Flashback II: Hillary resets America’s relationship with Russia

posted at 8:01 pm on March 3, 2014 by Allahpundit

An obligatory follow-up to Guy’s post. Coming soon to a 2016 attack ad near you:

The event was viewed as bungled at the time because the Russian word imprinted on the button meant “overcharge” instead of “reset.” But the longer-term implications of the “reset button,” particularly in the wake of the Russian invasion of Crimea, may be far more damaging for Clinton than a translation gaffe.

Republicans will charge that Obama and Clinton badly misinterpreted the signals from the Russian government, and instead of welcoming Russia in from the cold, should instead have been guarding closely against Russian territorial expansionism in Eastern Europe. And in the post-Crimea world, if opinion shifts toward the idea that Mitt Romney was right about Russia, those charges have a chance of sticking.

Can you win a presidential election on foreign policy absent extraordinary circumstances? (E.g., 9/11 and 2004.) Hillary’s in a unique position as a would-be nominee because her biggest credential is diplomatic; the worse things get abroad during O’s second term, especially in matters where she had a high profile as SoS — the Russian reset, Libya, Afghanistan — the more ammo there is against her in theory. In practice, I don’t know. She can dismiss her biggest missteps by claiming she was just carrying out Obama’s orders, not following her own instincts. She can also point to Kerry’s screw-ups, especially the more dovish ones, and claim that she’d have been much tougher. Lo and behold, here’s one in the making now courtesy of our dear retaliation-minded friends in Moscow:

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Russia’s parliament, Mikhail Margelov, said on Monday that his country expects all economic sanctions against Iran to be removed immediately, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported.

“There have been important developments. President Hassan Rouhani has openly declared that Iran has no intention to develop an atomic bomb,” Margelov said. ”Furthermore, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has issued a decree that prohibits the building of a bomb, calling it ‘a sin.’ ”

As a result of these public statements, Marglov concluded, “The conditions have now been met to justify the full lifting of sanctions on Iran.”

How bad would America’s fortunes abroad have to get, though, before 2016 votes start shifting because of it? Any kind of major economic upturn or downturn before the election will probably decide things; only if the economy continues to crawl along will secondary issues loom larger, and even there, health care and immigration will be far more important than foreign policy barring a major war. That’s part of the core irony of Hillary’s prospective candidacy: Even though she’s been a major player in the federal government for most of the last 20 years, she has virtually no policy record to run on or against. She’s almost pure “brand,” which is precisely what makes her dangerous. If the election turns into a referendum on how much voters like the Clintons, that’s a … difficult election.

As you watch this and memories of “smart power” arrogance come flooding back, bear this point from Dan McLaughlin in mind. It’s not just that Romney was right about Russia and that the “reset button” was goofy and naive. It’s that Obama, Kerry, and various liberal toadies mocked him for it. Foreign policy is hard so misjudgments can be forgiven. The sneering is harder to forgive. And it continues even now, while Obama mumbles stupidities about the “wrong side of history” and threatens sanctions that the EU has no intention of putting in place. Yesterday, when asked whether he thought punitive measures would change Putin’s behavior, some administration apparatchik couldn’t resist taking a shot at Bush by telling Time mag, “We in this administration have made it a practice to not look into Vladimir Putin’s soul.” This, while Obama’s intelligence brain trust was being roundly humiliated for not seeing Putin’s invasion of Crimea coming. Maybe that’ll be Hillary’s slogan in 2016: “Slightly better than Bush. Arguably.”


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Once an Evil Empire, always an Evil Empire.

ConstantineXI on March 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM

surprise. another post on hillary…lgbt…..rubio……lgbt……christie…lgbt.

bishop

renalin on March 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Don’t forget this

Schadenfreude on March 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I think he’s literally laughing at what a stupid pantsuit she is in that picture.

msupertas on March 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

And, never, never, never forget this.

Schadenfreude on March 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Hillary’s in a unique position as a would-be nominee because her biggest credential is diplomatic …

So what you’re saying, AP, is that Killary has Zero credentials?

