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. ounceoflogic

    Most of the commenters here seem to prefer to make stale old "Palin" jokes rather than look at the weak, weak man that they elected president.

    March 1, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. dencal26

    Sarah was right about this and many other things

    March 1, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. GI Joe

    If Palin was president Putting would have invaded the U.S. 7 years ago while she and her twin id!ots (McCain/Graham) were busy fighting Iran.

    March 1, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. GI Joe

    I hate autocorrect - Putin.

    March 1, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. jj

    She was exactly right.

    We have an unqualified, spineless nincompoop community organizer vs. Head of KGB.

    Gee, we never saw that coming in 2008. Crazy conservatives.

    March 1, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Anonymous

    :Tampa Tim: But fortunatel for us, adults are in charge, not the junior high" I told you so " ers."

    Yeah, we're so fortunate to have this master of foreign policy in charge, right Obama worshippers?

    March 1, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. deathtotraitors

    Political theater. Obama told Medvedev to inform Putin that when he is re-elected he (Hussein Muslim Obama) would "be able to get more done". All caught on open mic. Hussein O. and Putin are on the same team here, this is what most do not comprehend. Hussein O. may very well attempt to stay around beyond his 8th year, and he will permit Russia and China to invade us if he does.

    March 1, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Rich

    Obama is a know nothing, do nothing, anti-American, communist, racist liar.

    March 1, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. DP

    Tampa Tim – the adults who are in charge are the problem and not the solution.

    March 1, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. ron silva

    why in the world would anyone in their right mind listen to this crackpot.people like this,are the the reason were the the position we are in.i am 71 years old and ive never seen such idiots in my life.

    March 1, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. roundabout77

    Oh, the fact she claims she anticipated tensions between Russia and Ukraine gave her foreign policy cred. That's funny. She couldn't name a world leader. Did she also anticipate tensions between the Koreas or with China or Israel with Hezbollah as well. She's better off on the sidelines pontificating about nothing

    March 1, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Iliad

    Obama is nothing but a joke to foreign leaders. He and his administration have zero credibility. Everyone knows he doesn't have the experience or ability to deal with Russia.

    March 1, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. observationdeck

    We are paying the price for electing a rank, unvetted, amateur to the office of President. Sarah Palin had run a state. Obama had run his mouth.

    March 1, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Pillpoppinpuppy

    With 20/20 hindsight, Palin would have been dramatically superior to Obama as president.

    March 1, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. oscar

    Wow! She got ONE thing right. Gold star for you little Sarah.

    March 1, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Charlie Barr

    Let me get this straight. Which I am by the way. 28 years of continuous sobrieity "By The Grace of God". Some people are saying that a good holy mother who has raised good kids with love and who hunts and fishes and was governor of a state and is generally everything good about an American (not to mention quite good looking) is a moron. While the lying wretch of a man who stands for and does nothing good, so far, And is the complete embodiment of all that is despised about America e.g. takes from the middle class and gives to the rich and is beholding only to those who will kick back a vote (not to mention he looks like Howdy Doody) is intelligent. Those who criticized Sarah Palin above have exposed yourselves.

    March 1, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. malice420dotcom

    She also told you about the Death Panels now in full swing.
    The msm needs a brick wall salute.


    March 1, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. digger

    Too bad we've got children running the adminsitration otherwise had Palin been in charge, Putin wouldn't be so quick to expand his totalitarian state but since we've got obama and his SNL sidekick Biden in charge the world laughs as America diminishes its power. Had obama been vetted by the media he would have never been president and likely been what Clinton said "this guy would have been carrying our bags.' So typical of the racist left.

    March 1, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Mike

    Right now Palin looks like an intellectual heavyweight compared to her critics who's only response is STILL "Oh yeah... well she's a stupid head!"!!

    March 1, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. sby1977

    Look at the pseudo-intellectual (BIGOT) liberals on here attacking Palin. Trust me, I could care less about Sarah, but she does make good points on occasion. Liberals hate her over her rural Alaskan culture. So who are the narrow minded people in this debate? The liberals!

    March 1, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. morphy699

    notice how many low IQ liberals still don't understand how INEXPERIENCED BO still is!!

    March 1, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. salty dog

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day!

    March 1, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Tim

    Palin may be easy to mock, but her instincts are good. Romney is also on record as having warned about Russian aggression. Obviously, dishonest people refuse to acknowledge the truth, particularly when spoken by conservatives.

    March 1, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. RenardDuRoi

    Obama is great on foreign policy if you need someone to squirm into a room full of real leaders and give a one-kneed apology for US Exceptionalism. The effectiveness of a foreign policy focused on boot-licking leaves something to be desired when it comes to dealing with the aggressive likes of an Assad or Putin.

    March 1, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Mollie.H

    Sarah with her 155 IQ
    Put fear in the hearts of American and Foreign Democratic Socialists.
    Putin and other cowards would not be so brave.
    I look forward to the Palin/Cruz ticket
    so we can begin the cleansing.

    March 1, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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