Sarah Palin said current events in Russia and Ukraine have confirmed everything she’s been saying all along.
The former half-term governor of Alaska and failed 2008 vice presidential candidate continued bragging Monday night on “The Sean Hannity Show” that she’d been vindicated for correctly guessing five years ago that Russian President Vladimir Putin would set his sights on neighboring Ukraine.
“Anyone who carries the common-sense gene would know that Putin doesn’t change his stripes, he harkens back to the era of the tsars, [and] he wants that Russian empire to grow again, he wants to exert huge power and dominance, so he has to get to those border areas and he has to capture them,” Palin said.
The Ukraine crisis also proved her right on the need for more domestic oil production, Palin said.
“I’m right when I talk about that inherent link between energy and security, energy and prosperity, and when we don’t develop our resources and when we are not able to feed others with our resources and so many others are reliant on Russia who does develop their resources and with that wealth able to strengthen their military and their influence and power on the globe, then other nations are in trouble,” she said.
The reality TV show star mocked the concerns of protesters arrested Monday afternoon and others who fear potential environmental catastrophe if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is built across central north America.
“That building of pipelines is an example of developing natural resources and what they can provide to a region and here today, wasn’t it in Washington, D.C., we had all these protesters against the Keystone pipeline,” Palin said. “Look, America needs pipelines, just like the other parts of the globe that we were just talking about need their pipelines, we need ours, and those protesters griping about — oh, I don’t know, perhaps an earthworm will be displaced when a pipeline is built in America. That earthworm, it can take one for the team.”
Environmentalists warn the project would increase dependence on fossil fuels, create significant amounts of carbon pollution that contributes to global warming, and lead to a potential for dangerous spills and other hazards.
Palin also expressed her admiration for the Russian leader and the masculine self-image he projects in comparison to President Barack Obama.
“Obama, the perception of him and his ‘potency’ across the world is one of such weakness,” she said. “Lookit: People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil, they look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates. We are not exercising that peace through strength that only can be brought to you courtesy of that red, white, and blue that only the strength of the United States military can do.”
She encouraged the U.S. president to take some sort of symbolic action against Putin.
“Obama instead has chosen to adopt this M.O. of ‘lead from behind,’ whatever the heck that means, I mean, because the rest of the world, looking for that shining city on a hill, looking for that country in which – that they can emulate – they’re not seeing that anymore, or in America because Obama’s weak leadership, leading from behind, which makes absolutely no sense,” Palin said.
But she then changed gears and suggested Putin might emulate the decisiveness of his American counterpart.
“Look, my last point is when Putin now is being accused by critics of violating law in his actions today, well, I’m loathe to give any advice to a tyrant like Putin but, you know what he could do is what liberals adopt here in America as acceptable and that is when our president decides which laws, picking and choosing, that he will follow, he can just call it an executive order and nobody will say boo,” Palin said.
(Sources: Fox News and RawStory.com)