Palin understands American history quite well. It's all about freedom. We are defending ourselves, not seeking to exalt ourselves over others. We are the number one target, well close, in the world precisely because we are the most free country in the world--if America fails, freedom dies.
And since we value freedom so highly we are not an imperial power. We seek peace through strength. And yes, Barack Obama is a weak president. I don't believe she called him a wimp. That's your interpretation, Salon. I would say he is a real tough one at home. You might say imperious.