COMMENTARY | Forbes has used Putin’s rape of the Ukraine to savagely goof on the person it evidently believes constitutes the real threat freedom and all that is good – Sarah Palin. It all has to do with the fact that Russia once owned Alaska and Putin might want it back.
“Former Alaskan half-term governor Palin has reportedly been stockpiling AK-assault rifles, ice-fishing bazookas, scary-looking hockey gear and other necessities to start her own one-woman ‘rogue’ militia. It’s said she has already inked a contract for a reality-TV series that will follow her around as she single-handedly protects the United States from potential Russian invaders.”
The article went on to call Palin a “well-compensated, mean-spirited airhead pundit with no real-world responsibilities.”
The irony is that Putin likely respects Palin far more than he ever could President Obama. Obama, after all, has been unable to frighten the Russian tyrant into restraining his territorial ambitions.
Palin and Putin have quite a few things in common. Besides being strong, decisive leaders, both of them are enthusiastic hunters and avid sports enthusiasts. If the two were ever to meet, they would understand one another.
In an alternate reality in which Palin is president, she would no doubt have invited Putin to a hunting outing up above the Arctic Circle. In between shooting caribou President Palin would explain the facts of life to President Putin. Putin wouldn’t like it, especially coming from a woman. But he would also know that she would mean it when she told him what would happen if he started grabbing territory that doesn’t belong to him.
One reason, by the way, that Putin would be ill-advised to cast a covetous eye on Alaska is that it is filled with people who, like Palin, own firearms and are well versed in their use. The wilderness can also be brutal, especially to interlopers.
If Obama were disposed to a little outside the box thinking, he might appoint Palin as a special emissary and send her to Russia to make some private threats to Putin. He will never do that, of course. He lacks the imagination for such things.