We are approaching an anniversary of sorts and while I will concede this is, to a degree, trolling the foreign policy big brains who belittled Sarah Palin it is also offering you, loyal RedState readers, a second helping of schadenfreude.
Yesterday, you recall, we saw a stake finally driven through the crotch of the Bush Lied meme that the left used to try to defeat Bush electorally in 2004. There were, in fact, chemical weapons in Iraq and as my friend, Jim Lacey, writes in National Review, virtually every other allegation about Iraq’s weapons was actually substantiated by the invasion.
On October 21, 2008, GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave a speech in Reno, NV.
The key quote (at least for my purposes):
He wants to pull out, leaving some 25 million Iraqis at the mercy of an Iranian-supported Shiite extremist groups and al Qaeda in Iraq. By his own admission, this could mean our troops would have to go back to Iraq. That’s crisis scenario number three. And then, after the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Sen. 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.
The foreign policy boffins harumphed. Who was this know-nothing? A typical sample is from Foreign Policy editor Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell):
As we’ve said before, this is an extremely far-fetched scenario. And given how Russia has been able to unsettle Ukraine’s pro-Western governmentwithout 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.
Needless to say, she was dead on target about both Ukraine and Iraq.
Just as there will be no apologies forthcoming to George Bush over the years of calumny heaped upon him by the un-American left, there will be no apology to Sarah Palin. And unless we are vigilant their vindication will be memory-holed as well.