Sarah Palin will never be confused with a Barack Obama supporter. The one-time Republican, Vice Presidential contender has pounced on the current situation in the Ukraine as an opportunity to criticize President Obama. Palin is of the belief that Obama’s weak image has emboldened world leaders to do as they please, such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Palin is now crowing about her prediction six years ago, while she was bashing the President for his handling of a similar crisis in Georgia – a Russian invasion of Georgia’s sovereignty. Many Democrats and Republicans laughed and looked the other way in 2008 when Palin predicted that then-Senator Barack Obama’s reaction of “indecision” and “moral equivalence” to Russia’s invasion of Georgia would warrant an invasion of Ukraine if he became the U.S. president.
During an interview Monday night with Fox News, Palin – in a style that’s all her own – compared and contrasted the perceived images of Putin and Obama.
People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans. Anyone who carries the commonsense gene would know that Putin doesn’t change his stripes. He wants to exert huge power and dominance, so he has to get to those border areas and he has to capture them.
Palin also took to Facebook to spread her message: “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,” Palin wrote last Friday.
Palin’s comments follow criticism from the right over President Obama’s choice of clothing, while he was on the phone with Putin. Photographs show Obama wearing jeans and a denim top. Right leaning pundits have been pointing out that his “outfit” sends a poor message and does not conjure the image of strength needed for the President of the United States.
Palin then laid out her thoughts on why Russia has not hesitated in making aggressive moves in Ukraine:
America is not a country that the rest of the world wants to emulate because of Obama’s weak leadership, leading from behind. Other countries are taking advantage of America’s weakness caused by Obama’s failure to understand peace through strength.
Palin sees this type of behavior as a trend that will continue, until the American people elect a new President. Putin is one of many world leaders, Palin said, who are “finally taking advantage” of the Obama administration’s weakness.
Do you agree with Sarah Palin that Russia invaded Ukraine due in part because of a lack of respect for Barack Obama or fear of United States retaliation?
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