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Sarah Palin: ‘Told Ya About the Ukraine, I Could See it From Alaska’

Sarah Palin is having her moment in the sun after a 2008 prediction about the Ukraine made have come true.

At a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada on Oct. 21, 2008, Palin warned that if Obama was elected his inexperience would lead to a Russian invasion of the Ukraine.

“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.”

At the time, Palin’s campaign inspired prediction was denounced as “strange” and “far-fetched” by Foreign Policy, which emphasized that “given how Russia has been able to unsettle Ukraine’s pro-Western government without firing a shot, I don’t see why violence would be necessary to bring Kiev to heel.”

Yet, six years later, Ukrainian authorities are now mustering troops and claiming Russia has declared war on the state while Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned that the crisis, “will end with the new revolution. With new blood.” So suddenly, it appears, Palin’s foreign policy knowledge she gained from living “next door” to Russia may have paid off.

“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” she gloated  on Facebook, aiming fire at the criticism she received in 2008 when journalists pointed out New York was actually closer to Moscow than Anchorage.

The former half-term Alaska governor and Vice-Presidential nominee added, “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 response to the post, Mark Adams said it about time America wakes up to the fact Palin has been right all along. “Sarah Palin has been right on many occasions from death panels to the Arab Spring to rare earth metals…Just to name a few. She was also right about common core.”

Not all though, were convinced, that Palin is truly a political prophet. “This is silly. Palin was not mocked for suggesting that Putin might move to invade Ukraine. That danger was/is widely acknowledged by nearly everyone with half a brain,” Carl Capotorto said. “She was mocked because she held up Alaska’s relative physical proximity to Russia as evidence of her readiness to handle foreign policy. Let’s try a bit harder to keep it real, folks.”

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore



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