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. Bill inVA

    You can ridicule all you want but she has a point.

    February 28, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Ronnie

    If Mrs. Palin is a 25 IQ, add Joe Biden's and we're almost up to 30.

    February 28, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. labillyboy

    As bad as Palin would be... we now know that Obama is even worse... Talk about fiddling while Rome burns... Obama is golfing in Palm Springs, making goofy jogging videos, while sending Mrs. Heinz's husband John out to get his lunch money taken away by the Iranians, Syrians, Russians..

    Amateur hour in the White House... you'd think they would have improved even a little, over 5 years...

    February 28, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. santosaint

    Pretty much I'm not a politician, I am not a civil servant, I have nothing to do with government, journalism or social media. I guess I might as well live in Alaska as far away I stay removed from the world.

    I will tell you one thing...with this government (Executive branch, Legislative branch & Judicial branch) I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE ALL THE TRAIN WRECKS COMING FROM A LONG WAY OFF. If you haven't been able to see them, maybe you are part of the whole problem.

    February 28, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Greggy

    Foreign Policy Magazine has epic egg all over their face. Those comments, 'an extremely far-fetched scenario' and "a strange prediction", should haunt the supposed "experts" at FPM for the next decade, and they should be reminded of their epic wrongness frequently. Apparently the "object of their derision" was a lot more prescient than the wonky experts. But look at the Palin-hating commenters – when presented with black and white proof that Palin was right on this, they STILL can't admit it and just give a little credit where it's obviously due. Many of Palin's enemies are too small for that...

    February 28, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. JTodd

    I am dismayed at some of the responses above. While I am not a huge Palin fan, I think she has been ridiculed without mercy by the media and the Hollywood crowd. If you have any credibility as a commentator you should be admitting that she was right in her prediction. Then you should begin to hope very seriously that there is a peaceful way out of this.

    February 28, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. gunnyginalaska

    Wow, Palin was right and the big brain libtards were wrong...again.

    Watching the pResident in the WH flail like a little girl against Putin is pretty funny.

    February 28, 2014 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Quanah Parker

    I'm afraid Sarah scares the pants off most coastal liberals and especially the progressive, neo-socialist, girly-men & women who call themselves "journalists" these days. Obama's impotent "WARNING" to Russia is pathetic. And "What difference does it make at this point?" quote another member of this amaturish democrat cabal. Sarah would take Vladimir's lunch money, but can you imagine a face-to-face between Obama and Putin. Barack would wet himself.

    February 28, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. izzilizzi

    What was the value of Palin's remark? I could take notice if she was in a position to influence Putin to back off. Failing that, put a sock in it Sarah!

    February 28, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. JSW

    Why the snarky comments? Is the only way to prop up the lying Demos and OBAMA FAILURES is to ignore people who were correct and thoughtful. Obama is a prop – a joke

    February 28, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Gary

    So she is " excited" that Russia invaded the Ukraine. So sad.

    February 28, 2014 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Robert

    Yes, she got it right. Sucks to be one of her detractors today.

    February 28, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. gobnait

    It's too bad that many people can't bring themselves to admit that they were wrong about Obama and wrong about Palin.

    February 28, 2014 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Mike

    These snarky liberals are too in love with Obama, the one man nation destroyer, to give Palin any credit whatsoever.

    They're nothing more than petulant school children, without the grade school knowledge.

    February 28, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Ringo

    Sadly, Mrs. Palin was correct. It is clear President Obama does not have the respect from most parts of the world that would have prevented an incursion like this. And once again he has "warned" another country with nothing to back it up. Pretty soon, you look up and understand that no matter how many time Chicken Little says it, the sky is not falling. The words then have no meaning, which is where we find ourselves today. May as well been another "red line".

    February 28, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. JakeF

    Ultimately, Crimea will be absorbed by Russia while the Ukraine will become part of the EU.

    Relax. Everybody wins here.

    February 28, 2014 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Desertrat

    She's way ahead of Obama, Clinton and Kerry for foreign-policy smarts. The Ineptocracy piddled away five billion dollars to foment the rebellion, and "our" people in the Ukraine have already been run off from any political power by the neo-Nazis.

    February 28, 2014 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  18. Red

    So Obama's indecision caused this invasion. What did Bush do to cause the 2008 Georgia invasion? Bush was a tough guy but yet Russia cared less when they invaded Georgia. Bush's own quote shook Moscow to the core: "Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century."

    Palin made some offhand comment and her cultic disciples will parade her as the high priestess and prophetess.

    February 28, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Rocky road

    And Romney warned of Russian aggression in 2012 and Obama mocked him. Obama has destroyed our relationships with every country around the globe. An unmitigated disaster, both domestically and internationally. For those who voted to the elect this failure, I wish you all nothing but disaster.

    February 28, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. Wes

    Palin makes the uhbama look like a third grader.

    February 28, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Cat

    Frank Will, you may very well be right. Here we have been breaking down our military, with Obama promising even more reductions, while Russia and China are building theirs up, and Iran thumbs its nose at us while continuing to expand its nuclear program. Somebody in Washington had better come to their senses, or God help us.

    February 28, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Chris

    The Amateur in chief (Obama) is clueless when it comes to foreign policy. Putin will once again display how ignorant this president is and walk all over him. 2016 cannot come too soon.

    February 28, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. will

    The snarky media bashed Sarah Palin, who had a good record as governor, but gave that community organizer (whatever that is) a pass.

    February 28, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. TJG

    The lack of respect the world has for Obama is embarrassing.

    February 28, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. gerry

    Really surprised CNN is reporting this. They may start getting free publicity from the complainer in chief.

    February 28, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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