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."

From Russia, no love for Yanukovych

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soundoff (512 Responses)
  1. Sam Wise

    Palin was right on this one. One thing for sure, if she were President, or Sec. of State for that matter, she would not have abandoned our people in Benghazi and blamed it on some stupid youtube video. So all you small minded Palin haters, consider that one.

    March 1, 2014 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  2. Steve Allard

    I see there are some silly people on here defeding Palin. I can understand why they choose to remain anonymous.

    March 1, 2014 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. Mia

    Right. She is just so well versed in all things...yup.

    March 1, 2014 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  4. Trenaway

    This story has some lies in it but what can you expect from CNN! Palin never said that her proximity to Russia helped boost her foreign policy experience. I love how the idiots will still say she is stupid, when there is overwhelming proof that she is actually very smart!

    March 1, 2014 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  5. Cacimbo Smith

    Sounds like CNN is resentful that Palin is right again.

    March 1, 2014 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  6. Maimonida

    Palin thinks that Ukraine is type of soap

    March 1, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  7. Yombute

    Ms. Palin actually has DEFENDERS? Wow. Even at this point? *sigh*
    All I can say is "even a broken clock is right twice a day."

    March 1, 2014 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  8. Rocky Cocchiola

    Sarah Palin can be my President any day. Both Dems and Republicans alike are afraid of her because she doesn't take lip service from anyone. AND she's got class. Not like the step n fetchit defrocked lawyers living in the White House right now.

    March 1, 2014 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  9. tim barnett

    All the media and lots of people make fun of Palin, but then current events prove her right, just like this article.. But the media still doesn't take her serious. They should and the American people should. Personally I'd much rather see Palin in the oval office than obama or Hiillary..

    March 1, 2014 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  10. Keith

    Palin top news Bimbo in America, and probably the reason John McCain lost the election.

    March 1, 2014 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  11. tim barnett

    Only thing I see about Palin is that I'm glad McCain didn't make president. We might be a war with the entire world by now. I've like McCain and I honor his military service along with his prisoner of war period, but man, has he become a hawk. If he run again I want him to concentrate on Arizona's problems, not the middle eastt or russia.

    March 1, 2014 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  12. mikeyd

    not surprising, obama thought there were 57 states back in 2008

    March 1, 2014 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  13. D

    Remember when Obama did not know how many states were in The United States? Yet he was smart and Sarah was stupid. Now we find out who was the ignorant one.

    March 1, 2014 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  14. J Story

    Even now, judging by comments here, there are those who would rather be led by their clueless holy Obama than a woman who has proven time and time again to be on the right side of history. Could they have Mommy issues, I wonder?

    March 1, 2014 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  15. Namegizmo

    I can't believe there are baffoons out there still willing to take here seriously!! What a joke!

    March 1, 2014 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  16. J.V.Hodgson

    This gives her nothing, especially not bragging rights or anything else foreign policy wise at all. It's almost 5 years since she posed a one off question giving no answer herself. She is neither clever or clairvoyant.
    That said Russia is protecting its naval base in the east of Ukraine so far... if no one expected that they are as naïve as Palin, after the ouster of Yanukovich. She is of course still monitoring Russian events from her house in Alaska, a clearly perfect vantage point ( sarcasm) to any reasonable/effective and useful diplomatic comment.

    March 1, 2014 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  17. yukon mike

    We're just grateful you stepped down as governor where you had already demonstrated your incompetence.

    March 1, 2014 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  18. Dryden01

    Turns out she was right and the left wing dimwits cannot say she is wrong. Next strategy will be to send Hillary out with her pathetic reset button, perhaps to throw it at Putin while Obama draws another useless line in the sand. Putin is making fools of Obama and his administration and all the left can do is ridicule Sarah Palin.

    March 1, 2014 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  19. Clearly clairvoyant

    Palin was also right about the "death panels". She may sound inarticulate, but she us prophetic!!

    March 1, 2014 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  20. kondordisqus

    And we see first hand, once again, that she is a divider. She isn't a public official, she has ZERO foreign policy experience, and anyone who thinks she is saying anything for any reason other than selling books is making a huge mistake.

    March 1, 2014 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  21. Adam Morgan

    Anyone on Earth could have predicted this. You are not special in any way for "seeing this from Alaska." It was a blindingly obvious sort of thing. Grow up woman.

    March 1, 2014 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  22. bobhamiltonchicago

    Yeah! If Sarah were President, she would have ended this predictable scenario with a nuclear strike on Crimea.

    March 1, 2014 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  23. robertv

    Can't ever admit they're wrong. Palin is right.
    Being a progressive liberal means you beleive that carefully crafted speeches
    are all you need in this world of "tiny" countries as Mr. Obama said.
    And that somehow upon hearing these words, a dictator will simply admit that "gee, i was wrong all along".
    This kind of belief is not only naive, but really shows who lacks the numbers in the IQ dept.

    March 1, 2014 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  24. Dave pierce

    Shore to shore there's only about 30 miles between Russia and the U.S. the Alaska goverens office has to deal with them on a regular basis, infringing on fishing areas and constantly testing us with their aircraft and navel vessels, Fort Richardson and Elmadorf AFB plus tha Alaska national guard could probably write you volumes of books on it, G.W. Bush flew single engine fighters on the Alaska frontiers during the cold one of the most dangerous areas to fly in the world because of weather, so yes Sara Palin like many alaskans are aware of the threats in the north and I am sure she was well informed.

    March 1, 2014 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  25. RobertCosta

    Ms. Palin is 100 percent correct.

    Interesting how CNN and the others on the far left try to discriminate against a woman political figure such as Ms. Palin because she does not drink the weak socialist image of America that is the Left.

    Obama is presiding over yet another foreign policy disaster for America.

    March 1, 2014 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
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