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. Marcus Tullius

    [My previous post was incomplete when I accidentally hit the 'post' button.]

    What Palin did say in the interview was that her experience as governor of Alaska gave her more foreign policy experience than Obama because she had direct, official dealings with her two neighbors, Russia and Canada.

    March 1, 2014 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  2. Namelinda

    Sara Palin idiotic moments are completely hilarious!

    March 1, 2014 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  3. Renojjmc

    There's no question that Sarah Palin is far more qualified than our spineless and feckless POTUS. I sincerely question whether Obama is merely incompetent or intentionally destroying America. Either way he is not fit to serve.

    March 1, 2014 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  4. Just Sayin

    The Washington elite couldn't stand it that Palin could see them for what they really are (devious, liars, backstabbing narcissists). She is smart, savvy, and genuine (everything they aren't) so they went after her family. They are pathetic.

    March 1, 2014 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  5. dr3yec

    Our President is weak and nothing more than a girly man. Putin always makes the idiot and chief look like a fool.

    March 1, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  6. AnotherView

    From another view this type of 20/20 in hindsight is not up to date.Perhaps this is the point and bravery is perhaps the point,the point in question does not relate to sending a Russian warship to GPS 200 miles off the US coast and 1 in cuban waters.This is wake up point of view with no" smell the coffee nor tea"

    March 1, 2014 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  7. PatDen

    It's predictable that the leftists would mock Palin on an ordinary day, but on one where she was dead right and their guy is clowning around... wow. If that's not faith in their Big Lie, I'm not sure what else is. Now granted, Palin's no prize. I'm not here to defend her. In fact, she's mediocre at best. However, her mediocre is light years superior to the lefties "best of the best". This is simply more evidence for what we already knew.

    March 1, 2014 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  8. AnotherView

    A Russian ship military at the offshore limit for US territorial claims has more meaning and does not need a crystal ball right now just .....

    March 1, 2014 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  9. Doug Fried

    if any person makes public predictions for 6 years straight, every once in awhile, one of those predictions will come true. far more interesting to look at everything else she predicted that never even came close to happening.

    March 1, 2014 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  10. Ron in SC

    Is she opening her mouth again?? Hey, nobody cares what you have to say. You had your 15 minutes. Go away!

    March 1, 2014 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  11. Another View

    With climate change it is not the Ukraine which becomes frightfully important,but the Russian States which she can see breaking away and seeing Alaska in annexation

    March 1, 2014 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  12. Katie

    Bet she still doesn't know where Ukraine is.

    March 1, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  13. Serge Storms

    She can only brag so much. My opinion only, but McCain would have had a better chance of beating Obama if he had selected a more credible candidate for VP.

    March 1, 2014 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  14. Richard

    If you think for a minute that Sarah Palin came up with this foreign policy prediction you are crazy. She read it off a card someone put in front of her.

    March 1, 2014 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  15. bob

    Putin has troops in Eastern Ukraine in the Crmea , which was a part of Russia until the 50's , when Krushchev gave it to Ukraine . The Black Sea Fleet is located in Sevestopol , which is in Crimea .

    This area which Palin is referring to was always a part of Russia.

    March 1, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  16. Pete

    In order to make an accurate prediction, one must have a functional model of how things work. The global climate computers demonstrate predicted global warming, yet for 18 years temperatures are stable, with now a less than 1 in 1000 chance that the models are correct. Palin called this scenerio 5 years ago, because she understood the basic economics of the gas pipelines in the area and the aggressive stance of former KGB Putin. The in ability to admit error, and to minimize those who are correct, has been a growing trend among progressives. A country built on failed theories and 'accepted' lies will not stand with freedom in the balance.

    March 1, 2014 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  17. Name dave

    When the world is about to go to war, its a great time to gut our armed forces.
    Obamas plan is working, collapse our economy, gut our millitery , then we can't help the rest of the world.
    USA. a true 3 rd. World power, thanks Barry, everything's going as planned .
    Just have to get rid of that pesky bill of rights.

    March 1, 2014 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. knight771

    I notice the people who criticize Palin on this only take cheap shots but do not address what she said and the result. That is because like most Democrats and Liberals they don't think for themselves but only follow the lead of the leftist media and pop culture. Any real criticism of what she said then and what is happening now? No? Hmmmm. She was correct about the Death Panels, too, wasn't she?

    March 1, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  19. Staterunmedia

    She was right on two fronts – Russia may invade, and Hussein is too weak to do anything about it. Face it, Putin thinks Obama is a limp wristed fool, and so do we.

    March 1, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  20. Rod

    Tim and Don must be Democratic kool ade drinkers. They attempt to misdirect by ridiculing Palin. So much of what Dems and the media did in 08, but the fact is she was right! If you can't win on facts argue the law, if if you can't win on law, then ridicule! That the Demo/Liberal MO.

    March 1, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  21. Edward Boothe

    The shining light of freedom and Democracy for the world was extinguished Nov 6, 2008, leaving scoundrels like Putin free to enslave therir neighboring countries once again. The world will go into another dark age, just as when Rome fell, the only difference being that this time it will be ushered in by a nuclear war and those who do not die from the bombs will be doomed to exist in a wold covered wih nuclear radiation.

    March 1, 2014 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  22. Rosa

    If Palin were president Russia would still do the same thing they are doing now. I know it is hard for all you self centered egomaniacs to accept, but this has nothing to do with us. It is cause and effect of actions in Ukraine and history with Russia.

    March 1, 2014 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  23. arpiniant

    No by now he would already be king of europe

    Palin for pres in 2016, run Sarah Run,

    March 1, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  24. Tywo

    Palin has no foreign experience at all look at republicans foreign policy from bush

    March 1, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  25. NameFrank Deery

    Sarah was right! Obama's poorly read namby bamby response was appauling. How the Liberal Media can call it "a stern warning" is
    Absurd. He then dashed off to a DNC event, where he was far harsher about Republicans!

    I think it is obvious Obama could care less about issues outside his own sphere of limited expertise: fundraising and "community
    Service" edicts.

    March 1, 2014 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
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