Sarah Palin has never been one to shy away from a chance to speak in a negative light regarding the Obama Administration and prop herself up in the process. The current tensions between Russia and the Ukraine have provided such an opportunity, with Palin taking to social media claiming she foresaw this entire scenario.
Palin is quite fond of social media, using it frequently to get her message out to the teeming masses who hang on Palin’s every word. Here is the Palin statement via Facebook regarding the Ukraine and her perceived omnipotence:
“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. 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. Here’s what this “stupid” “insipid woman” predicted back in 2008: “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.”
These comments from Palin were initially made during the 2008 presidential campaign after she had been plucked from relative obscurity and placed on the Republican ticket with Senator John McCain. Of course the struggles Palin experienced in subsequent interviews have been well documented, and her apparent inability at the time to grasp even the most basic concepts on government and foreign policy caused much consternation for the Republicans and much amusement for the public.
While Palin did make these remarks in reference to Putin and a potential invasion of the Ukraine, it is a bit of a stretch to conclude any cause and effect between Obama’s reaction in 2008 and the current tensions between Russia and the Ukraine. As some pundits have observed, Palin tends to exaggerate some previous claims and ignore others that may not reflect well on her. Also, Palin referred to a Russian invasion of the Ukraine, an event that really has not taken place as of yet. If this is in fact an actual invasion, it is still in its infancy.
If you recall, the Palin reference in an infamous 2008 interview to being neighbors with Russia in Alaska was endlessly derided, including a timely Palin parody by Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live.
Palin prefaced her Facebook screed with a disclaimer about usually not saying “Told-Ya-So”, which does not seem particularly accurate. In any event, Palin’s supporters will no doubt get a lot of mileage out of this prediction if things escalate further in the Ukraine, and Palin herself will likely continue to remind us of her foresight, whether real or imagined, perhaps laying the groundwork for a Sarah Palin presidential run in 2016.