I know I am being reactionary (and even over-reactionary if that is a word), but Sarah Palin creeps me out. I don’t know what’s worse…
A. Considering the war in Iraq “God’s plan”
B. Not being honest about considering a war part of God’s plan
C. Claiming it is “a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words” to say something darn near contradictory to what Lincoln said except for the use of the word “God”


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP nominee for governor, tonight offered an explanation for her widely circulated remarks, videotaped at the Wasilla Bible Church, in which she urged the assembly to pray ”that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them (American soliders) out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we are praying for, that there is a plan, and that that plan is God’s plan.” The comments have been widely attacked — and abridged — by critics (including Dan Payne in this morning’s Globe) who argue that Palin was describing the Iraq War as God’s plan. She contests that interpretation.

Here’s Palin’s exchange exchange on the subject, with Charlie Gibson of ABC News:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?
PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words when he said — first, he suggested never presume to know what God’s will is, and I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that’s a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side. That’s what that comment was all about, Charlie.

Killing moose, holy wars, lipstick on dogs, neo-con political fundamentalism masqueraded as religion… oh yes, I am afraid.

9/13/08 UPDATE
That liberal rag, the LA Times (I hate liberals) has reported that Gibson mischaracterized Palin’s words from church. Once I read that, I wanted to include this link in order to be fair. It just goes to show you, the only people you can trust less than politicians is journalists – that’s just not right.