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. mascmen7

    Kiev called Obama at 3am stating Russians are invading. Obama told Kiev he was educated in Moscow USSR 1981-83 and feels Russia has a right to occupy Crimea and then hung up and went back to bed..

    March 1, 2014 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  2. bassman

    Yes for Obama. .. and the hick with Palin. .. rednecks rule. . No really this lady needs to sit down. The president will never be right in the eyes of the right or those represent Amerikkka right bassman and loyalright this not 1960 anymore get over it clowns..

    March 1, 2014 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  3. mascmen7

    Obama in 2009 and 2013 ordered USA anti-missile systems in Eastern Europe dismantled due to Russian protests leaving our allies unprotected from Russian missiles.

    March 1, 2014 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  4. Joe

    I remember Mitt claiming Russia was a threat and being mocked...the media is sooper smart

    March 1, 2014 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  5. Rick Patel

    Gov. Sarah Palin's predictions on most political, economic & social issues are proven correct time after time.

    March 1, 2014 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  6. Palingohome

    Enough. The scary thing is that this "person" is back in the news. What would she have us do? Attack Russia? Send our troops into harms way again as all republican irresponsible boneheads do? She's a Cheney clone.....very very very dangerous.

    March 1, 2014 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  7. bEX

    If Palin was president. The world would be a smoldering nuclear wasteland.

    March 1, 2014 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  8. Rationalist

    Be sure to thank your low information and narcissistic self absorbed single issue voter friends for these priceless moments...

    Truly, Lenin was accurate when he described them as "useful idiots"...

    March 1, 2014 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  9. billy

    bill Clinton started all this crap with the statement that every American should own a home. well,,,, now we know how that worked out. A record number of homes foreclosed on. Palin seen that coming also .Obama is leading by democratic example.

    March 1, 2014 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  10. Mario Lopez

    It turns out over the last 5 years there are alot of things Palin has been right about. But everything is just a big joke to the leftist media, late night comics, and high brow pundits.

    March 1, 2014 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  11. Robert

    Her comnents also echo those of Mitch Romney's during the 2012 Presendential Election when hé said our biggest threat was Russia. And, of course, Obama made fun of him. Who's laughing now, Obama?

    March 1, 2014 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  12. Jack Stanley

    Right wing politicking is more spite and juvenile behavior than arguing policy and legislation, now. Who the hell cares if she predicted it, I could have predicted it. Whenever you say something MIGHT happen, you have a 50/50 chance of being correct. The Ukrainians are going through hell, and Republicans are thinking of bragging rights? Typical.

    March 1, 2014 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  13. JohnEurope

    Liberals can not see beyond their noses the long ones..... When we going to fence in NY city? Wait for the Russians to do it?

    March 1, 2014 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  14. hurtsdonut

    Hey, remember back when people respected and admired the U.S.? Those were good times. But hey, we had Cash For Clunkers. That's almost as nice. Right?

    March 1, 2014 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  15. Cindy

    Palin does not ever get enough credit. Polosi on the other hand........................................ Yea Palin is a bit off-color to many with the way she words her remarks but she is a lot more accurate than lying, manipulative Polosi any day.

    March 1, 2014 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  16. BDR

    Please Sarah tell us how it will end.

    March 1, 2014 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  17. denis r

    Palin would also have supported the right wing coup in Ukraine, and she wouls also have been powerless against the will of the Crimean and Ukranian people, who will now reject the phony revolution.

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

    More important than Palin bragging or not bragging is that this administration is filled with amateurs who "think" they are brilliant because they have told each other they are "brilliant". The dangerous position these fools have placed our Nation and world is something that should never be forgiven.

    March 1, 2014 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  19. Lord David

    Obama is a fool and he is taking America down the tubes while he blindly stumbles about.

    March 1, 2014 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  20. Ward

    Exactly what would Palin have done differently to stop Putin

    March 1, 2014 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  21. wendy

    Most of the posts on here are ridiculous. You make her out to be some kind of idiot. It proves the fact that when the kool-aid drinkers can't refute the facts, they resort to personal attacks. This is because they have no leg to stand on. Wake up idiots, Russia is not playing around! While we downgrade our military, our enemies are building up theirs. Why do you think Putin parked a warship in Cuba???

    March 1, 2014 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  22. byron allen

    Unfortunately for us, the total incompetents are in charge. Obama has not the slightest clue what he is doing and Kerry is lost. US foreign policy under these bozos has been a disaster from Russia to the Middle East to South America.

    March 1, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  23. djthp

    First of all, he's not actually "invading." The Crimea has "invited" the Russian forces in to protect their political choice. This appears to be a completely internal Ukraine problem where a pretty well-defined northwestern half of the country wants to be part of Europe, and an equally well-defined southeastern half want to be part of Russia. Each area is "democratically by majority" choosing their future paths. We should stay out of it.

    March 1, 2014 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  24. jriopel

    so Russia is invading Ukraine which could send us back into a cold war and Palin called it 5 years ago and she's still an idiot? Who are you people? Watch what happens now.... Obama is the most dangerous president to ever lead our country – when your kids get drafted and have to go to the Ukraine maybe you'll wake up.

    March 1, 2014 06:45 am at 6:45 am |

    Putin, Romney, and now Palin has taken obama's lunch and proved he is no leader. America was bought and lied to. It's time to rid ourselves of this make believe President. Good Lord Obama, save America by resigning. You use your executive power to do so since you have used it for everything else.

    March 1, 2014 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
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