President Obama questions Sarah Palin's nuclear acumen

WASHINGTON Thu Apr 8, 2010 10:30pm EDT

Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally for Senator John McCain at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona March 27, 2010. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally for Senator John McCain at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona March 27, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Palin, the former vice presidential candidate, has not been shy about criticizing Obama's policies and this week weighed in on his revamped nuclear strategy, saying it was like a child in a playground who says 'punch me in the face, I'm not going to retaliate.'

"I really have no response to that. The last I checked, Sarah Palin is not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Obama said in an interview with ABC News.

Pressed further on Republican criticism that his strategy restricts the use of nuclear weapons too much, Obama added:

"What I would say to them is, is that if the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff are comfortable with it, I'm probably going to take my advice from them and not from Sarah Palin."

Obama unveiled a new policy earlier this week that restricts U.S. use of nuclear weapons and renounces development of new atomic weapons.

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; editing by Todd Eastham)

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Comments (100)
notafool wrote:
Obama’s nuclear skillz make Amy Carter sound like Curtis LeMay…

Apr 08, 2010 8:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
viola85 wrote:
The fact that Sarah Palin can see Russia from her back yard is proof enough that Obama is wise to listen to the SECRETARY OF DEFENSE and the JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. They are probably a little more up on their statistics involving our nuclear arsenal and it’s capabilities than Sarah Palin.

Apr 08, 2010 8:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wrote:
I droped an acumen of my cookie on the floor ,Woop’s! We are Truely Doomed with the morons in this country. There are Nazi’s waiting everwhere in the wing’s. SORRY we didn’t distroy the planet yet dope but we can do it if we realy try!
No free healthcare either;)

Apr 08, 2010 8:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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