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Hillary Clinton's Ukraine and 2016 problem
Politico ^ | 4 Mar 2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN

Posted on 03/04/2014 7:38:11 AM PST by mandaladon

As a freshman U.S. senator in 2002, Hillary Clinton reveled in the freedom of her new position outside the White House. Being first lady “is more of a vicarious responsibility in that you are, like everyone in the White House, there because of one person, the president,” she told The Washington Post at the time. In the Senate, “there’s a lot more opportunity to express my own opinions, to work through what I would do and how I would do it.”

Twelve years later, Clinton is inextricably tied to another administration over which she yielded only partial influence. And as President Barack Obama grapples to resolve the expanding crisis in Ukraine, the situation underscores Clinton’s dilemma as she looks toward a potential presidential run in 2016: Separating from the White House is a very difficult proposition, if it’s possible at all.

As secretary of state through Obama’s first term, Clinton was in many ways the face of the administration’s “reset” policy with Russia, an effort to establish a new relationship that focused heavily on fostering the relationship with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The administration’s allies argue that some positives emerged from the reset, and that trouble began with Vladimir Putin’s returned to the Russian presidency in 2012. Skeptics of the “reset” believe Putin never actually left the stage. Either way, the conflict is another instance in which Clinton is tethered to the administration’s decisions heading into 2016 — more so than any other Democrat, with the possible exception of Vice President Joe Biden, who would be a heavy underdog against Clinton.

“Whenever you run for office, you’ve got pluses and minuses based on your background — [If] you say, ‘Well, elect me because I was governor of X,’ people are going to look at what you did as governor,”

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinton; elections; obama
“I think Russia is the single most substantive issue that she failed at from conception to implementation,” argued political-risk expert Ian Bremmer, of the Eurasia Group.*************************Let's not forget Benghazi.
1 posted on 03/04/2014 7:38:11 AM PST by mandaladon
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For Clinton, the notion of the “reset” is fraught with the troublesome memory of an early faux pas. During an early meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, she presented him with a red button inscribed with what she hoped was the correct Russian word. “You got it wrong,” Lavrov told her as the cameras whirred. Lavrov and Clinton laughed at the time, but the moment presents Republicans with a visual aid for television ads for the policy, should she become a candidate....................She got it wrong from the very beginning.
2 posted on 03/04/2014 7:40:09 AM PST by mandaladon (If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon

With the Clintons — it is always about the Clintons.

3 posted on 03/04/2014 7:41:36 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: mandaladon

Sociopath of State in ‘16?

Run, Hillaryous, run.

4 posted on 03/04/2014 7:41:54 AM PST by PGalt
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To: mandaladon
“She was embarrassingly compliant on the reset; she can’t run from that. But cutting the Army by 20 percent? Leaving Syria to the slaughter? Letting Iran go nuclear? … I think Hillary will want to show she’s made of sterner stuff.” The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Goldfarb’s remarks........................The idiots on the left still think she was an effective Secretary of State.
6 posted on 03/04/2014 7:43:30 AM PST by mandaladon (If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill)
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To: mandaladon
If the beast runs, it's only a diversion and a tactic to get us to say something stupid.

We should not entertain any hillary articles and the pubbies would be wise to adopt a "Hillary who?" attitude and focus on ourselves.

Harry Reid can call us anything he wants ... Harry who? ... said what?

Yeah, whatever ... now, that Tom Cruz .. (or whatever)

No one here really thinks Hillary is a viable candidate and Conservatives and Republicans would be wise to just ignore the opposition.

Let them get on the podium and accuse all they want ... let them challenge all they want ...

The one tactic we've never tried is to just ignore them

Remember when the last words you heard from your wife, after asking what's wrong, werre .."nothing" .... before she stopped talking for three (or more?) days ?

Didja' change some things about yourself or dig in ?

The changers are still married and probably happier ... the diggers are still in the barrooms talkin' 'bout that bitch.

Hillary who?

Whatza' democrat ?

7 posted on 03/04/2014 7:46:44 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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” - - - White House is announcing an aid package to Ukraine of $1 billion - - - “

FINALLY! A highly successful backward solution to all known problems comes out of the Nobel Peace Prize winning White House!

“What is that?, “ You may ask? The answer, of course, is unlimited amounts of unfunded US Taxpayer Debt Dollars!

Yup! Works every time, and faster than you can can say “IcandoanythingIwantbyjustbyoassingCongress.” Nobel Laurette Soetoro-Obama just says: “Charge it to the next generation, please! Whoopee! My work here is done! Golf anyone?”

Secretary of Statements John “Cachup” Kerry will ride in, start writing rubber checks, and the ensuing bright rosy glow will spread around the World. Well, maybe not onto “the Arab Street.”

Although the always weak, Obamanation Foreign Policy is well on the way to its usual backward success, there are still a few topics that have yet to be resolved, as follows:

* Were is the Internet Video that caused the Ukrainians to force their beloved President to take the entire Ukrainian Treasury with him when he fled the country?

* Will “Catchup” Kerry enlist the help of famed video detective Susan Rice to help him track down and jail the perp. who made this awful, obscure, unknown video, that the United States had nothing to do with?

* Will the US Department of Statements spend more unfunded US Taxpayer Debt Dollars for the Ukranian Denial Ad than they did for the 2012 Benghazi Denial Ad?

* Note: Kerry must excel here because due to the obvious cruel onslaught of the aging process on Mrs. Bill Clinton, “Catchup” Kerry may be duty-bound to replace her as the obvious Democrat frontrunner in the 2016 Presidential race.

* Since POS Soetoro-Obama hit the famous RESET BUTTON on Russia, the NASA Space Program has had to be “dependent on the kindness of strangers” from Russia. Hopefully, our astronauts will be able to borrow food and vodka from the Russians while they wait for “Catchup” Kerry to resolve this Ukrainian “investment.”

* Will buddy Vlad Putin be as flexible with the Renowned Obamanation Foreign Policy as Soetoro-Obama was with Putin?

* Rumor has it that Vlad Putin has his eye on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his defusing of the Syrian “Red Line” Crisis.

* Another rumor is that Putin could win the Nobel Peace Prize if he sold all of Russia’s US Treasury Notes, requested that the USA be dropped from the G9, and appointed Snowden to be the Russian Ambassador to the United States of America.

8 posted on 03/04/2014 8:04:23 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: mandaladon

We’ll see how it goes when Ted Cruz walks over and hands her a reset button in the first POTUS Debate of 2016.

9 posted on 03/04/2014 8:13:24 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Horse face is droning on while “He stands with the Ukrainian people." FOX is accommodating.
10 posted on 03/04/2014 8:33:25 AM PST by billhilly
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To: Doogle
Ruskie thinking: "this dike is even dumber than she is ugly....smells like cheap bath oil and bad milk together"

OMG......I don't think I can stop laughing..........

11 posted on 03/04/2014 8:44:28 AM PST by varon (Para bellum)
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12 posted on 03/04/2014 9:21:18 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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