Former GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin predicted in 2008 that Russia might invade Ukraine if then-Sen. Barack Obama became president and "high-brow" Foreign Policy magazine mocked her for it.
But as concerns continue to mount over whether or not Russia intends to launch an assault on Ukraine's besieged new government, Palin is making no apology for her recent "Told-Ya-So" response to critics who dismissed her as a "stupid," "insipid woman" when she made the comments.
"Yes, I could see this one from Alaska," wrote Palin in a post on her Facebook page last Friday.
"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," she recalled.
In the Foreign Policy article 'Russia might invade Ukraine if Obama wins, Palin warns,' Blake Hounshell, who is now deputy editor at Politic magazine, wrote:
As we've said before, this is an extremely far-fetched scenario. And 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. Watch the upcoming parliamentary elections in December to see if Moscow gets the pliable new government it wants.
The New York Times reported Monday:
The Interfax-Ukrainian news agency quoted an unidentified Ukrainian Defense ministry official as saying Russia's Black Sea Fleet commander had set a deadline of 5 a.m. Tuesday — 10 p.m. Monday Eastern time — for Ukrainian forces stationed in Crimea to lay down their weapons. But Russia's Interfax news agency said the Black Sea Fleet had no such plans.
Palin's post on her prediction has since been shared on Facebook more than 17,000 times since Friday and attracted more than 4,000 comments, and most are supportive.
"You were right Governor Palin, you have been right about everything. You were the only one ever to get close to the White House who has shopped at Walmart," wrote Stewart Mellyn.
"I voted for you, Sarah! Only wish McCain would be half the man you are! God Bless you!" noted Paul Stierwalt.