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Hillary Compares Putin To Hitler, Which Makes The Reset Button…

Wednesday, March 5, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Hillary, believe it or not, is throwing around the H word, which really takes some chutzpah, and should remind a few folk of Samuel Hoare.

Samuel Hoare, one of the inner core of appeasers, authored the Hoare-Laval Pact, which is sort of like the Clinton-Lavrov Pact, otherwise known as the reset button. The Hoare-Laval pact drew enormous criticism as rank appeasement and cost Hoare his job as foreign secretary, but the fellow landed on his feat again and again until Winston Churchill became Prime Minister and all but sacked him –exiling him to Spain for the duration of the war.

Hillary intends to slip all responsibility for Putin unleashed, Libya in shambles, Syria gassed, Egypt alienated, the PRC cresting, the Norks nuked-up and the mullahs on the brink.  Incredibly, she has media allies helping her along.

The U.S. is stumbling and bumbling through a response to Putin’s naked aggression, mulling some unilateral steps it ought to have surfaced three weeks ago and implemented the day the Russian invasion commenced.

Two things for Russia to remember (and the U.S.): This, and this.

The G-* kick-out should be done already.  That is a pure Obama decision.  He says they are out, they are out.  There is no “G-7″ without the U.S.  Period.  So if the president wants to begin to reclaim a shred of respect abroad (see The New York Times Peter Baker’s conversation with me from yesterday) he tosses Russia out today.  Let them apply to rejoin after their troops are out of the Crimea and Georgia.

There’s plenty the U.S. can and should do, alone if need be.  And decency would require the former Secretary of State who sent flowers and champagne to the Russians, the Brotherhood, Assad, the PRC, the Libyan gangsters and everyone else she invited to the Reset Ball to keep a respectful silence as the rubble of her foreign policy smolders.

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The New York Times’ Peter Baker on Obama and Putin

Tuesday, March 4, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Peter Baker, The New York Times correspondent and author of the best-selling Days of Fire on the Bush years was my guest today.  The audio and transcript of the interview is below.  Takeaway: “I don’t think [Putin] has a lot of respect for President Obama.”




HH: One of the most extraordinary days in the time I’ve been in broadcast, actually, maybe going back to 1978 when I went to work for former President Nixon in San Clemente when he was writing The Real War. The Russian Federation fired off an intercontinental ballistic missile as a test, they said, today, one that the White House says they were not surprised by. To check out that development and many others, I’m joined by Peter Baker of the New York Times. He’s the author of the bestselling Days Of Fire: A Deep Look Inside The Bush/Cheney White House. Peter, welcome back, it’s great to speak with you.

PB: Hey, how are you?

HH: Well, I’m stunned. What do you make of today?

PB: Well, it’s another, you know, eventful day in the region, no question about it. You had President Putin go on for some length of his justification for why he’s done what he’s done. You had Secretary Kerry show up in Kiev to express solidarity and offer a billion dollars in loan guarantees to the new pro-Russian government. And you had, as you mentioned, the missile test, although I don’t, I think that’s something that rattles nerves more than it is genuinely meaningful. Still, the timing of it comes right in the middle of a lot of tension. So it’s an interesting day. Continue Reading

The Obama Collapse

Tuesday, March 4, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Vladimir Putin, Bashir Assad and Ali Hosseini Khamenei have got a working entente going.

Kim Jong Un is a distant fourth partner.

Xi Jinping, the president of China, isn’t a fifth shareholder in this union of very bad men, but neither is he a disinterested outsider working to cabin their collective ambitions.  For him and his colleagues, the rogues serve a wonderful purpose of keeping the Western eye off the Pacific and places like the Senkaku islands where tensions between the PRC and Japan are peaking.

Five years of President Obama’s “leadership” have left the world with no enforcer of the international order, and America’s stock has fallen so low that the U.S. cannot even persuade its European allies to get tough beyond token slaps on the wrist with an avaricious, aggressor Russia.

This is the Obama Effect: The inability to name much less deal with evil.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid was my guest Monday. Joy has been welcome guest in the past and I hope will come back often in the future.  She is an amiable lefty, a smart, thorough-going partner in the media arm of Tam Obama, and she could not bring herself to brand either Putin or Assad as evil:

Try number one:

H: Now but do you agree that what Russia is doing is evil?

JR: I think what Russia is doing is troubling and a problem in the world.

Try number two:

HH: But Joy Reid, simple question. Is he evil?

JR: You know what? I’m not inside anybody’s mind. I don’t need to characterize anybody as evil. I don’t know Vladimir Putin from a hole in the wall. I know what he’s doing is risky to his own country’s, I mean, it’s risky, obviously, to what the Ukrainians need in terms of security. I think he’s a bad actor. I don’t need to call him evil. He’s a bad actor.

Try number three:

HH: Joy, is Assad evil?

JR: Bashar Assad?

HH: Yeah.

JR: Oh, well, you know, like I said, I’m not characterizing people. Bashar Assad is an even worse actor and an awful human being.

I gave up and moved to my standard effort with lefties to get them to list Hillary’s accomplishments as Secretary of State which is always good for the audience to hear, but the inability of Joy Reid to use the “E” word left me troubled.  She is a smart and classy journalist.  There is no reason not to call the obvious by its name …except that we are uncertain about using any moral language that suggests absolutes.

My friend Fritz sent me an email last night.  Fritz retired as a colonel from the United States Army after long and honorable service, much of it in the legendary “Fulda Gap” where we expected the Soviet tanks to flow in the event the Cold War ever went hot.  Here is what Fritz wrote in part:

And I am appalled that Ukrainians face the Russia Bear alone, unaided by America, formerly a beacon of liberty to the entire world now reduced to a smoldering ember in the fireplace of history, no longer giving warmth and light to others who seek to be free.

Elections have consequences.  The American people have chosen: to be safe, to be oblivious, to be comfortable.  Like the Brits, we appreciate form over substance. Forty million watch the Oscars, but we can’t support a half million troops in our army.   Our president stands at the center of the G-20 group photo, but stands behind when it comes to involvement in Libya, or Syria, or the Ukraine.  We glory in our place in history not understanding that we have given that place over to someone else: the Russians, the Chinese.  Today, the Ukrainians understand Thomas Jefferson better than we.

Mankind thus loses a great opportunity to liberate the human spirit.  It’s sad.

No one from left to right has suggested the use of military force by the U.S,. or any of its allies, but to not even summon the courage to immediately exile Russia from the G-8 and G-20 while draining the bank accounts of its oligarchs is astonishing.  President Obama has roused himself to make two tepid statements, as ambiguous as they have been ineffective, and John Kerry arrives with a paltry promise of a paltry billion in loan guarantees and “technical assistance” for a country in the process of dismemberment, the geopolitical equivalent of a last cigarette before execution.

What a shameful time to be an American, and to accede to the loss of freedom that Ronal Reagan, Margaret Tatcher and John Paul II helped win for the people of Ukraine.  A few Republicans are speaking up, and a few analysts have begun the work of laying out the cost of rebuilding what President Obama has allowed to decline into dangerously provocative weakness.

It will get worse before it gets better, and people in Tel Aviv, Taipei and Tallinn all know the score.  They are are on their own.

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