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."

From Russia, no love for Yanukovych

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soundoff (512 Responses)
  1. George

    After reading the comments from the CNN crowd I now understand why they have 758 viewers a night. Sarah is a leader. Obobo is a failure in every aspect of his dictatorship.

    February 28, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Forest

    WWPD? So what would Palin do?

    February 28, 2014 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. robo145

    The most underrated woman in American politics is again proven prophetic.Meanwhile the most over-rated is getting botox for her aged,haggard face and undoubtedly agreed with Foreign Policy.......

    February 28, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Wes

    Seems like it's hard to argue that Palin made a lucky guess, when she actually said, "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."
    Our foreign policy around the world looks like one of self-inflicted weakness.
    President Obama said he wanted to fundamentally transform America. He did.

    February 28, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. not buying it

    I see there are still lefties who think Palin said she could see Russia from her house. The fact that SNL said it makes the lefty LIV's that much more ignorant. They believed an SNL skit.

    It's nice for CNN to put words in Palin's mouth. Palin, in all honesty, is probably sick that she was right. Like all of us who knew what Obama is.

    February 28, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. PS

    Any golf courses in Ukraine? Then the community organizer isn't interested.

    February 28, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Brian

    Good for her.
    Unfortunately this nation is run by the community organizing moron.

    February 28, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. not buying it

    Good ole Democrat Clinton agreed to protect the Ukraine from Russian invasion, if they would just give up their nukes.

    Clinton, along with the Brits.

    Good going Slick Willy.

    February 28, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Palin is a lot smarter than the Dems think she is.

    February 28, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Dr Nick R.

    Don't look at me. I never viewed "Community Organizer" as a qualification to be POTUS. A Governor, otoh....

    Oh well, shoulda coulda woulda if outfits like CNN had done their jobs in 2008. Now we're stuck with a guy who makes Palin look like Lord friggin' Acton.

    February 28, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Will

    Palin is a bright lady. I don't think she is the next great conservative thinker. But it is sad the way she was treated by Obama voters. She and the country deserved better than that. And she is much better than Biden.

    February 28, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. mrmanhattan

    Why doesn't she just swim over to Russia from her house and do something about it?

    February 28, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Will

    Bob gates said Biden has been wrong on every foreign policy issue in the last 40 years. I would much rather have Palin in there.

    February 28, 2014 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. majorscrewup

    Call Candy Cowley. Obama needs backup!

    February 28, 2014 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. JTanner

    Darn you, McCain. Seriously. How could you have done this to your own country?

    February 28, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Blaster

    Adults are in charge huh? Really? The world s FALLING APART RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR EYES. Yes the adults are in charge. HOW COMFORTING FORMTHE HUMAN RACE.

    February 28, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. Andrew in Toronto

    So where is your President tonight? I understand he's fund-raising again. Is that appropriate?

    February 28, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Ratified1791

    There is a reason the left attacks this mother of five from Alaska every waking minute of every day for longer than our battle against the Nazis in WWII....

    "...Not only was Palin not discredited by the emails, but they exposed to the public a competent leader and a rather decent human being..." – NY Post

    "Emails show Sarah Palin is bright, writes better than Obama" – Oregon Catalyst

    "Sarah Palin's emails: Annoyingly gaffe-free" – LA Times

    February 28, 2014 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Tom

    "Well, actually, my campaign-financed history teacher...umm, I mean..CONSULTANT advised me to tell so...So, there. Take that, Obama. I can afford a consultant, now, so I don't appear as imbecilic as you all know me to be."

    February 28, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. TheBob

    The ditsy beauty pageant airhead is having delusions of statesmanship again. Somebody needs to keep her locked up in Alaska and unplug her internet cable.

    February 28, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. shaun

    Can she see the Ukraine from Alaska?

    February 28, 2014 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. tu3031

    Ha Ha Ha...oh, Sarah Palin!!
    And yet, what she said might happen appears to be happening...Explain to me again how stupid she is, OK, geniuses?

    February 28, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. JeninNC

    An "uncontested arrival"? That's what CNN is calling this invasion?

    February 28, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Steve

    Hillary take on Ukraine: "what does it really matter?!"

    February 28, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Pismopal

    Funny how Obama supporters cast aspersions about the IQ of his detractors. I am not sure whether to laugh or cry.

    February 28, 2014 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
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