Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin Were Right about Russia

"The kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next."


"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.