Press TV 
Tuesday, Sept 3, 2008
Sarah Palin, the surprise vice presidential pick by Republican candidate John McCain, has said the war in Iraq was ‘a task from God’.
Like US President George W. Bush, Governor Palin attempted to justify her policies by claiming they were divinely-ordered during a speech at the Wasilla Assembly of God church in June.
“Pray for our military. Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right for this country – that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” the Alaska governor said in her address posted on the website of the Wasilla Assembly of God.
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Earlier in 2005, President Bush claimed he was on a mission from God when he started the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“I am driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did.” The US president told a Palestinian delegation in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Palin, prior to her ‘there is a plan and that it is God’s plan’ comment on the Iraq war, asked the audience to pray for a $30 billion national gas pipeline project because it was ‘God’s will to get that gas line built’ as well.
Earlier in March 2007, Palin had said, “I’ve been so focused on state government, I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq.”
The report comes as one of the first on Palin’s positions on foreign policy issues, as the Republican camp has not yet allowed her to hold a press conference.