Sarah Palin's Ukraine Prediction of Russian Invasion Came True

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Monday, 03 Mar 2014 07:49 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Though some were shocked by Russia's occupation of the Crimea region in Ukraine last week, Sarah Palin predicted the scenario in 2008 if Obama was elected president.

On Friday, Palin reminded her Facebook followers that she warned of Russian aggression in the region during the 2008 race because of her opponent's apparent weak foreign policies.

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Breitbart.com reported that Palin made the prediction after Joe Biden, Obama's running mate, told his supporters to "gird your loins" if Obama was elected because foreign leaders might try to test him. 

Palin made the remark in Reno, Nev. on Oct. 21, 2008, but it was not enough to sway voters; U.S. Sen. John McCain and Palin lost to Obama and Biden several weeks later. 

"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 on Facebook.

Foreign Policy's Blake Hounshell dismissed Palin's prediction the following day.

"As we've said before, this is an extremely far-fetched scenario," Hounshell wrote on Oct. 22, 2008. "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 Russian military took control of the southern region of Crimea, a Ukrainian region that is dominated by ethnic Russians. Ukraine and western Europe fear a larger scale Russian invasion after Vladimir Putin got Russian parliamentary approval Saturday for broad military intervention in the country.

Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsen­yuk said on Sunday that his country was on the "brink of disaster." Yatsenyuk replaced the pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych last week after the government removed him from power.

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