Hillary Clinton: Putin wants to “re-Sovietize the region”

posted at 11:21 am on December 7, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Say, remember when Mitt Romney called Russia the “number one geopolitical foe” for the US during the presidential campaign?  The media wrote Romney off as hopelessly trapped in Cold War history.  Vice President Joe Biden even derided Romney in an April 2012 speech for referring to Russians as “Soviets,” accusing the Republican nominee of being out of touch with the reality of Russia today:

But just a month ago, Governor Romney, called and here again I quote, “without question our number one geopolitical foe” is Russia.  (Laughter.)  As my brother would say, go figure.  (Laughter.)  And sometimes — I don’t know whether it’s a slip of the tongue or it’s a mindset — but he even refers to Russians as “Soviets” — (laughter) — which I think — no, I think reveals a mindset.  Everybody sometimes slips — I never do, but everybody sometimes slips.  (Laughter and applause.)

Look, I think it’s fair to say when it comes to Russia, based on only what we know he’s said so far, Governor Romney is mired in a Cold War mindset.

Fast forward eight months.  Guess who else is using the word “Soviet” in relation to Russia today?  None other than Hillary Clinton.  In a news conference in Dublin last night, the Secretary of State accused Vladimir Putin of attempting to “re-Sovietize” Central Asia under the guise of an economic partnership, and pledged that the US would take action to prevent it, reports the Financial Times:

The US is trying to prevent Russia from recreating a new version of the Soviet Union under the ruse of economic integration, Hillary Clinton warned on Thursday.

“There is a move to re-Sovietise the region,” the US secretary of state told a news conference in Dublin hours before going into a meeting with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

“It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a customs union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that,” she said, referring to various iterations of a Moscow-backed plan to deepen economic ties with its neighbours.

“But let’s make no mistake about it. We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.”

Mrs Clinton said efforts at regional hegemony had been accompanied by new campaigns of repression from pro-Moscow regimes throughout the former Soviet Union. Her tone signalled that the US was rethinking its “reset” in relations with Russia, declared in 2009, during which criticism of its human rights record has been muted and Moscow appeared to have a freer hand in the former Soviet region.

Ah yes, the infamous reset button.  Remember the context of that stunt nearly four years ago?  Barack Obama and his administration publicly declared that George Bush had been the big problem in American diplomacy, and that their arrival would signal a fresh start on relations with the world, especially with Russia.  Any notion of Russia as a foe was just the result of cowboy diplomacy, but their Smart Power — as demonstrated by mistranslating the Russian for “reset” and not using Cyrillic — would bring a new era of openness and cooperation between Russia and the US.

Four years later, George Bush is looking a lot wiser.  Perhaps Biden should have stopped laughing and started paying attention in April.


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Captain Obvious

mwbri on December 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Putin wants to “re-Sovietize the region”


DERP.

PappyD61 on December 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

So does Obama. What else is new?

Archivarix on December 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

What I’m more concerned about is who wants to Sovietize the U.S.

PappyD61 on December 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

It’s gonna be a fun four years.

BallisticBob on December 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Wait, should she be having this “No sh!t, Sherlock” moment when they are “helping” Obama out with Syria? I question the timing.

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Speaking of re-Sovietizing, there is a strong push to combine national football (a.k.a. soccer) leagues of the post-Soviet space. If that’s what they mean, I’m all for it. More glory for my (former) home team.

Archivarix on December 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Can you say “Geo-Political” ?

Is there not going to be flexibility after all ?

These democrites are dishonest idiots.

FlaMurph on December 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

So? You want the same thing here.

darwin on December 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Perhaps Biden should have stopped laughing and started paying attention in April.

the man is a moron, he can’t help it.

Joey24007 on December 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The Middle East is in turmoil, Korea is launching a ballistic missile, Iran is building a nuclear bomb, China’s military is modernizing a at light speed, our overseas sanctuaries are being blown up, and Russia is retuning to a Soviet style government.

Great job Hillary!

rplat on December 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Hey Hillary, the 1980′s called and wants their Soviet Fear mongering back.

portlandon on December 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

It’s only true later on when the Demorats say it’s true– After they’ve mocked and denied it. They cause the problem and then dismiss it’s existence to protect themselves. Suddenly, they acknowledge the issue when the threat to their position has passed and it’s too glaring to ignore.

