Today is the sixth anniversary of Hillary Clinton's reset with Russia. That's when Clinton physically gave her Russian counterpart a "reset" button (though, in fact, she got the translation wrong):
In a later interview, on March 24, 2010, Clinton explained that she was trying to "strengthen Russia." That, she explained, was the Obama administration's "goal." A clip of that interview from Russia First TV has been found by America Rising, a Republican-aligned research firm, which has posted it on YouTube:
"Shortly after Clinton famously joined Russia’s foreign minister in pushing the mistranslated reset button, Russia expanded a ban on meat imports from the U.S., had two officials expelled by NATO for espionage and detained, tortured and murdered Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. Highlights of the rest of Clinton’s reset include Russia helping Iran start a new nuclear facility, a threat of preemptive strikes against the U.S. from a top Russian military official, and Russian shipments of missile defense systems to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad," says America Rising spokesman Jeff Bechdel.
"The magnitude of the reset’s failure while Clinton remained Secretary of State is surpassed only by the extent of Russian aggression since she stepped down. Russia has sent tanks, heavy artillery and around 12,000 soldiers to fight alongside Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine further exacerbating the ongoing civil war. The Russian Air Force has begun to encroach on American and European airspace while the Russian military has conducted exercises in the regions of Georgia Russia occupied after the 2008 invasion."
In an interview to promote her book on BBC, Hillary Clinton called the Russian so-called reset "a brilliant stroke." The statement came in response to a question about whether she was in retrospect embarrassed about the policy.
The BBC reporter asked, "You famously pressed the reset button. Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?"
Continuing his pattern of intruding upon every major event (or at least the ones he’s aware of), President Obama appeared on Friday night’s broadcast of the Winter Olympics, just before the Opening Ceremonies. When Bob Costas asked, “[D]o you have a message for the United States team?” Obama replied, “Well, we couldn’t be prouder of them” and then immediately turned things back to himself: “I’ve had the chance now to meet a lot of Olympic athletes, including those that were so successful in Vancouver. One observation, when they came to the White House, Michelle and I shook hands and met with all of them, and they all look really healthy.”
The Scrapbook enjoyed what might charitably be called a warmhearted chuckle at the news that President Obama had abruptly canceled his planned “summit” meeting in Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Even the reliably turgid language of White House press secretary Jay Carney was unusually blunt in explaining the reasons why: “We have reached
the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia summit in early September.”
Polls have closed in Georgia, the small Caucasus Republic that took center stage in the 2008 presidential campaign when Russian troops poured over the border there and threatened to topple the country's pro-American government. With bothsides claiming victory, the country of 4.5 million people may once again feature prominently in an American presidential campaign.
CBS reports that when Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin met with the press after their long private discussion, "The two men barely looked at each other. You could just feel, sort of, the tension between them. And the body language really represented how far apart the two leaders remain on the issue of Syria."
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration said Tuesday that Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and warned that the Arab country's 15-month conflict could become even deadlier.
AFP reports: "Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month rejected an offer from United States (US) President Barack Obama for landmark bilateral talks at the White House, the Kremlin revealed on Tuesday."
President Obama got caught in private conversation with a hot mic today in Seoul, South Korea, telling outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that Vladimir Putin should give him more "space" and that "[a]fter my election I have more flexibility."
One of the core strategic beliefs of the Obama administration has been that their Bush predecessors overreacted to the attacks of 9/11 and became obsessively focused on the greater Middle East at the expense of East Asia or the “Asia-Pacific,” where the rise of China and India presages a new constellation of global great powers. This, perhaps more than Russia policy, has been Obama’s idea of a strategic “reset” for the future.
When Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008, he promised to “cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.” The word “unproven,” folks worried, could be used against every defense system that hasn’t intercepted a missile in combat.