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GOP watch: Palin liked it

— According to audio on USA Today's Web site, Sarah Palin said the following in a phone interview about President Obama's Nobel speech: "I liked what he said. In fact, I thumbed through my book this morning to say wow, that that really sounded familiar, because I talked too in my book about the fallen nature of man and why war is necessary at times. And history's lessons when it comes to knowing when it is that we engage in warfare, and a couple of the other things he said were I thought wow good those are nice, a broad message, so broad that I just wrote about those and a lot of Americans are getting to read. Also my, my take on when war is necessary."
 
She continued: "Personally, of course, as a Blue Star mom, I, and so many other Blue Star families we worry about the safety of our soldiers. But my son and tens of thousands of other young men and women in America have made the right decision to put some things on hold at this point in their lives so that they can serve something grater than self. I'm so extremely proud of him and all of our troops. And personally of course I'm on my knees more than ever praying for his safety along with all of his fellow troops. And of course war is the last thing any American I believe wants to have to engage in, but it's necessary. We have to stop these terrorists over there. We've learned our lesson from 9/11. George Bush did a great job of reminding Americans every single day that he was in office what that lesson is. And by the way, I'd like to see President Obama follow more closely in the footstep of George Bush and his passion for keeping the Homeland safe, his passion for respecting, honoring our troops, and yeah, I, I, certainly believe that the mission is necessary right now both in Iraq and the surge strategy that's needed in Afghanistan.
 
"For Palin, that view strikes close to home: Her eldest son, 20-year-old Track, is an Army infantry member who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. 'I'm on my knees more than ever praying for his safety along with all of his fellow troops,' Palin said. 'Of course, war is the last thing any American, I believe, wants to have to engage in, but it's necessary. We have to stop these terrorists over there.'"