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. Tumbleweed

    Palin was right, the corrupt Democrats were Wrong!

    February 28, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. noseitall

    No wonder Obama is so thin.
    Putin has been eating his lunch for years.

    February 28, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Hal

    A police officer once told me that if you act weak and unsure of yourself you will find yourself in many more fights then those that act strong and in control.

    February 28, 2014 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. sick of republican phonies

    frank will says "If Palin was president, Putin would not be invading."
    Yeah, he'd be on the floor laughing.

    February 28, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. hongryhawg

    Sarah Palin is right about so much. Her spit has more sense than the pretender.

    February 28, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. marxist hunter

    Unfortunately Barack Obama's only real achievement is bogarting the joint as it was passed around. This elitist empty suit needs to do something epic like getting a giant RESET BUTTON so the world can take him seriously. hehehe. Sarah Palin has been mocked by you Marxist cowards as an idiot , while she has shown far greater judgement than all you "usefull idiots" combined. She has taken your lunch money and slapped you fools upside the head . how sweet it is

    February 28, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Peter

    Mr Obama will send a stern letter which will frighten Russia and they will withdraw..... because of his stern letters to Iran and Syria... that ought to do it!

    February 28, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. scott

    GUess she has a little more smarts then that buffoon Obama, nothing but a weak little leader trying to play big man.

    February 28, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Jimmy Dick

    The Obumbler drew a yellow line for Russia.

    February 28, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Freedom's Bell

    Obama can't get anything right about his own administration and liberals think Palin has a low IQ?

    February 28, 2014 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. John Adams

    Mrs Palin is right again. As a matter of fact, I challenge any of the commenters here to come up with one thing that she has ever said that was wrong.Go ahead and try. You'll never come up with such blatant lies as what we have for leadership now. Defend your "If you like your plan" liar all you want but you will never discover a lie from the very honest Mrs Palin. Her predictions to date have been spot on. Her analysis impeccable. Go ahead.Try and respond to this post with honest and reasonable rebuttal. I challenge you.

    February 28, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Dan

    Hey Sarah-How do you plan on paying for all this intervention?Increase the debt?Install a war tax?So much you your debt reduction claims.Tea party claims of wanting smaller government and less taxes is a fraud and a ruse.

    February 28, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. justbeamensch

    Palin, Christie, Cruz, Rubio, etc. All passengers in the GOP clown car. They should never be allowed in the vicinity of real people making important decisions.

    February 28, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Sue

    The people of Ukraine can see Russia from their houses.

    February 28, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Jimmy

    Always amusing to see the haters come out to insult Palin. She's been governor of a state and all the haters claim to be smarter than her. LOL.

    February 28, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. scootie

    You tell 'em Caribou Barbie!

    February 28, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Kris

    Palin's base answer: "Let's invade Russia."

    February 28, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. Swedish Cheif

    She saw Ukraine from her house...

    February 28, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. Dan

    Unfortunately for us, Obama and the kiddy patrol are in charge at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Palin has more gavitas in her little finger than Obama has in his whole body.

    February 28, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. chesterar

    Sarah Palin *may* be having a bragging rights moment. ??

    CNN–sore losers

    She IS having it.

    February 28, 2014 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. tommeister

    Actually Palin was right about the panels and the rationing of Health care etc, etc, etc and of course the leftist cowards can't look at the facts about Obysmal, they need to talk about anything else. This is just the latest thing she was right about and REMEMBER Romney warned Obysmal as well about Russia and the coward in chief said "The 80's called, they want their foreign policy back", uh, uh, uh, uh Obysmal, Romney was right and Hilarity, how is that reset going?

    February 28, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Mav

    Palin consistently outclasses and out thinks Obama which is why there is such a concerted effort to personally attack her by the liberals.

    February 28, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Tony in Maine

    Duddioman – Princess Sarah was the Alaska Governor for 2 years, most of which were spent running around running her mouth. She was then, is now and forever will be a self serving ideologue with the brains of a pit viper.

    February 28, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Inquisitive

    The fact remains, she was right. She is more of a man than Obama is. We would be safer if she was President.

    February 28, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. leek

    Thanks Palin, but it is too late – and I don't think you will ever surface so high again. It was a grave mistake in 2008.

    February 28, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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