Palin: While Putin 'Wrestles Bears and Drills for Oil,' Obama 'Wears Mom Jeans and Equivocates'

By Susan Jones | March 4, 2014 | 6:05 AM EST

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (AP File Photo)

( - Six years ago, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized then-Senator Barack Obama's "indecision and moral equivalence" when the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia. She warned at the time that such a response would encourage Putin to invade Ukraine next.

On Monday, Palin said she was right -- Russia is taking advantage of President Obama's weakness to invade Ukraine and take Crimea:

"[T]he perception of him and his potency across the world is one of such weakness," Palin said of Obama. "And you know, lookit, people are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates. We are not exercising that peace through strength that only can be brought to you courtesy of the red, white and blue -- that only a strengthened United States military can do.

Palin said Russia is one of several countries that are "finally taking advantage" of the weakness projected by the Obama administration.

And she said she's also right when she talks about the importance of developing U.S. energy resources, to counter Russia's strength in that area:

"I'm right when I talk about that inherent link between energy and security, energy and prosperity," Palin told Fox News's Sean Hannity. "And when we don't develop our resources and when we are not able to feed others with our resources, and so many others are reliant upon Russia, who does develop their resources, and with that wealth are able to strengthen their military and their influence and power on the globe, then other nations are in trouble."

Russia fills the pipelines that run through Ukraine and supply natural gas to Europe. But in the United States, the Obama administration keeps delaying approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, which could reduce European dependence on Russian energy supplies.

"Look, America needs pipelines," Palin said. "Just like other parts of the globe that we were just talking about need their pipelines, we need ours. And those protesters griping about, oh, I don't know, perhaps an earthworm will be displaced when a pipeline is built in America -- that earthworm, it can take one for the team."