Before Hillary was comparing Putin to Hitler, she was talking quite differently during the election.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back Sunday against Mitt Romney’s comments this week that Russia is America’s main “geopolitical foe.”
Labeling Romney’s words as “dated, “Clinton said in an interview with CNN there were more pressing matters of concern in global affairs.
“I think it’s somewhat dated to be looking backwards instead of being realistic about where we agree, where we don’t agree,” Clinton told CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty….
Clinton held back from diving too heavily into politics but argued Russia no longer posed the threat it did in the 20th century.
“If you take a look at the world today, we have a lot of problems that are not leftovers from the past, but are of the moment,” Clinton said.
Then suddenly, Hillary decided Putin was Hitler and Russia was a relevant problem… after the invasion of Ukraine.
Eighteen months ago former Clinton Secretary of State Madeline Albright attacked Governor Romney’s warning that Russia is America’s number one geopolitical foe:
“He is not up to date and that is a very dangerous aspect; that’s just an example of his 20th century approach to 21t century issues.”
Today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, however, she criticized American’s focus on the missing Malaysian airliner and said focus on the Russia and the Ukraine was critical.
“Those of us that have dealt with Putin know how he thinks, and he really is nostalgic and believes that he’s some kind of a new czar.”
So instead of the 20th century, Albright would like to go back to the 19th century.
Romney responded by blasting both Clinton and Obama for getting it wrong on Russia.
When protests in Ukraine grew and violence ensued, it was surely evident to people in the intelligence community—and to the White House—that President Putin might try to take advantage of the situation to capture Crimea, or more. That was the time to talk with our global allies about punishments and sanctions, to secure their solidarity, and to communicate these to the Russian president. These steps, plus assurances that we would not exclude Russia from its base in Sevastopol or threaten its influence in Kiev, might have dissuaded him from invasion.
That was how Reagan did it in Poland.