Palin on Ukraine: I told you so
February 28th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
8 months ago

Palin on Ukraine: I told you so

(CNN) - Sarah Palin may be having a bragging rights moment.

In 2008, when she was the GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin questioned in a speech whether then-Sen. Barack Obama would have the foreign policy credentials to handle a scenario in which Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.

"After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next," she said in Reno, Nevada on October 21, 2008.

The former Alaska governor was happy to highlight her prediction on Friday and scold those who criticized her 2008 comments.

"Yes, I could see this one from Alaska," she said on Facebook. That remark was a reference to a 2008 interview in which Palin argued that Alaska's proximity to Russia helped boost her foreign policy experience.

Saturday Night Live parodied her remarks in a now-famous sketch with Tina Fey, who played Palin on the show, saying "I can see Russia from my house."

On Facebook, Palin continued to explain how she anticipated a growing crisis between Russia and Ukraine, where there has now been an uncontested arrival of Russian military forces by air at a Russian base in Ukraine's Crimea region. They are believed to be Russian land forces, according to a U.S. assessment.

Political tension grows in Ukraine's Crimea region

"I'm usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as 'an extremely far-fetched scenario' by the 'high-brow' Foreign Policy magazine."

In October 2008, Foreign Policy labeled Palin's prediction as "strange."

From Russia, no love for Yanukovych


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soundoff (512 Responses)
  1. Los Gatos

    When did Russia invade the Ukraine? I must have missed this story.

    February 28, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Steve Koch

    Yes TIM the "adults" are in charge..just look at their track record so far.......BWAH HAW ha ha ha.

    BO Care, Benghazi, the Arab Spring, Syrian butchery, Turkey about to go to Iran....Oh ya Iran....that is going swimmingly. China stealing pieces of the Philippines and now Russia invading Ukraine...

    I sure glad the professionals are in charge.

    February 28, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Wes Bomar

    Once again some one that the media made out to be stupid and well below the intelligences of Dear Leader and Messiah Obama, shows what a complete idiot Obama really is. He didn't see this coming and got our butts kicked after winning the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, now doesn't have the guts to take on Syria and has made more of his empty threats to Russia. The guy is a complete failure domestically or in foreign policy. It will take years to get this country back..

    February 28, 2014 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. biglio

    Palin, please shut up, go away, you cannot see Ukraine from your window, you have no idea even where it is.......just go away will you?

    February 28, 2014 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Sarah Palin predicted what has transpired between Russia and Ukraine ?

    Yet she is in denial over the cause of climate change .

    Palin should be on Survivor Ukraine , Dancing for Foreign Policy or Lost in Alaska .

    February 28, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Redneck

    Putin is a strong leader for his country's interests. Obama is "Jimmy Carter Lite" ... and that is REALLY pathetic.

    As to Palin, she was right and the MSM was wrong. And they don't like being shown as the incompetent, mysogenistic bigots they are.

    February 28, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. John

    As usual Obama lovers are aplenty here - they still think that Obama is the know it all, but really an inexperienced only full of lies and bouyed into office by bird brained people who dominate this liberal outlet!

    February 28, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. Mike

    Sounds like Palin forgot Georgia 2008 under Bush. Russia invaded after Bush warned them not to, and the US army evacuated. Georgia and it's U.S. backed army was crushed. Palin does not have a leg to stand on.

    February 28, 2014 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. sam

    WoW Mitt looking good too, they are both smarter than O.

    February 28, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. Gary P Jackson

    The number of things Governor Palin has been right about, and the corrupt lamestream media has chosen not to report is quite long.

    Governor Palin had regular dealings with Russia. People forget Alaska's unique role. Alaska's National Guard is the only one that is permanently deployed, and as Commander-in-Chief, Governor Palin was regularly briefed on high level top security national defense issues. Governor Palin also shared strategic command of 49th Missile Battalion, our nation's strategic defense system from attacks from Russia, North Korea, etc.

    On Governor Palin's watch, the 176th Air Defense Wing received the Air Force's Outstanding Unit Award part of that citation noted the 176th routinely escorted Russian Bear Bombers out of Alaskan air space.

    If Plain was President, the world would be much safer.

    February 28, 2014 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. haha

    so did palin predict she was going to lose the 2008 election too?

    February 28, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. jerry walters

    Putin left office as president if Russia and became the Prime Minister of the country from 2008 – 2012. Then after some deal making he was re-elected president in 2012. An unheard of maneuver in Russia. Now in 2014 she wants to claim she was prescient enough to foresee all of that happening to make her absurd and inaccurate claim as something of a 'I told you so'. I guess she figured that all out while reading US Weekly and TV Guide! The woman is an absolute loon!

    February 28, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. len

    Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. What did President Bush do? Nothing!!! So please stop your bashing.....

    February 28, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. Pablo Hablo

    Of course she was right, just as she was with death panels. Too bad all she has is experience, intelligence, and common sense, and not that elite ivy league patina.

    And yes, Tina Fey CAN see Ukraine from Palin's house, certainly.

    February 28, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. Dirt

    And if WW3 happens Albert Einstein can say "I told you so."

    February 28, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  16. fidlin1

    I'd back Palin any day over Obama. If you haven't learned that by now,history will leave you behind.

    February 28, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. clinth

    I'm sooooo Glad that Palin is not VP and especially that McCain is not president. That GOD!!!

    February 28, 2014 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. Lucy W

    Gee, I wonder who wrote that comment for her.

    February 28, 2014 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. chick20112011

    Janet Napalitano had "international" experience as a Gov. of a border State, so did the Gov. of Alaska as the Gov. of a Border State. Where are the "tina feys" denouncing Janet's international experience? They lauded it. At least be consistent and Intellectually Honest.

    February 28, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Bill

    Liberals should have listened to Palin. She warned you.

    February 28, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Peter Grynch

    When America is weak, the enemies of freedom grow strong. We have never had a more incompetant Commander in Chief. All the world's dictators are high-fiving themselves and laughing at Obama and Kerry.

    The only reason America is "leading from behind" is that at its head is an ass.

    February 28, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Dennis Shumaker

    Liberals prove that you don't need intelligence to be arrogant.
    Saturday Night Live, Katy Couric, and many others should apologize to the country.

    February 28, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Wild Bill

    The same people who call Palin stupid claim Obama is the smartest president ever.

    They're also too stupid to realize they've just been mocked.

    February 28, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  24. jon

    What are we supposed to do???? Start a war with Russia??? I don't think so. Stay out of this stuff.

    February 28, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Bob

    The western banking cartel wants to add Ukraine to its portfolio.........watch as they spill American blood to accomplish it.

    February 28, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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