Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ridiculed By Left,Palin's Putin Warning Comes Home To Roost

From Yahoo today; "Unprecedented since Soviet era"

Russia holds biggest war games in decades

"MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday watched Russia's biggest military maneuvers since Soviet times, involving 160,000 troops and about 5,000 tanks across Siberia and the far eastern region in a massive show of the nation's resurgent military might"

"Orwell Today" (LINK) summed up what Sarah palin ACTUALLY said about Putin and Russia in 2008 and summarised the hysterical leftist attack on her. Palin was ridiculed and lampooned and grossly misquoted at a time when the left was in a panic after Palin's VP nomination speech shook up the race and the polls.

An unprecedented campaign of vilification and slander against her was developed by the Democrats and their enablers in the media..

Here, five years later is the reality that Palin warned against-but which the left was happy to ignore in their endeavours to elect Barack Obama. Lets hope that Palin's prescience eventually wins the political day in America before the ignorant, biased and naive "progressives' make America a third rate power after China and Russia.

Alaska Russia Map
"They're our next-door neighbors
and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska --
from an island in Alaska."


"Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia,
and on our other side the land boundary that we have with Canada....
It certainly enhances my foreign policy credentials.
It is very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia.
As Putin rears his head
and comes into the air space of the United States of America,
where do they go?
It's Alaska. It is just right over the border.
It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure
that an eye is being kept
on this very powerful nation, Russia,
because they are right there,
next to our state."
Above are the actual words that Sarah Palin used in two televised interviews, the first one on September 11, 2008 where ABC's Charles Gibson alluded to McCain's recent statement that Alaska's proximity to Russia lent Palin some expertise on that nation, and asked her to explain; and the second one on September 22 when CBS's Katie Couric mockingly asked the question again to which Palin explained further.
On the Saturdays following both interviews, the "Saturday Night Live" comedian Tina Fey impersonated Palin, twisting her words to get laughs, and all the major networks have been replaying that skit with photos of the real Sarah Palin in split-screen, sometimes superimposing Palin's voice coming out of Fey's mouth in an extremely mocking way.
The most oft-repeated spoof and twist of Palin's words is the Fey line: "I can see Alaska from my house."
As can be seen in the transcript above, Palin never did say that. What she really said was: "You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska - from an island in Alaska."
But the Tina Fey spoof clips have been shown to the public MORE than the actual words that Palin spoke, with the end result being that the vast majority of people know only the mock version of Palin, and not the real Palin.
Now, with that background in mind, flash forward to this week when Sarah Palin's father, Chuck Heath, was interviewed at home in Alaska by Harry Smith from CBS.
The camera follows Heath as he takes Smith on a tour of the inside of their Wasilla house. When they come to a wall of photographs, including one of Sarah in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant in 1984 (a year close to my heart) Sarah's father comments on the spoof, mimicking Fey's line: "I can see Russia from my house".
Then he points to a photo of himself on an island in Alaska from which Russia can be seen two-and-a-half miles away giving credence to what Sarah said exactly.
I noticed, in the very quick glimpse we got of the photo before the camera shifted and the topic was changed, that there was snow on the ground covered in blood(probably they were hunting and had gutted the prey there) which I thought was symbolic - ie a message to Russia as to what would happen to them should they venture uninvited onto Alaskan land.
Obviously, Palin's father takes the proximinity of Russia to Alaska very seriously. But I guess that's to be expected from a grizzly bear hunter and professional rat killer!
In her debut speech as vice-presidential candidate at the Republican Convention Palin said that Russia could be dangerous if America wasn't self-sufficient in energy:

"...I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.

When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil. With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.... To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas. And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both...."