Slainte on December 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Just think. Four more years of this.

Four. More. Years.

God help us.

Gatsu on December 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

It doesn’t help that the Russian people aren’t properly taught the horrors of their own past. Why not start a nationalist socialist movement in Germany while we’re at it?

DeathtotheSwiss on December 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

the man is a moron, he can’t help it.

Joey24007 on December 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Hmmm, I think you just insulted an awful lot of genuine morons. o_O

SWalker on December 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

How many years has Putin and his minions been meddling in the former Soviet Republics’ business?

mwbri on December 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Make sure you keep up with the Current Truth from the Obama administration.

Former truth: Bush tax cuts for the rich
Current truth: Obama middle-class tax cuts

Former truth: Hard line approach on Russia reveals “cold war mentality”

Current Truth: Russia is like the Soviet Union

Joey24007 on December 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Current Truth: Russia America is like the Soviet Union

Joey24007 on December 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

That’s reality, bro.

Archivarix on December 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Just think. Four more years of this.

Four. More. Years.

God help us.

Gatsu on December 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Thanks for ruining my day.

VegasRick on December 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Of course he does. Then Russia can steal money from other nations they control to make life easier for those in Russia Proper.

astonerii on December 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

We’ve always been at war with Westasia.

Who knew that button would reset us all the way back to 1945?

Socratease on December 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

So what’s that secret concession Obama hinted whispered about?

pat on December 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Captain Obvious

mwbri on December 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

You rang?

Ben Hur on December 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Ironically, many of these central Asian “former Soviet Republics” are governed like the old Soviet Union.

Joey24007 on December 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

May be we have to such a profound disaster for a WH that low-information voters will be so disillusioned with politics that they will not vote for a long, long time.

mwbri on December 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Ben Hur on December 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Funny!

mwbri on December 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Duh, dreams of his father.

the_nile on December 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

May be we have to such a profound disaster for a WH that low-information voters will be so disillusioned with politics that they will not vote for a long, long time.

mwbri on December 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Don’t count on that, we are in a new age now and the adults had better start standing up. Putin knows we are at our weakest point in over 30 years and he will try to take advantage of it.

VegasRick on December 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

“Fail Safe”
I guess that “re-set button” didn’t work so well, eh?
LMAO @ Leftist Morons
The Яooskees have been playing Barry ‘n Hill all along.
Most of US knew that at the time and still watch in disbelief and sadness as we see our country’s integrity sacrificed daily by this cabal.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on December 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

This White House came into power with the view that everything Bush did was wrong and all they needed to do was change his policies and everything would work out.

So, the problem with US/Russia relations was Bush not Putin. The problem with US/Iranian relations was Bush not Tehran. The problem with Islamic extremism and anti-US views in the Islamic world was Bush and not Islamic extremism or ideology. The problem with Israeli/Palestinian issues was Netayanu and not Abbas or Palestinian terrorists.

And on and on and on….

Not working out there, is it?

SteveMG on December 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Duh, dreams of his father.

the_nile on December 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

How do you translate Mein Kampf into American English? Dreams of my Father…

SWalker on December 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

As Ronaldus Magnus said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

stukinIL4now on December 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Putin wants to “re-Sovietize the region”

No problem. The Obama has more flexibility now.

petefrt on December 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Responsible for Benghazi by her own admission.

Secretary of State Malfeasance.

profitsbeard on December 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

This is ironic… look at what is happening to religious freedom in our own country… look at what is happening to freedom in general in our own country.

We’re entering a point in time where the fight isn’t freedom vs tyranny but freedom for whom vs freedom for whom… and in this fight more and more I’m getting on Team Putin. Russian Eurasianism is much more attractive vs American Globalism.

ninjapirate on December 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Romney for SofS !!!!
So far, he is the only person who has demonstrated any forward vision of geopolitical situations. Plus,
Clinton just endorsed him.

