Published January 30, 2017
This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," September 20, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And tonight, President Obama and his administration continue to operate from a position of weakness, now particularly in the Middle East.
And if you are not convinced, well, the smoking gun has now been uncovered. Today, the Associated Press confirmed that our State Department is spending upwards of $70,000 on television ads in Pakistan. Why? To apologize to all those radicals whose feelings may have been hurt by that low budget movie trailer. Now, the stars of this ad are none other the president himself and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None.
HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: Let me state very clearly, and I hope it is obvious, that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation.
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HANNITY: Joining me now with reaction, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
So, let me get this straight. taxpayer money for that ad in Pakistan. They blame the movie, the movie, the movie, the movie. It's self evident that it was terror and now we are back to the movie again. Help me out here, Governor.
SARAH PALIN, FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: Right. So now, in the midst of this apology tour we see our embassies in the Middle East under siege. So how is that U.S. apology tour working out for you, Mr. President?
Look, if our fearless leaders insist on waiving the white flag like this, they may need to bring our troops home from the Middle East. No more blood, no more U.S. treasure spent, not one drop, if those in control of our troops' lives and tax dollars going into things like this are going to capitulate, wait, apologize for a first amendment right of ours, freedom of speech, that our troops are over there fighting for. Sean, our commander in chief is contradicting what we believe our troop's mission is and that is to protect freedom.
HANNITY: It's to protect freedom. But think about this, this lie that they told, they are protecting the perpetrators of terrorists, the murderers of Americans.
Is it Al Qaeda they're protecting too in the process? Because why? They don't want to admit that, you know, saying, they stop torture work, and the apology tour didn't work? What is the thinking behind this?
PALIN: Well, certainly he is succeeding in weakening America when it comes to these foreign policies that he is adopting. It's the antithesis of Reagan's peace through strength, and I believe that other countries are looking at America today as this paper tiger, that we are not going to follow through on threats or sanctions or those things that we need to do in order to be that beacon of hope and bright light that other countries could look to America and wish to emulate those practices of ours to help create a safer, more peaceful world.
Have you ever seen a more disorganized and dishonest administration than what you are seeing today when it comes to these convoluted messages, these mixed up messages of theirs as they try to convince the public many, many different sides of the story.
HANNITY: Governor, the Libyan president told us this was premeditated, contradicting all the spin they were giving us. We were told we had three days notice. This happened on the anniversary of 9/11, and then we discover that we didn't beef up security? Now, thank God, Univision finally asked the question tonight, he dodged it, he didn't give an answer. But why wouldn't the president have beefed up security here? So, in the process, do you think this was premeditated lying by the President to cover up their bad policies?
PALIN: Well, the president is masterful at dodging the question. And the press really stinks at following up, and making him answer questions, making him being accountable to the people who have elected him to be a leader.
PALIN: Though I don't consider him a leader. I consider Barack Obama a politician. Again Sean, it is atrocious what is going on, and we need to exert strength, we need to be protecting all those things that we have believed that our troops are in war zones for. Otherwise, we are wasting U.S. blood and treasure, and I say no more.
HANNITY: All right. Here is what driving me crazy, as well. Because all the pandering -- it's interesting this all happened in Cairo with I stopped torture, he's accused our brave men and women, this is back in 2009 of torturing which is not true. And he said, I'm closing Gitmo, which he never ended up doing anyway.
But now, the Muslim Brotherhood is in power. He didn't see this coming. Some of us did. And he pushes Mubarak out of the way. Here's the Muslim Brotherhood, this is their motto. And president Morsi was the head of it. Allah our objective. The prophet, our leader. The Koran, our law. Jihad, our way, dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Do you think one taxpayer dime should go to the Muslim Brotherhood, go to Egypt, go to Morsi who was called the Israelis' vampires?
PALIN: Well, no. Not unless the Egyptian government changes its tune and says, no, that they will not support those tenants of the Muslim Brotherhood's belief that would -- freedom and seek to harm the U.S.
Remember, we were told, Sean, when Mubarak was being ousted, and I had said and you had said, well, it looks like he's out the door, but we asked who would the replacement be? When we were threatened with this Muslim Brotherhood being the replacement, we were told that they would harmless and that they would seek to be allies of the U.S. We are finding that that is not the truth.
HANNITY: All right. Governor, it looks like Vegas behind you. Good luck if you're playing -- I like to play blackjack once in awhile. Good luck out there.
PALIN: Thanks, Sean. I appreciate this opportunity.
HANNITY: And we will need good luck in 47 days.
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