ShainS on March 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

The stupid state dept. of Hillary Clinton didn’t even find a good translator, for shame.

Nation of idiots – нация идиотов

Good night America

Schadenfreude on March 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I was just reading about this somewhere this morning. They got the reset button from a hot tub and wanted it back but the Russians wouldn’t return it.

You can’t make it up.

Putin was right about one thing.. he said during the 2008 primaries of Hilary.. “To be a head of state you need to have a head.”

JellyToast on March 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Blech

ladyingray on March 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

“Was I sworn in, yet? sh*t, I can’t blame GWB any more” — Child in Chief

Schadenfreude on March 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Flashback II: Hillary resets America’s relationship with Russia

And of course we’re still racist, petty and partisan for pointing out from the beginning where this libtard gang was going.

Still not sure if it’s incompetence or indifference, though. Maybe both…

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

In practice, I don’t know. She can dismiss her biggest missteps by claiming she was just carrying out Obama’s orders, not following her own instincts.

That could be lethal to spit on team Obama.

rob verdi on March 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

God, how humiliating that was.

Cicero43 on March 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Any dimwhit who could not see that Romney has far more intelligence than Obama, there’s no hope for. Hillary’s Arkansas debacles, lies about Monica, shrill what difference does it make comment, and many other things should be enough to sink her. That being said, I also said there would be no way Obama would be elected the first time and that Americans couldn’t be stupid enough to elect him the second time. Consider me corrected. Stupid is a powerful and dangerous thing.

TXMomof3 on March 3, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Hillary’s in a unique position as a would-be nominee because her biggest credential is diplomatic that she’s a woman, and the Republicans hate women.

FIFY, AP

Clinton/Christie 2016

Vero Beach Florida on March 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Hillary’s slogan in 2016: “I can’t do any worse!”

GarandFan on March 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Oh, there’s a Reset Button, all right. Problem is, Putin’s designed it to Reset the Soviet Empire.

de rigueur on March 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

No wonder the Obamacare en espanol website is such a trainwreck language wise. This regime can’t even get one word of Russian right.

rbj on March 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Any Dem candidate will have to distance themselves fro Zero. It will be interesting to see how the Petulant Won reacts.

KCB on March 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Hillary’s slogan in 2016: “I can’t do any worse!”

GarandFan on March 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Or…

“It can only get better…”

Electrongod on March 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

If the election turns into a referendum on how much voters like the Clintons, that’s a … difficult election.

A popularity contest? That’s what got Obama elected. How stupid are American voters? Never mind, they elected Obama twice. Oh, despair and agony.

Kaffa on March 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Coming soon to a 2016 attack ad near you:
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Boinking “A”, and roll in the InFamous 3:00AM one as well!

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Still not sure if it’s incompetence or indifference, though. Maybe both…

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

There is, of course, a third option: intentional destruction

ShainS on March 3, 2014 at 8:20 PM

When the price of gas skyrockets due to this recent unpleasantness and stays up, Hillary is toast. That is one thing the LIV’s react to immediately, the price of gas. And if it goes up and stays up, which it most likely will, they are going to be upset come November.

Johnnyreb on March 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Behold the Superiorority Firing Power of Progressives:

21st Century Statecraft

We are adapting our statecraft by reshaping our development and diplomatic agendas to meet old challenges in new ways and by deploying one of America’s great assets – innovation. This is 21st Century Statecraft: complementing traditional foreign policy tools with newly innovated and adapted instruments of statecraft that fully leverage the networks, technologies, and demographics of our interconnected world. Overview»
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canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

overcharge” instead of “reset.”…Freudian slip?…that’s a normal word for this administration!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

They pressed her “EASY” button.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on March 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I have no idea what that paragraph says.

esr1951 on March 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

And,…with all this brilliant High-Tech,
Team WH, still got’d BamBoozled!!