Jabberwock on December 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Americans have collectively become a nation of useless fools and they select their leaders accordingly. Stay tune for the ever increasing decline. This will not end well. I hope for you and yours you are preparing for the worse.

rik on December 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

How many years has Putin and his minions been meddling in the former Soviet Republics’ business?

Oh please, give me a break on this… America meddles in everyone’s business.

America meddles in European countries to promote gay marriage(Poland), Abortion(Ireland and all eastern europe), and Affirmative Action(France). America has been meddling in Russian politics via NGO organizations.

I’m getting to the point where I look at “American Patriots” who call themselves “conservatives” with pity. You guys are trotskyites and don’t even know it. It’s getting to the point where you have to choose… patriotism or conservatism.

ninjapirate on December 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Russia Finance Minister: 2012 Budget Deficit Seen at 0.07% Of GDP-Report

The Russian 2012 federal budget will have a deficit of 0.07% of gross domestic product, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said following a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, at which amendments to this year’s budget were discussed, Interfax reports Tuesday.

“The amendments, given additional revenue and additional proposals on spending, will lead to an overall deficit of 0.07% of GDP, or it can be considered practically balanced,” he is quoted as saying.

The finance ministry’s outlook for the year had a deficit of 0.1% of GDP

Last partial update, May 2012.

Russia has a uniform rate of tax on the income of individuals.

As of 2012 tax in Russia is payable at the rate of 13% for an individual on most income. (non-residents 30%). Russian residents pay 9% on dividend income. (Deduction at source).
Non-residents pay 15% on dividend income.
Exemptions are granted to certain income earners.
The standard rate of Russia corporate profit tax in 2012 is 20%.
Companies pay 9% tax on dividend income. Under certain terms dividend income received by companies with holding of 50% or more is entitled to participation exemption.

Who needs a reset?

Fallon on December 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

May be we have to such a profound disaster for a WH that low-information voters will be so disillusioned with politics that they will not vote for a long, long time.

mwbri on December 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Sure, they’ll stay home on election day. Until the next wisecracking, America-hating, smirking, Muslim-sympathizing, Harvard-educated affirmative action recipient shows up on the Democratic political scene.

UltimateBob on December 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Well yeah you dip. What did you think would happen when your boss backstabbed the Polish and Czech’s and reneged on the missile defense shield back in 09.

What’s next, close our military base in Germany?

plutorocks on December 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Wow. She’s just now realizing this? What a bunch of morons we have running this country.

ButterflyDragon on December 7, 2012 at 12:07 PM

The question in my mind is: “Why is Hillary talking tough about the Soviets?” It’s perplexing, because a month ago, we conservatives were worried that Obama would “show more flexibility after the election” with Putin and make a bunch of foolish and naive agreements with him. What is this? Is it dialing back?

Here are some possibilities that come to my mind:

1) Hillary is getting ready to run for president, and she wants to appear tough on Defense as a way of inoculating herself against Republican opponents.

2) Obama never really was taken in by Putin and he was just conning the Russian leader before the election. Now that the election is over, he and his cabinet can come out and say how they really feel.

3)Obama is like Jimmy Carter was after the USSR invaded Afghanistan–finally waking up to how dangerous the Soviets are.

Whatever the reason–Hillary gone rogue and protecting her own interests, Obama showing his true colors, or Obama finally waking up–it does seem preferable to what we were getting before.

Burke on December 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Fallon on December 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

That’s how the lure them(businesses) into the country, once established they will probably nationalize them. I must admit, pretty smart tax rates. I’ll have to read you link to see if it’s working.

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Not our problem.

libfreeordie on December 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Fallon on December 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Pretty impressive.

Cindy Munford on December 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Biden has been very reliable on foreign policy for decades. Just think and and do the opposite of anything he says.

RadClown on December 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Now that I think about it, this might be the best thing for America to happen. Think about all these mindless idiots that have been voting for these amateur commies running the country now. These young people don’t know the negative effects of full fledged socialism.

Let Putin put them back there. Let these morons see bread lines a mile long. See families “disappear” for not agreeing with state policy. See millions of people trying to flee due to persecution and oppression.

I hate for anyone to have to go through that. But I’d prefer it be another country than America. We are the last bastion of freedom.

