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. Steven

    The leftists are the greatest enemy to the USA.

    March 1, 2014 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. pking1

    It's obvious we have a weak president who has done nothing but flounder in the world arena.

    March 1, 2014 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  3. jack

    The stupidity of liberals is unequaled

    March 1, 2014 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  4. LogicRules

    Coming from a woman who rewrote Paul Revere's ride...lets not start score-keeping...its not even close

    March 1, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    She is just plain stupid. She needs to act like a grown up woman–not like a girl in high school. She saw from roof?

    March 1, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  6. Oudbob

    Sooner or later, people will understand that Palin was and is the right one to elect; not the useless, clueless, Marxist presently in office.

    March 1, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. LogicRules

    Obama predicted he'd capture Osama Bin Laden and got no love from the excuse me while I yawn at Sarah Palin self proclamation

    March 1, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  8. Timothy

    I recall during one of the debates Obama scolding Romney for labeling Putin/Russia our number one enemy.

    The community organizer referred to it as "old" thinking.

    Today we have the Russian support for nuclear in Iran, the carnage in Syria, the invasion and occupation of the Ukraine, Russian warships in Havana. Russian perception Obama is a laughingstock which he is.

    March 1, 2014 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  9. Dare Tuitt

    The professional sneer-do-wells will never believe that Sarah can do anything of substance because they hate women. The socialist-progressives have had a war on women for decades (BTW-they also hate children, which is why they fight so hard to keep the 'right' to kill them in the womb). But here Mrs. Palin is correct – again – and the progressives can only react with smears. So predictable they have become! So feeble in their governance! So fascist in their press. So sad.

    March 1, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. Bud

    Palin was right! The libs hate smart conservative women that can think for themselves. Mr. Obama is considered weak by foreign leaders. I would rather have Sarah Palin leading the charge than Mr. Obama. Even the people in the US view Mr. Obama as very weak.

    March 1, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  11. LibertyIsOurs

    Democrats will never admit their faults and errors, even to the point of losing our rights and eventually our nation. That's why our family bought land and will get away from this society they've taken over. We don't need them for a damn thing, we will be able to make or grow everything we need. So long suckers. Last person left, please turn off the light.

    March 1, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  12. bpante

    She also said there would be death panels. She didn't realize Obamacare would kill off people before they ever got to the death panels.

    March 1, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  13. bill

    and yet again Palin is 100% correct while the liberals look like fools.
    Palin has been right on every single issue while Obama and the democrats have lied and been wrong.
    Obamacare, stimulus spending, foreign policy, arab spring, job growth she has always been right.

    Guess this is why the media always has to tell you how smart democrats are. Nobody would every come to that conclusion watching them.

    March 1, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  14. Russ

    Oh shut up Sara. The American people are tired of fighting and paying for more wars. We are tired of trying to be the global power or the voice. Let the regional wars be taken care of by someone else for once. I want investment right here at home.

    March 1, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  15. John Jacobson

    Even an intellectually challenged bimbo like Palin occasionally stumbles across a guess that is partially true. Her sports journalism degree that she acquired in only 6 years from a 3rd rate university speaks volumes.

    Sure hope she runs for Prez in 16, so she can show the world what a world class thinker she is.

    March 1, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  16. Mountain Queen

    It's time for pro-Americans, the right, to say "I told you so" whenever possible. This is also important in everyday life because the only ones that don't want to hear those words are those who were wrong in the first place. The theme of not telling others when they are wrong is a ploy by the psycho babble human secularists that want to think they live in some type of euphoria that doesn't exist.

    March 1, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. AJ

    The establishment media viciously attacks this woman time and again, that fact alone makes me like her. The fact that everyone is out to get her is a clear signal that she is a real person versus fake cutouts like Obama and Biden.

    March 1, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  18. reggie53

    Obama is a inadequate leader and that is why Putin is walking all over him. Obama has the words but there is no action behind them. He is the typical weakling and we Americans voted for him!!!!! We are really becoming a weak nation and soon we will be considered a third world country. Thank you Obama...your agenda is on the right path. Democrats have really fooled us. They found a weak leader and they used him to get their agenda.

    March 1, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  19. WillB

    She would have done what?? She forgot to predict it then, and can't think of it now.

    March 1, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. mikenat

    So Palin the past governor of one of the least populated states resigns runs for VP and now is an expert on foreign policy? Seems she now is simply making a living from speeches while spouting her nonsense

    March 1, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. VoxPaladin

    Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then and a broken clock is right twice a day. I suppose that gives Palin a slim chance to guess right once a decade or so.

    March 1, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  22. RAL

    Finally some begin to see the light Sarah Palin isn't the uninformed as Obama is. Got to give him credit he sure fooled a lot of his Party... Now they are seeing the Light I Told You is a fair comment for Palin she deserves more credit that she ever got. Too bad she & McCain weren't elected or Romney we may have saved face with Russia instead of Putin laughing in Obamas Face.. Just 3 years to next election and I hope some fools don't elect Hi
    llary or as Reagan said There We Go Again!!!! For Goodness sake Voters! Think then Vote. Don't Vote than regret!! Been there done that OBAMA.....

    March 1, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. Daniel Petry

    I'm reading the Obamanistas posts and am no longer surprised by the blatant ignorance and hate displayed. Here is a clue...she called it right and this small little excuse of a president (small p) runs around pontificating about red line this and red line that. Weak. Narcistic. Ineffectual.

    March 1, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. Shrugged

    Palin may not have "won" here since it was so long ago and so many had their last laugh on her for so long.
    No, she did not win . . .BUT CNN, SNL, AND ALL OF MEDIA MOST CERTAINLY LOST.
    If the last 6 months of Obama hasn't convinced you he is an america hating communist out to destroy the economic engine of free enterprise, then you are lost too.

    March 1, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  25. Common sense

    It sure would be different. Putin wouldn't have to invade Ukraine ( which he hasn't by the way) because Russia would own the USA. Saying Putin has invaded Ukraine is like saying the USA has invaded Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Pakistan, all places we have un-requested troops. Depending how you look at it Russian troops have been requested in the Ukraine.

    March 1, 2014 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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