(CBS NEWS) -- With Russian forces moving into Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and preparing for a possible deeper incursion into the former Soviet republic, former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, took to Facebook Friday to boast that she saw it coming.
"Yes, I could see this one from Alaska," quipped Palin,
who was her party's 2008 vice presidential nominee, in a reference to
her assertion then that Alaska's proximity to Russia afforded her unique
insight into U.S.-Russian relations.
In October 2008, after
Russia's invasion of neighboring Georgia emerged as a foreign policy
flashpoint in the homestretch of a heated campaign, Palin told an
audience in Nevada, "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."
Her prediction was derided by Foreign Policy magazine
as "strange" and "extremely far-fetched," but Palin, frequent media
antagonist that she is, couldn't resist crowing about how events have
"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
"Here's what this 'stupid,' 'insipid woman' predicted in 2008," she added, before rehashing her prediction.
quickly rallied behind Palin, whose treatment at the hands of the
national media they've long deemed unfair. Talk radio host Mark Levin tweeted, "Palin not only knows where Russia is, but she knew what Putin would do to Ukraine with Obama as president."
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