ButterflyDragon on December 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Who needs a reset?

Fallon on December 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

They also have 28.5% on pensions which in the US would be welfare I guess. Over a 100 million Americans on welfare, 32%.

I wonder if the US is now more socialist than Russia?

sharrukin on December 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Evil as his intent may be to many, got to hand it to Tsar Vladimir I. He knows what he is doing. He knows what he wants. He knows how to get there.

And, he understands you cannot tax your way to prosperity. Kinda ironic, ya think? Former Commie understands capitalism better then most in Congress and everybody in the White House, and probably about 75% of Americans at any given day.

Our Boy King, Barry the Putz, on the other hand…

If not already, then soon, with the likes of the court jester Hillary out front, Putin will own Barry…own him.

Certainly glad I can have Russian as a second language.

coldwarrior on December 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Vladimir Putin of attempting to “re-Sovietize” Central Asia

The question is should we care? Central Asia is filled with countries that China also sorta of wants influence in as well. Central Asia is also filled with some interesting people, including lots of Muslims. Central Asia is not exactly strategically important to America.

The only thing a Russian move toward Central Asia will bring is Russia into contact with is lots of Muslims and conflict with Chinese aspirations in the region. That should work out really well for the Russians! Now how is that a bad thing for America?

All we are doing by getting involved in Central Asia is driving China and Russia closer together. If we just stayed out of their way in Central Asia they would find a way to hate each other. The relationship is already on the rocks now as it is, and these are two countries who could not get along when they were both communists. Also I would rather have Russia play around in Central Asia than in Eastern Europe. With China becoming more aggressive in Asia, we need to keep our focus there where we do have actual strategic interests. In order to do that we need to keep Russia neutral. So I don’t care if the Russians have desires for Central Asia…and America should not either.

It was stupid when Romney said Russia was the biggest strategic threat, and it is stupid when Hillary says it. They are not a friend, but they are not even close to the threat that China can pose to our national interest. This is not the Soviet Union, this is just Russia being Russia, as they have always been. There is no spread of communism we have to worry about in this case.

William Eaton on December 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Not our problem.

libfreeordie on December 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Obama’s SofS says it is.

“But let’s make no mistake about it. We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.” Clinton

Jabberwock on December 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

So much for smart power, huh Hillary?

zoyclem on December 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I call Bravo Sierra on Clinton’s claim she wants to slow down the Re-Sovietization.

Steve Eggleston on December 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

What I’m more concerned about is who wants to Sovietize the U.S.

PappyD61 on December 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Steve Eggleston on December 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Russia Finance Minister: 2012 Budget Deficit Seen at 0.07% Of GDP-Report

Fallon on December 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Obama:…..”Budget…..what’s that?????”

Baxter Greene on December 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Americans have collectively become a nation of useless fools and they select their leaders accordingly. Stay tune for the ever increasing decline. This will not end well. I hope for you and yours you are preparing for the worse.

rik on December 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Americans have collectively become a nation of useless fools useful tools and they select their leaders accordingly. Stay tune for the ever increasing decline. This will not end well. I hope for you and yours you are preparing for the worse.

FIFY!

belad on December 7, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Biden…the court jester who hopes someday to inherit the throne.

scalleywag on December 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM

What I’m more concerned about is who wants to Sovietize the U.S.

PappyD61 on December 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Me, too.

The way to crush the bourgeoisie (kulaks) is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

– Lenin

kingsjester on December 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Russia has been run by Ex-KGB officials & Putin though a puppet proxy the last few years…WHAT WAS YOUR 1ST CLUE, you ignorant liberal ditz?!

easyt65 on December 7, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Not our problem.

libfreeordie on December 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Obama’s SofS says it is.

“But let’s make no mistake about it. We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.” Clinton

Jabberwock on December 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Ya, but she’s just an old white honky cracker, so what she says don’t mean nothin…

SWalker on December 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Ya, but she’s just an old white honky cracker, so what she says don’t mean nothin…

SWalker on December 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Ya. But what happens when Putin sh!ts all over Rice ?

Jabberwock on December 7, 2012 at 1:14 PM

And they laughed at Palin’s “death panels,” too.

