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Jordan Huerta

During the 2008 presidential election, Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin said, “After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator 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.”

Did she correctly predict that, if elected, then-Senator Obama would have a soft stance on foreign policy, which would allow Vladimir Putin to invade the former Soviet territory of Ukraine?

It sure seems that way. And who knows? It may have been easy for her to see what Putin was doing because she said she could see Russia from her house.

Oh wait. That was Tina Fey.

Maybe she’s not as dumb as some folks portray her to be. Now I will submit to you that her interviewing skills during the 2008 Presidential Campaign were, to say the least, subpar. However, former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin somehow knew that, given President Obama’s stance on the invasion of Georgia, Putin would go after Ukraine next. Say what you want about Palin, but she was right. When you have a soft stance on foreign policy as our president does, things like this happen. Drawing a red line in Syria, as well as the lackluster handling of Iran and Libya, President Obama has fallen in a recent Washington Post Poll concerning his handling of international affairs. From a previous high of over 60 percent approval early in his term, he has now fallen to a 43 percent approval.

All of this reminds me of the 2012 Presidential debate between President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Romney claimed that Russia was our number one geopolitical foe. President Obama responded back by mocking Romney, saying, “The 1980’s are calling and want their foreign policy back.”

Well President Obama, Ukraine is calling. A country you didn’t believe to be that big of a threat is invading them. What are you going to do about it?

Maybe he should add Romney and Palin to his cabinet.

Huerta is a freshman, political science major from Collins, Ga.