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Sarah Palin: Where Is Obama's 'Faith In American Exceptionalism?'

First Posted: 06/16/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:10 PM ET

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Sarah Palin blasted out another Facebook diatribe Friday, criticizing President Obama for lacking "faith in American exceptionalism" in his positions on foreign policy and the military.

"The truth is this: by his actions we see a president who seems to be much more comfortable with an American military that isn't quite so dominant and who feels the need to apologize for America when he travels overseas," Palin wrote. "Could it be a lack of faith in American exceptionalism? The fact is that America and our allies are safer when we are a dominant military superpower - whether President Obama likes it or not."

According to Palin, Obama's recent quote: "whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower," is proof that Obama is uncomfortable with America's military prowess, which Palin says "may be one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever seen, liberating countless millions from tyranny, slavery, and oppression over the last 234 years."

Liz Cheney's group, Keep America Safe, also jumped on this snippet of Obama's statement, criticizing the President for being "confused" about American dominance.

As Media Matters points out, however, Obama spoke about America's position as a "dominant military superpower" in a different context than many conservative pundits have recently put it.

At Obama's Press Conference at the Nuclear Security Summit, a reporter asked:

"Given the progress you have cited in recent days on your foreign policy agenda, to what extent do you feel like you have gained political capital with which to take further to the international stage for the rest of this year, to perhaps rejuvenate some initiatives in trouble spots such as the Middle East and elsewhere?"

To which Obama eventually replied:

"What we can make sure of is, is that we are constantly present, constantly engaged, and setting out very clearly to both sides our belief that not only is it in the interests of each party to resolve these conflicts but it's also in the interest of the United States. It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."

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