John the Libertarian on December 7, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Putin can DO anything he wants. Obama said so.

NO one should nor will care what Hillary or Obama say.

The US is so passe.

The rest of the world laughs at you, for very sane and good reasons.

The once freest and most powerful land did herself in, by sheer stupidity.

Enjoy the fall…and may all who’ve brought this bunch land really, really hard. I’d love to see your ‘brains’ splattered on a very rough surface.

Schadenfreude on December 7, 2012 at 1:15 PM

No! Really?!!!!

I can’t believe it’s true.

/

Bob's Kid on December 7, 2012 at 1:20 PM

The US is so passe.

Schadenfreude on December 7, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Does this mean Wintour does not go to England ?

Can’t believe that she’d represent passe

Jabberwock on December 7, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Captain Obvious

mwbri on December 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

-
heh

RalphyBoy on December 7, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Just think. Four more years of this.

Four. More. Years.

God help us.

Gatsu on December 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

If we’re lucky it will only be 2 years until the whole thing comes crashing down on the US!

Deano1952 on December 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Well, now that President Rambo, Bin Laden Slayer, has more “flexibility”, I guess it’s okay. Russia is no real threat to the US, right? Al Qaeda was the only real threat to the US and President Rambo has practically destroyed them, except for in Libya and dozens of other places.

Besides that, in some ways Obama wants to “Sovietize” the US. They have something in common. They both wish their country could be more like the old Soviet Union in some way.

farsighted on December 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Anyone that was paying attention knew this several years ago.

sadatoni on December 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Hillary Clinton: Putin wants to “re-Sovietize the region”

Except for gay marriage, why should she care?

entagor on December 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Putin wants to re-sovietize the region just as much as Hillary and Barack want to sovietize our region. Sadly the “useful idiots” in this country are willing to aid a abet them in their endeavor.

savage24 on December 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Putin has some comments that HotAir people should listen to instead of being in a bubble:

Fun Clips:

“”…we are reducing taxes on production, investing money in the economy. We are optimizing state expenses.

The second possible mistake would be excessive interference into the economic life of the country and the absolute faith into the all-mightiness of the state.

There are no grounds to suggest that by putting the responsibility over to the state, one can achieve better results.

Unreasonable expansion of the budget deficit, accumulation of the national debt – are as destructive as an adventurous stock market game.

During the time of the Soviet Union the role of the state in economy was made absolute, which eventually lead to the total non-competitiveness of the economy. That lesson cost us very dearly. I am sure no one would want history to repeat itself.”

Direct Jabs at Obama, complete walk away from Communism. What are we thinking?

Bulletchaser on December 7, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Or this article!!

Communist Victory Amerika

Fun Comments: …the Communist trick is to accuse their opponent of illegal activity they themselves are involved in. The Communists were the bully in school who first threw a rock at a little boy and then immediately blamed the little boy for doing it. It’s the Communist way. It’s the Chicago way. They blame others for being a racist when they are really bigots themselves.

or this

“Americans think the Soviets were not angry about the Cuban missile crisis. While it is true the Soviets did not want a nuclear war they did move Kennedy out of the way and they attacked America within and conquered it. Now they always point at the new Russia with cries of “foul play!” and “stolen elections!”. The Communist trick is to accuse their innocent opponent of the illegal activity they themselves are involved in.”

Bulletchaser on December 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

“It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a customs union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that,” she said…

I thought we were at war with Eurasia?

In Soviet Russia, “reset button” pushes you.

connertown on December 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Anyway Romney lost.

Sherman1864 on December 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Duh? Ya think, Cankles?

kens on December 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Just think. Four more years of this.

Four. More. Years.

God help us.

Gatsu on December 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Thanks for ruining my day.

VegasRick on December 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

…I’m trying to get in the Christmas mood!

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FlatFoot on December 7, 2012 at 11:37 PM

It doesn’t matter. They press won’t report it anyway until Hillary runs for president in 2016, then she will be the tough, hard Secretary of State that confronted the neo-Soviets face-to-face and some conference before she stepped down.

georgeofthedesert on December 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM