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And for the hyper-defining, acronym-crazy Army, that caused a bit of a meltdown, especially since Obama and Palin have dramatically different relationships with the military.

Commander-in-chief Obama, who is in the midst of making a major troop decision on Afghanistan, has no previous ties to the military, and is working to bolster civilian influence on the country’s military establishment.

Before she resigned as Alaska’s governor, Palin commanded the state’s National Guard. Her son Track is an Army soldier currently deployed overseas. She also plans to stop by Fort Hood, the site of the Nov. 5 rampage that killed 13 Americans.

Palin criticized the commander-in-chief in an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly Friday night, citing national security specifically: “There’s some questionable actions that he’s taken so recently that I believe weakens our country and our security.”

Further complicating matters for the Army, Palin has been coy about her presidential plans, yet it’s clear to many insiders that she’s at least considering a 2012 presidential run. She outpaces all other self-described Republicans in polls.

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