Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin Were Right about Russia

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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“After all, you don’t call Russia our No. 1 enemy — not Al-Qaida, Russia — unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War mind warp,” Obama said, alluding to Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Said Romney: “This is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe. They fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors. The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed.

Silly, right? And even sillier.

In October 2008, then-Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin warned that Putin, having been motivated by Obama’s lack of response to the Russian invasion of Georgia, would proceed to invade Ukraine if then-Senator Obama was elected to the presidency.

“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.”

Foreign Policy dismissed this warning as “strange” and “far-fetched.”

What were the odds of that happening? Bring on the Tina Fey routines.

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.”

Unfortunately geopolitics isn’t determined by Saturday Night Live routines, or rather it’s only determined by them in very decadent democracies that run on bread and circuses.

Soft power doesn’t work. Power works.

Sarah Palin, that ridiculous dunce, the woman that reams of political commentators warned the public was too stupid to know anything, knew more about international politics than the New York Times and the Washington Post did, never mind a certain crooked Chicago State Senator whose time had come.

Conservatives have a history of correctly predicting world events. Their enlightened leftist opponents have a track record of predicting sunshine and international law and being surprised when they get ten inches of snow and a world war.

Obama kept cutting the military and bluffing internationally. It turns out that Putin doesn’t bluff. Liberal blogs meanwhile are sighing in relief that McCain didn’t win otherwise “we would be at war with Russia.”

If McCain had won, he could actually have bluffed Putin. Obama can’t. The inability to bluff means that you have no choice but to make good on your threats or submit.

War is averted by strength, not by weakness. True believers in diplomacy have dragged nations into war where warmongers would have averted disaster.

  • De Doc

    At this point I think its fair to assume that Obama has never bothered to read or even considered reading Sun Tsu’s, “The Art of War”.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      He thinks Sun Tsu wrote a guide to alternative medicine

      • tickletik

        In a way, that’s accurate

    • truebearing

      Obama couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag. He can’t throw a baseball like a man either. What a disaster.

      • De Doc

        I think we should start calling him President Urkel. In Obama’s case he’s just as bumbling, but not near so smart.

    • Steeloak

      He was too busy reading Alinsky and Marx.

  • truebearing

    That sums it up nicely.

    For someone so dumb, who didn’t even go to an Ivy League school (gasp!), Palin sure does manage to frequently arrive at the right conclusions, while her self-appointed superiors are blundering around in a self-important ideological fog.

    The Palin critics will never relent, even after she has repeatedly made them look like fools, including some in the Republican Party. The Left thinks Palin is stupid because they think anyone who disagrees with them is stupid, and because she has a tendency to speak in run-on sentences. She is clearly intelligent and equally clearly a very competent executive. She also has morals, which should be more important to American voters than it is. I’d vote for her anyday.

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    • NYgal

      I agree with you completely.

      • antioli

        Me too.

    • thebiglechowski

      naw, i don’t think people who disagree with my politics are stupid simply because of that, it’s her inexplicable reasoning, simplifying of complex issues down to bubblegum politics, repeated stumbling over current and historical facts, made up words, blind nationalism, hypocrisy and misinformed comments that make me think she’s stupid.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    They were right about a lot of things. If the media had done its job, the truth of things would have been fairly portrayed….Let’s not forget Palin’s claim about obamacare death panels!

  • Ken Martin

    Obama is an inept, incompetent Chicago punk and a communist. How he got elected is beyond comprehension. The level of ignorance and plain stupidy, and the number of greedy parasites in this country is unbelievable.

    • Gerry

      Thbe rest of the world comprehends how he was “elected”.

  • antioli

    If the Americans in LA were besieged and bombarded by the Mexican Army would our government step in and save us?
    Is Putin still occupying Georgia?

    The present rulers of the Ukraine achieved power by pulling a Putsch . They have no legitimate right. The present Rulers of the Ukraine were put in power by the violent “David Duke” faction of the protestors.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Great sum up of Palin and Romney’s reality of Russia.
    Several days ago Googled Romney’s comments and the
    reaction from the MSM , their belittling and attacks in
    general of Mitt’s comments in debate & CNN on Russia, same
    as they did to Palin in 08.
    What is worse, those who did not believe Mitt was Pure enough to be Pres. so sat at home or voted third party to give us Obama for 4 more years.

  • brigin

    Funny they never predicted the west funding a neo-fascist coup in the Ukraine.

  • Dallas25305

    The fact that Sarah Palin has more brains in her little finger than Obama has in his whole Marxist-Islamist body is no surprise to me. However the American Liberal Socialist media destroyed her life and future at the behest of Chairman Obozo and the Liberal Socialist Democrap party. So her being right is a mote point now.

    • lyndaaquarius

      Sarah Palin’s “life and future” were not destroyed. She’s just getting started. She’ll live to see her critics get their come uppance.

  • Ideologies are for children

    Palin actually said “They’re our next-door neighbours, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska” It’s true, but almost as silly of a thing to say.
    Many people have warned of the dangers of Russian aggression in the Crimean peninsula, Palin is hardly alone in that. Being right once or twice doesn’t negate the dozens of other moronic things she has said.

    “I’m the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can’t.”

    “I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree.” She bounced around and dropped out of five universities and colleges before managing to squeak out her degree

    “We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn’t that ironic?” Ironic indeed, from someone who criticised the publicly funded system saying that it should be dismantled in favour of free enterprise

    “I love America but as long as Obamacare is the law, every time I need to visit the doctor or buy medicine, I’m just gonna head across the Alaska border to Canada. At least Canada has the kind of efficient, cost-effective health care that conservatives can support.”

    “I think on a national level your Department of Law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out.”
    There is no “Department of Law”

    “I don’t know if I should Buenos Aires or Bonjour, or… this is such a melting pot.” said in Hamilton, Canada

    As the saying goes: Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • thebiglechowski

    People here have obviously never heard her give a speech. She sounds like a 50 year old valley girl whose main ‘substantial’ points are nothing more than sarcastic remarks and recycled one-liner jabs and slogans. She can’t articulate even the most basic ideas in a live setting, without doing some ‘cutesey’ jab at her political opponents. And then you guys accept this as intelligence. That says a lot..

    Keep in mind also that when she spoke about russia in 2008, she was reading a script off a teleprompter, which was written by a mccain staffer. Secondly, the ‘weak’ response the script alluded to, coming from then senator obama, was pretty much the same response given by the mccain campaign and then sitting president GWB.

    In either case, if she opens her mouth enough and speaks other peoples words, then yes, maybe at some point one or two things she says may come true. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, right? It’s sad though, how you guys have to highlight it after six years. (Tell me, what other predictions has she made that came true since then) In a desperate attempt to prove yourselves right about something.. anything!

    Anyway, enjoy this twisted story from your bobble head failed vp candidate, it’s about the most attention she’s garnered in the last half decade so i’m sure she’s loving it.