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Hillary: Regret “Reset” Yet? ^ | March 6, 2014 | Ken Blackwell

Posted on 03/06/2014 8:21:29 AM PST by Kaslin

It was the most memorable moment in the debates of the 2008 nomination cycle. Before the New Hampshire Primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton was asked by the debate moderator to respond to comments that she had a powerful resume, impressive achievements, but she didn’t measure up on the “likeability” scale.

Her response was charming. “That hurts my feelings.” But her opponent, freshman Sen. Barack Obama scored a knockout with his ultra-cool rejoinder. “Your likeable enough, Hillary.” You have to see it.

Hillary actually won that primary, narrowly. But it didn’t take away the sting of Obama’s barb. Likeable enough.

Clearly, she was trying to be more likeable in her debut as President Obama’s Secretary of State when she went to Geneva five years ago to meet with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. Madame Secretary presented the normally dour Slavic diplomat with a red plastic button.

It was supposed to say: “Reset”. But Lavrov noted that it actually said: “Overcharge” And observers pointed out that the State Department types who had typed the word failed to write it in the Cyrillic alphabet. So, wrong word. Wrong alphabet. No big thing.

We just want to be more likeable. The news media, of course, focused on all the goodwill, the yuk-yuk making, and the promise of a new era in U.S.-Russian relations. No more of that nasty George W. Bush. Now, we would all have a Rodney King foreign policy: Can’t we all just get along?

The reset button was supposed to symbolize America’s willingness to wipe the 2008 slate clean. We would not hold Russia’s invasion of the Republic of Georgia against them. It was a short, sharp clash that only served to show the former Soviet satellite—in fact, all the former Soviet regions--that the Russian bear still had sharp claws and big teeth.

As we look ahead, however, we will find that the reset button will figure more prominently. From that moment on, the Russian policy of this administration was to accommodate, temporize, forgive and forget.

In 2010, President Obama met with then-President Dmitri Medvedev in suburban Washington for what was billed as a “hamburger summit.” The two leaders mugged for the cameras and no one noticed that Medvedev was figuratively eating Obama’s lunch.

Just a few days later, ten Russian spies were arrested by the FBI. This untoward incident was not allowed to derail the reset, however. They were not whisked off to a black site for interrogation. No, they were escorted out of the country. They doubtless avoided even a TSA pat-down.

Now, historians of U.S.-Russian diplomacy may recall that in 1960, Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev raged at the Paris Summit when an American U-2 high altitude jet spy plane was shot down by a rocket. He railed at President Eisenhower. He demanded a cessation of all such flights. And a groveling apology, to boot.

Ike resisted Khrushchev’s bullying—and our NATO allies rallied around him. Khrushchev put the U-2 pilot—the CIA’s Francis Gary Powers—on trial in Moscow and milked the incident for all it was worth.

Fifty years later, the Russians could put ten spies in America, they could be arrested and returned, and there was hardly a ripple of protest.

What can you expect when everything was supposed to have been “reset”? With this week’s action by the Russians in the Crimea, we can point to that adolescent stunt of Hillary’s in 2009. Struggling to be more likeable, she forgot the importance of being respected.

The Russians are unlikely to respect a country that doesn’t respect itself. All of this brings back memories of the last U.S. administration so eager to be liked. Jimmy Carter spoke of the need to get over our “inordinate fear of communism” and its lead sponsor, the USSR. The Soviets treated that speech like a starter’s pistol for a footrace. They ran rampant in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Mr. Carter’s own pick as Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Malcolm Toon was a most competent professional diplomat with thirty years of experience. After the unlamented Carter administration was tossed out of office, Ambassador Toon said he had never feared war with the Soviet Union so much as when Carter was in office. The Georgian’s weakness was too tempting to the Kremlin bosses, Toon said.

Well, Georgia is always on our mind. We cannot reset reality. If you are looking for the source of Vladimir Putin’s power grab in the Crimea and Ukraine, you need look no further than Hillary’s bungled reset button.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Russia
KEYWORDS: hillaryclinton; ukraine; vladimirputin

1 posted on 03/06/2014 8:21:29 AM PST by Kaslin
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2 posted on 03/06/2014 8:24:26 AM PST by willywill
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To: Kaslin

You American liberals are so stupid. Even a caveman can outwit you.

3 posted on 03/06/2014 8:32:39 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Kaslin

The immorals never regret. Perhaps only that she didn’t succeed in turning us into socialists sooner.

4 posted on 03/06/2014 8:34:33 AM PST by ArtDodger
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Clintons NEVER regret.

They just pass the buck. It was somebody else’s fault.

Come on, they’re DEMOCRATS.

5 posted on 03/06/2014 8:36:12 AM PST by joethedrummer
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Oh, they regret plenty. The Clintons will go to their graves regretting not having pulled in more favors, pressured their cohorts harder, raised another 10 million, done one more round of campaign stops....etc ad infinitum...whatever it would have taken to win the nomination in 2008. They don’t have any regrets for Obama, just hatred for usurping what was “rightfully Hillarys time”. And if she’s now too old, sick or just doesn’t win, they will regret that to the bitter end.

6 posted on 03/06/2014 8:44:23 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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7 posted on 03/06/2014 8:44:56 AM PST by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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8 posted on 03/06/2014 8:53:48 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

It’s OK for liberals to dislike the Russians now because the Russians made the unpardonable mistake of getting rid of socialism/communism.

9 posted on 03/06/2014 9:43:05 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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There is no regret. The left does not look at results only at intentions. The intent was good so thats all that matters.

10 posted on 03/06/2014 9:43:40 AM PST by woodenickel
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To: Servant of the Cross

He’s pushing the reset button with his middle finger, pointed directly at Cankles!

11 posted on 03/06/2014 10:01:09 AM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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The Russians are unlikely to respect a country that doesn’t respect itself.
. . . and we don’t even have a president who respects us.

12 posted on 03/06/2014 10:32:53 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Indeed we don’t. On the other hand I don’t respect that arrogant pos either

13 posted on 03/06/2014 12:07:06 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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