WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin says she was taken aback to hear President Barack Obama say that America is a military superpower "whether we like it or not."
Palin said Saturday night that Americans like being a dominant superpower.
She says she doesn't understand a world view that questions whether people like the fact that America is powerful.
The former Alaska governor's remarks came in a question-and-answer session after a speech to about 1,100 people in the central Illinois town of Washington.
Obama said earlier this week that the United States must do its best to resolve conflicts around the world before they grow too serious.
Otherwise, America might be drawn into the conflicts "because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower."