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. Leslie

    The important thing is not that Palin is right but rather that many so-called experts in the media are given more respect than they deserve.

    February 28, 2014 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. AC

    Certainly in major international matters, Palin matters.

    February 28, 2014 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. walt

    Pailin has been derided for being naive and uniformed, but she sounds a lot smarter now than the man we elected.

    February 28, 2014 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Sal

    She is certainly no intellectual. However, her evaluation of the situation was based on common sense.....something lacking in the White House.

    February 28, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  5. Bart

    Ignorant woman

    February 28, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. crazydog

    America is in as precarious of a position as it has ever been in. The emperor has no clothes and the media is complicit in his nakedness. The Olympic Games sure has a Berlin 1936 feel.

    February 28, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Who the hell cares if you were right. Sarah, no one really cares for you, probably not even many in your own family. Go away, and please stay away.

    February 28, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Larry

    Palin has a 70% endorsement win rate. She is back at Fox because she is great for the ratings. She has a new show on the Sportsman Channel. Palin still gets high speaking rates and book sales.

    So are her critics as smart and savvy as Palin. No they are just so jealous they won't give her credit.

    Did you know she was National Honor Society in school. Were you?

    February 28, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Alan


    If Palin were president we would not be in this mess foreign or domestic. Obama is beyond an incompetent failure and is "brain trust" are the Marx brothers.

    February 28, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. KarakachanKen

    Hey Bassman, I totally agree with you!

    February 28, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  11. Bruce Jonathan Fick

    And we told you NO ! Even a broken clock has to behave correctly once a day. " Anyone capable
    of getting themselves elected president should be running away from the job, not toward it "

    February 28, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. donnie

    the left has no arguments left.Their boy-king is a pathetic,ignorant fool.THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ELECT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER and put him up against a KGB colonel.childish name calling Sarah Palin is all they got

    February 28, 2014 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. brd893

    Must we continue to listen to this half-idiot? She has had her 15 minutes and it is time for her to go. She and the clown Cheney should go find an asteroid and move there. Take Rafael Edward Cruz.

    February 28, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. Allen Ross

    I have two bumper stickers on my car. One says, "TEA" the other, "Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah Palin". They have been there since 2010 and I'm not removing them anytime soon.

    February 28, 2014 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. John

    It was the GOP under Bush who said Putin could be trusted. Now they want to blame Obama for everything. GOP are totally useless and haven't got a clue about foreign policy. They got the U.S. in 2 useless wars while Russia sat back and watched American resources go down the drain not to mention lives lost and the tens of thousands wounded in wars of choice.

    February 28, 2014 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. nuclear mike

    Palin does not require any credentials for expressing her predictions on Pres. Obama's inability to act on serious foreign policy matters regarding China & Russia...Obama is his own worst enemy as Putin out maneuvers him at every turn as Sochi is now a distant memory compared to the Ukraine crisis...

    February 28, 2014 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Rich d

    The left only knows what the mainstream media tells em. Mainstream = coolaid

    February 28, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. WallyG47

    It only took Obama 5 years to destroy America....I hope Putin and Xi send him a big "well done mission accomplished fellow traveler" banner!

    February 28, 2014 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. melvin flecher

    We would have been SO FAR AHEAD if we had elected Sarah Palin............
    People would have jobs.
    We would not be in so much debt.
    The Nation would have petroleum.
    People would be happy.
    We would have our own doctors.

    February 28, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Joseph

    Palin is stronger than Putin, she would rip him in negotiations.

    February 28, 2014 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. Rightster

    Georgia thought we would come to their rescue after they attacked Russia, not the other way around.

    February 28, 2014 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. RichardLB

    Bahahahahaha. Oh I needed a good laugh today. Thanks!

    February 28, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  23. The Truth

    She was right. So was Romney. Obama is what happens when we get an affirmative action potus.

    February 28, 2014 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  24. Stevie

    As if she knows anything more than Barrack Hussein Obama ya' all.

    February 28, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. EDT

    "bragging rights"?! Sad that our "brilliant" press, along with our "smartest man in the room" pres don't grasp the enormity of this action taken by russia

    February 28, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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