21st Century Statecraft

Uploaded on May 28, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about 21st century statecraft. Go to http://www.state.gov/video for text transcript and more video.
===========

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6PFPCTEr3c

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-03/ukraine-has-only-4-months-gas-stocks-without-russia

Ukraine’s natural gas stocks can meet just 4 months of demand.

Ukraine relies on Russia for about 30 percent of its global trade activity, compared with Russia’s 6 percent dependency on Ukraine.

What is perhaps most ironic is the mainstream media’s attention to a 12% drop in the Russian stock market. If this occurred in the US, it would be the end of the status quo… Putin does not care about Russian stocks… all he cares about is the price of oil. Sanctions would merely raise oil prices as supply would be cut… raising the value of Russia’s resources

sharrukin on March 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

how bad would America’s fortunes abroad have to get, though, before 2016 votes start shifting

I think by that point we have larger worries. It’ll be to late. Like the last 2 great wars.

wolly4321 on March 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I have no idea what that paragraph says.

esr1951 on March 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

esr1951:Lol, I hear..

….Ya noticed that eh,….above HilRod explains it in the video above.

Flicker,You-tube, and Twitter will help make better
decisions or something!!–:)

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I have no idea what that paragraph says.

esr1951 on March 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

I’m pretty sure that’s a newly corrected version of the original web page, which debuted as something like this –

21st Century Witchcraft:

Hillary Rodham is an internationally known Demonologist. She handles diverse paranormal cases from around the world, including conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt, demonic husbands, and occult crimes.

ShainS on March 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I know how to solve the Crimea problem. Obama just needs to send Hillary as a special envoy to Russia to negotiate the withdrawal from Ukraine.

Republicans should come out tomorrow and recommend this to Obama.

huckleberryfriend on March 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Good to know dumb and dumber got work in the state department.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5f_gbzo4Q0

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 3, 2014 at 8:39 PM

We worked hard to get the right Russian word.

They did everything short of asking someone who speaks Russian.

It was hard work. But they did their best.

HugoDrax on March 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Hillary, what a woman! She deserves to be president. Her list of accomplishments is longer than Bill’s cigar.

lel2007 on March 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

We worked hard to get the right Russian word.

They did everything short of asking someone who speaks Russian.

It was hard work. But they did their best.

HugoDrax on March 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM

That from the Secretary of State of the United States of America.

There is no excuse, not one, to not get that word right for your stupid media circus.

Murphy9 on March 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

The event was viewed as bungled at the time because the Russian word imprinted on the button meant “overcharge” instead of “reset.”

Putin took it literally. His troops over-charged straight into Crimea.

Steve Z on March 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Hillary, what a woman! She deserves to be president. Her list of accomplishments is longer than Bill’s cigar.

lel2007 on March 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

…and just as wet!

KOOLAID2 on March 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM

How is Hillary going to sell her experience in foreign affairs, when everything is going to shyte? What did she accomplish in four years?

Techster64 on March 3, 2014 at 9:05 PM

There is nothing authentic about her (or Barack). Nothing.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2014 at 9:06 PM

21st Century Witchcraft:

Hillary Rodham is an internationally known Demonologist. She handles diverse paranormal cases from around the world, including conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt, demonic husbands, and occult crimes.

ShainS on March 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

ShainS; Lol,..nearly spitted me tea out, haha!:)

canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Flashback: Killary resets America’s relationship with Russia

And there you have it. I knew this situation couldn’t be obama’s fault – BLAME KILLARY!

Pork-Chop on March 3, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Foreign policy was so much more fun with Hillary. /s

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canopfor on March 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Hillary’s slogan in 2016: “I can’t do any worse!”

GarandFan on March 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Or…

“It can only get better…”

Electrongod on March 3, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Sadly both true…courtesy of the idiot in the WH who set the bar so abysmally low that by comparison even Mugabe and Kim Jong Un are better, more inspired leaders…

jimver on March 3, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Well, the Russians are in Crimea, and threatening Ukrainian independence…

“What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

Freelancer on March 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM