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Hillary: Russian Actions in Crimea Not Actually Nazi-Like

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:58 am


Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pulled back from comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine to those of Hitler.

She said comments made the night before at a private event were meant only to bring “a little historical perspective” to Russia’s claim that it entered the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine in order to protect ethnic-Russians.

“That is reminiscent of claims that were made back in the 1930s, when Germany under the Nazis, kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland and Czechoslovakia and elsewhere throughout Europe,” she said. “So I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I am not making a comparison, but I am recommending that we can perhaps learn from this tactic that has been used before.”

Meanwhile, we have this:

She seems surprised to find herself as a propaganda tool for a nasty regime, but she’s doing something about it, so kudos for that.

39 Responses to “Hillary: Russian Actions in Crimea Not Actually Nazi-Like”

  1. Hitler’s time was a long time ago. What difference, at this point, doe the analogy make now?

    Colonel Haiku (a07071)

  2. Dinggggggggggggggggggbat!

    Icy (c66486)

  3. It’s one thing to be Pooter’s bitch, its another to carry on in front of the straights on Main Street.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  4. It depends on what the meaning of “Hitler” is.

    She’s a Clinton. Everything she says is a lie.

    That’s not necessarily a bad quality in a diplomat. If only (as Secretary of State) she had used her mendacity for good instead of evil.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. “reminiscent of …”
    “historical perspective”

    — Nope. There’s no comparative language being used there; no sir!
    One would guess that Hillary wishes to distance herself from any suggestion that Putin might engage in Holocaust-type activities . . . which makes it extra special to note that Crimea’s Jewish community has announced their desire to remain part of Ukraine and NOT be absorbed into the New Russian Empire.

    Icy (c66486)

  6. The Cossacks were never kind to Jews. It’s also interesting that Viktor Pinchuck, Leonid Kuchma’s son-in-law, was offered the governorship of Zaporizhia.

    I would take all stories coming out of Ukraine, from any side, with a large grain of salt.

    nk (dbc370)

  7. Anyone who exaggerates is like Hitler times a million.

    CrustyB (5a646c)

  8. So, in other words, the potential 2016 democratic presidential nominee, ex-SoS, wasn’t expecting her opinion to be reported on a global security event. Shame on the make believe media. They’re just ruining it for the Hilldawg! Expect an apology from the lapdog media in 5, 4, 3…

    Amalgamated Cliff Divers, Local 157 (379e8e)

  9. RT is Regional Transit (high falutin name for the city bus line).

    A reporter with a moral compass, but she’s an import.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  10. Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 3/6/2014 @ 11:00 am

    OK, did Putin steal this tactic from the ACORN anti-Tea Party Activists, or did the AaTPA steal it from the KGB playbook?

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  11. She seems surprised to find herself as a propaganda tool for a nasty regime . . .

    Candy Crowley, please take note.

    JVW (9946b6)

  12. Much better coverage on Russia Today than American networks.


    Former Conservative (105295)

  13. I should have added the word “most”.

    Former Conservative (105295)

  14. narciso @10.

    Isn’t this more or less what I said yesterday in comment number 29 in the previous Hillary thread?

    39.There were different groups involved in Maidan – some of them probably working for Putin.

    In particular I have in mind the anti-semites.

    Yes, the snipers at Maiden may have been hired by some people connected to the demonstrators – who were working for Putin!

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  15. OFF TOPIC:

    Open break between Saudi Arabia and Qatar!

    On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar for the first time since the formation of the 33-year-old Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in what was described as Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and the gulf state’s involvement in regional conflicts.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  16. Good.

    Former Conservative (105295)

  17. She said comments made the night before at a private event were meant only to bring “a little historical perspective” to Russia’s claim that it entered the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine in order to protect ethnic-Russians.

    She failed miserably. All Hillary! managed to accomplish is demonstrate the same historical illiteracy as President Ditherington Armslength McMomJeans did in his Cairo speech.

    It will no doubt impress her lobotomized base, though.

    There is no hope. I’m selling my house and buying a sailboat. Me and my crew of strippers will go island to island in the Carib working the resorts until the authorities kick us out.

    Steve57 (2991b6)

  18. Update: Obama spoke with Putin for one hour today.

    Spoke to reporters at White house.

    Says Russia has a way out.

