Palin on Ukraine: I told you so
February 28th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
9 years 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.

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"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."

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soundoff (512 Responses)
  1. rrm231

    Hey, maybe you should read this:
    "A treaty signed in 1994 by the US and Britain could pull both countries into a war to protect Ukraine if President Putin's troops cross into the country.
    Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma – the then-rulers of the USA, UK, Russia and Ukraine – agreed to the The Budapest Memorandum as part of the denuclearization of former Soviet republics after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
    Technically it means that if Russia has invaded Ukraine then it would be difficult for the US and Britain to avoid going to war." By JILL REILLY and LIZZIE EDMONDS
    PUBLISHED: 13:05 EST, 28 February 2014 | UPDATED: 06:41 EST, 1 March 2014

    March 1, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Ted Brown

    It didn't take Sarah Palin, to "tell us so". She has no exclusivity on common sense.

    March 1, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Keith

    Sarah Palin once again trying to get people to pay attention to her so she can grift some more in 2014.

    March 1, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Moe

    Jimmy rouse here's a list of Obama work unemployment is at 6.6% stock market is high the big 3 US automaker is back and strong the manufactories are crawling back were out of Iraq and about to pull out of Agfa and Osama is dead so Is the Libyan leader housing market is improving and it's a lot more he got done with out this republican congress that's a nice accomplishment by a bad president

    March 1, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Carol

    Palin loves to take credit for factsthat were already known.

    March 1, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Name Philip

    Sarah is too much of a woman for these snarky little cry babies. That is exactly why they occupy the big baby nursery in the Democratic Party. God be with you Sarah

    March 1, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. rs

    Ms. Palin obviously forgets that Mr. Bush looked into Putin's eyes and " right into his soul", and decreed him and o.k. guy.

    Let's play a game. Let's assume the GOP keeps getting crazier, and maybe some GOP enclaves actually secede- you know places like Texas, or Georgia or Oklahoma. Now, fast forward 20 yeas when those places are run by tin-pot fools, and are broke, does Ms. Palin (a secessionist herself) believe whoever is in the White House wouldn't try to swing those nations back into the American sphere?
    What an idiotic Right-wing tool!

    March 1, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Name Chris

    Well we already got snowden over there,so lets send yacov Smirnoff over as well and they can represent our interests in this matter. They certainly can't do a worse job than Obama/kerry

    March 1, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Moe

    What did the president suppose to say ? Steve K let the man do his job are you looking for a conflict?

    March 1, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Joe NYer

    This should be THE headline today. Strong leaders see miles ahead of their adversaries. Obama sees only himself and his precious image.

    March 1, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Dash

    Pres. Obama and Susan Rice say the invasion of Ukraine was in response to a video by Sarah, and they'll be arresting her soon. Also, they will send Lois Lerner to Kiev in support of the Ukrainian people. Problem solved, let's have a beer.

    March 1, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Mark R

    Lets see "Sarah is nuts because we really cant do anything and she's dumb also". Lets see "Sarah was the reason McCain lost". Lets see "Sarah went to a low brow college while Obama went to Harvard"--So let me get this straight- Obama comes out and speaks of Russia's strategic interests, the Ukraine's strategic interests and Europe's strategic interests but NOT the USA's strategic interests- he says there's gonna be consequences just like he said about Syria. Sarah went to a low brow school and predicted Obama would be a wimp and he is- Sarah is an idiot as she states the facts and Obama is a genius as he says "Its happy hour for democrats" just as he went and played golf during the Syrian genocide. -So the moral of the story is.... Sarah is an idiot and Obama is a genius. Have I got that right?

    March 1, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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