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. Sniffit

    "the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next"

    LOL. Russia is mobilizing its military with respect to Ukraine because Ukraine has become incredibly destabilized, shares a border with Russia and Russia has its own interests in seeing the situation resolved in a certain manner. It has absolutely nothing to do with Jabberwocky Barbie and the GOP/Teatrolls' claims that Obama did or did not react to the situation in Georgia by pulling out his junk and shaking it all about in Putin's face screaming "how you like that, hmmmmm, how you like it?????" Freekin absurd.

    February 28, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. jerrylax

    obama does not have the credentials to run a hot dog stand and he proves it every day…what a mess we have.

    February 28, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. vinny

    aww....all the little leftists don't like that she was right. Butthurt much?

    February 28, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Leeza

    She is a smart lady and I recall her saying this. Obama has no foreign policy other than capitulation. Look at Iran today.

    February 28, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. kogk1943

    If Palin is the "bar", Obama is "underground". He makes tree stumps smart.

    February 28, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. jackie1962

    Obama is a failure as a president. All countries walk all over him like a doormat!!

    February 28, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. rowena

    I would rather have Palin in the Whitehouse versus Obama. I think she would listen to her advisors and she does have a backbone. Obama will listen to his advisors but, he is spineless.

    February 28, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin is delusional and cannot be taken seriously.

    February 28, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Hal

    Well, Palin was right. Obama is the worst President we have ever had and all other countrys hav lost all respect they ever had for us under this administration.

    February 28, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Chuks

    well she did predict it

    February 28, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Tex A. Montana

    A keen observer can read Putin's thoughts when he is pictured with Obama: "If only Irina Rodina (Russian Gold Medalist) was here to stuff a banana in the face of this monkey with a hand grenade". The Boy King is reviled by foreign leaders. Obama's only achievements are imposing a horrible healthcare system and shoveling out food stamps.

    February 28, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. Nathan Greene

    The left was too busy attacking this woman to notice that she's actually right on a lot of things.

    February 28, 2014 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Dick fl

    Obama and his democrats are allowed to be in our government.
    This is the fault of the American people.
    What's next democrats?
    Russian forces invading Israel?
    Obama soros dream I'd say.

    February 28, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Robert Dobson

    According to the Associated Press President Obama "expressed deep concern" and went on to say "there will be costs" for any intervention. Well, that's certainly a keeper! Does President BO have Sasha writing his copy now? Maybe he has John Kerry and the Corps of Civil Engineers out in Rose Garden with their rulers, deciding where to draw the line this time. BO is all blow and no go. Putin needs the Ukraine's resources and energy to foster the resurgence of his own dictatorial, Stalinist, cold-war ideology. Not unlike BO needed his party, and his cronies to have control over 1/6th of the US economy by regulating and nationalizing of our health industry. You'll see little more than smoke and mirrors during the course of this unfortunate crisis.

    February 28, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. SR

    Somebody said "adults are in control", I am wondering where they are hiding, have not seen any for quite a while. Must be in the break room.

    February 28, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Tony

    If McCain had won, World War III most likely would have started, so Russia would not have time to invade Ukraine, assuming that the world still exists.

    February 28, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. I stand alone

    Palin was right. amazing how will the democratic liberals respond? "ooo she's lying" or "she's an idiot." I don't know why anyone would want to be a liberal

    February 28, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. 68mgr

    And what would the Half Governor propose we do NOW to prevent Putin from doing something in his own backyard. How many tens, hundreds or thousands of dead Americans is she willing to sacrifice for...what?

    February 28, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. gphx

    I'm not necessarily a Sarah Palin fan but there is an Alaskan island chain where one can not only see Russian territory, people used to walk across the ice from Alaska to the Russian part of the chain when the sea froze over. Now they are prevented from doing so and family members are separated by national borders and politics. Yes, one can see Russia from Alaska's backyard. Those who make fun of someone for making such a remark are only trumpeting their own ignorance.

    February 28, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Paul B

    In the meantime, there's the President, looking like a frightened deer in the headlights, stuttering about crossing some line that has no meaning. Lucky for him this happened on a Friday so the Lame Streamers can ignore it until Monday and hope Putin finishes his dirty work before then. Then so they can get back to what they do best covering lifestyles of the dysfunctional entertainment cabal and smearing anyone who doesn't buy into the liberal/progressive agenda.

    February 28, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. WI82

    so, she gets one thing right, out of the numerous, numerous, numerous things she did not get right and/or outright falsehoods, and says "I told ya so." pure class that one.

    February 28, 2014 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. jrobinson

    I gotta love all the snarky leftists who come all the way here to re-assure us that Palin really is dumb – even though the entire article vindicates her, proves her right, and shows that Obama and the other Progressives and all their "smart power" are really, really, dumb. What everyone should be asking is "why is it so important for the Left to make us believe Palin is dumb – even with blatantly obvious evidence to the contrary?"

    February 28, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Baron

    I am a Republican, but the only reason Palin knows about Russia and Ukraine is because they are close to Alaska

    February 28, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. putupjob

    You obama dummies better start listening.
    Obama, through Kerry, abrogated the Monroe Doctrine about 6 weeks ago that went essentially unreported.
    Now Putin is moving into eight countries with Naval Power and Strategic Bombers.
    Putin may have deals in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua. All you smarties will just snicker at this, I'm sure.
    That's because you are foolish neophytes when it comes to foreign policy.

    This hemisphere has been inviolate since President Monroe. Obama unilaterally decided not to defend this hemisphere any longer. Putin has accepted his surrender.

    So sit back, go back to SNL, make fun of Palin and stop and think how stupid you really are.

    February 28, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Darrell44

    OH yes she knows everything about everything...she could not remember the newspapers she read when asked. For those of you who want that bimbo as President you can have her. The rest of us sane people will stick with someone else.

    February 28, 2014 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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