    Crimean lkegislatire asks for referendum March 16. Obama says that’s illegal.

    CBS reporter said toi Scott Pelley a lot of illegal things are going on. Crimean TV broadcasting Russian TV signals. Int. observers kept out.

    Struggle over Doinetsk city hall,. Russian supporters capure it and lose it twoce in two days to riot police.

    Ukrainian military in Crimea surrounded but not attacked

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  19. 22. Update: Obama spoke with Putin for one hour today.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman (d22d64) — 3/6/2014 @ 4:44 pm

    Clearly President Beiber was negotiating for some flexibility over the drag queen outfit he/she/it will have to wear at the next meet-up with Putin and his ex-KGB buddies. When Mean Girl will be making the sammiches and mixing the drinks while the boys play poker.

    Steve57 (2991b6)

  20. If it’s only reported that Yanukovych had a heart attack, it’s not serious. If it were reported that he has a cold, then we’d know he was dead or near death. (Joke from Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko days.)

    nk (dbc370)

  21. If only (as Secretary of State) she had used her mendacity for good instead of evil.

    If only she had been able to accomplish anything
    (Yeah, I know, but I don’t list getting people killed as an accomplishment).

    askeptic (2bb434)

  22. We are so screwed.

    JD (65810e)

  23. Just lie back and enjoy it.

    askeptic (2bb434)


    JD (65810e)

  25. Senator Cruz:

    the Obama administration has used the term “kinetic action” to describe its Libya failures, “spontaneous protests” to describe the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, and a “display of international unity” to describe the nuclear deal with Iran that has elsewhere been described as a “historic mistake.”

    These are the words of fools.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  26. What did the Russian president’s wife ask him in bed? ” Vladimir, what are you Putin?” Lol!

    The Emperor (fcb55e)

  27. Who Vladimir’s Putin it to is Obama.

    nk (dbc370)

  28. And Obama’s loving it.

    nk (dbc370)

  29. Makes him want to shout, kick his heels up and shout, “It feels good”.

    nk (dbc370)

  30. Obama and Putin in Key Largo.

    Putin: What do you want, Obama?
    Obama: I want … I want …
    Putin: I know what you want. You want more, don’t you, Obama?
    Obama: Yeah, yeah, that’s right. I want more.

    nk (dbc370)

  31. R-S-P-EEE-C-T

    The guy who gave me my first job loading trucks earned the Silver Star in Korea. He crawled through enemy fire four times, wounded, 600 yards to recover three men and a body at his formerly occupied position. The last time he was ordered to withdraw and leave the body in position.

    He spent a year in the hospital.

    My parish priest captured 11 NORKs at the point of his .45.

    Now I’ve got a candy @$$ for a president. How do these things happen?

    When John Finn died, I suspected I wouldn’t really like living in a world without John Finn.

    I was right. St. Paddy’s Day has never been the same.

    Steve57 (927d18)

  32. Obama loves Putin ….

    The Emperor (5197c5)

  33. Ukraine update:

    Putin invited Kerry to Moscow. Kerry said he won’t go until he gets the ansewrs to a series of written questions.

    Newly installed Ukrainian president to meet Obama in Washington on Wednesday. (Todaay, Tuesday, Obama is busy fundraising in New York City.)

    House passed bill to authorize $1 billion in loan giarantees to Ukraine (this is more a sign of solidarity than serious help) in some difficulty because the Senate Foreign Relations Committee draft version of the bill includes a provision increasing lending authority of the International Monetary Fund (it shifts money from the crisis fund to the general accounts)

    This is a problem because back in 2010, Obama negotiated a reduction of U.S. and other OECD country influence at the IMF giving more power to countries like China, India and Brazil, so now Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee doesn’t want to give so much support to international lending institutions because they might be bailing out irresponsible countries.

    White House officials told House Speaker Boehner if he goes along, Ukraine’s loan package would grow from $1 billon to $1.6 billion.

    This is one of the things House Republicans earlier thought they might give the White House in exchange for some deal on the budget or debt ceiling. And they are complaining their credibility is at stake, because the change is something they negotiated and the United States is the only remaining country that needs to agree.

    Sammy Finkelman (032a0d)

  34. Obama to Vladimir: Where are you Putin it?

    The Emperor (644446)

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