a lifetime," adding, "I have such a love of Israel."
She was extremely critical of Obama's efforts to freeze development of Israeli settlements, saying "President Obama was inappropriate to intervene in a zoning issue in Israel," adding, "I would have taken an opposite approach."
Yet again, Palin yet said she has not made up her mind about running for president. She said she is "tempted" this time, even while she began to say they are other ways to contribute.
Sarah Palin: 'Through Whining About a Liberal Press'
When asked about the media's treatment of female politicians, Palin said, "I am through whining about a liberal press."
Her pledge was short-lived, however. Palin sent this clarifying tweet on Thursday:
"I'll hold LSM accountable MORE THAN EVER;my comment acknowledged personal coverage(not unfairness to others).Happy to defend others re: bias"
During the interview Wednesday Palin refused to get sucked into a discussion regarding vulgar comments made about her by HBO comedian Bill Maher.
Palin refused to get sucked into a discussion regarding vulgar comments made about her by HBO comedian Bill Maher.
After initial silence on the matter, the National Organization for Women (NOW) issued a statement on its blog: "Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don't like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs."
Palin hardly seemed grateful, saying, "I need NOW's defense like a fish needs a bicycle."