October 4, 2016

Tim Kaine Can’t Defend Clinton’s Russia Reset Failure

Senator Tim Kaine should have prepared better for questions on Hillary Clinton’s failed Russia reset policy. Kaine had no answers for why Hillary Clinton pushed for a policy that strengthened Russia, a country that has now invaded a sovereign neighbor. See below for more background on Hillary Clinton’s failed Russian reset policy:

VIDEO: In 2009, Clinton Presented Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov With A Reset Button, Saying “I Wanted To Present You With A Little Gift Which Represents What President Obama And Vice President Biden And I Have Been Saying, And That Is We Want To Reset Our Relationship.” SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: “You know, Sergei. In anticipation of this important meeting and our time here together, I wanted to present you with a little gift which represents what President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying, and that is we want to reset our relationship. (Laughter.)” RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV: “Let’s do it — let’s do it together.” CLINTON: “So we will do it together.” (Hillary Clinton, Press Conference With Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, 3/6/09)

“Clinton Was The Face Of The Administration’s Effort To ‘Reset’ Its Policy With Russia.” “In Obama’s first term, Clinton was the face of the administration’s effort to ‘reset’ its policy with Russia and cultivated relations with then-President Dmitry Medvedev.” (Philip Rucker, “Hillary Clinton’s Putin-Hitler Comments Draw Rebukes As She Wades Into Ukraine Conflict,” The Washington Post, 3/5/14)

VIDEO: Secretary Clinton In 2010: “Our Goal Is To Help Strengthen Russia.” CLINTON: “One of the fears that I hear from Russians is that somehow the United States wants Russia to be weak. That could not be farther from the truth. Our goal is to help strengthen Russia.” (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Interview With Russia First TV, 3/19/10)

VIDEO: During An Interview With The BBC, Hillary Clinton Called The Russian Reset “Brilliant Stroke.” QUESTION: “You famously pressed the reset button. Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?” CLINTON: “No I think it was a brilliant stroke which in retrospect it appears even more so, because look at what we accomplished. Between the Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008, which of course torpedoed relations between United States and the Russia for good reason. We come into office, and for that period of time, the interregnum if you will, Medvedev is President, Putin is Prime Minister, and there were jobs that we wanted to get done. We wanted to get Russia on board with tough sanctions against Iran. We wanted to have a new START Treaty to limit nuclear weapons. We wanted to get their help in transiting across through huge country to get things we needed into Afghanistan. We got all that done. Putin comes back. Look where we are now. He invaded another country, so yes, but while we had that moment, we seized it, we used it, and succeeded.” (Hillary Clinton, Interview With Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman, 6/12/14)

The Russia Reset Policy “Now Lies In Tatters.” “But most experts agree that the policy now lies in tatters, with Russian President Vladimir Putin openly fueling anti-American sentiment at home and pursuing confrontational policies abroad, such as the invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of its Crimea region.” (Olivier Knox, “Russia ‘Reset’ Architect To Next President: Don’t Try That Again,” Yahoo, 5/27/15)