COMMENTARY | Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who predicted the Russian invasion of the Ukraine in 2008 as a vice presidential candidate, took to the airways on the Sean Hannity show to taunt President Obama and offer some political wisdom.
“People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil,” Palin said to Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Monday night. “They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.”
Besides pointing out the obvious, that Putin is running rings around Obama, Palin also ruminated about the relationship between energy independence and military strength. She suggested that since Russia has developed its oil and natural gas resources, much of which is being exported to Europe, she has been able to upgrade its military. America, she went on to say, needs to do the same, starting with building the Keystone XL pipeline.
The pipeline would ship Canadian tar sands oil to refineries at the Texas Gulf Coast. From there finished products could be shipped from ports in Texas to just about anywhere in the world.
Palin, as usual, is onto something. If the United States were to expand drilling both offshore and on federal lands and to unleash hydraulic fracking in areas where a moratorium now exists, it could swiftly become not only energy independent but also an energy exporting country. This would augment economic growth and job creation, increasing tax revenues, and in turn provide enough money for a strong national defense.
Palin has gotten a rap from her many enemies of being something of a dim wit. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. She understood as early as 2008 the threat Putin’s Russia posed to world peace. She understands the relationship between energy independence, a strong economy, and a strong military. President Obama and the smart people in the mainstream media understand none of those things. This suggests that the most powerful female politician on the planet actually knows a few things that the cool kids who look down on her don’t.