March 7, 2016

Clinton’s Russia Reset: An Epic Seven Years Of Failure

On March 6, 2009, Secretary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a mislabeled “reset” button and launched the “reset” with Russia which “now lies in tatters”: 

In a public relations effort in support of the reset, Secretary Clinton admitted that “our goal is to help strengthen Russia”:

She has maintained that her reset with Russia was a success, even calling it a “brilliant stroke” in June 2014:

On the 2016 presidential campaign trail, Clinton has repeatedly touted her nuclear weapons deal with Russia:

However, in only the last year, Russian intervention in Ukraine has drawn new Western sanctions while its involvement in Syria has “disrupted the U.S.-led coalition’s efforts to support Syrian rebel forces fighting against the Islamic State …” Additionally, Russia has agreed to sell Iran advanced missile defense systems. Through all this, Clinton has, to a certain extent, begun to acknowledge the failure of her “reset,” noting that the threat from Russia in not an issue “that we can put off to the side”:

During a February 2016 event, Clinton even named Russia a cyber threat to the U.S.:

Adding to the chorus calling Clinton’s Russia “reset” a failure, prominent military leaders have called out Russia as the “greatest threat” to the U.S. with then-nominee to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and other nominees for high-level military positions all expressing their concern: