Take recent comments made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton she made during a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach where, according to attendees, she spoke in in great length about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Harry Saltzgaver, an attendee at the fundraiser said, “She compared issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians with ties to Russia with early actions by Nazi Germany before Hitler began invading neighboring countries. She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II.”
Another attendee, who wished to remain anonymous said, “She talked about how what Putin is doing now is similar to what Hitler did, essentially providing these ethnic Russians in the Crimea region access back to Russia. And that it was destabilizing.”
Though Clinton was Secretary of State during the Obama administration’s “reset” attempt to repair relations between the two nations, during the 2008 campaign Clinton said of Putin, “He was a KGB agent. By definition, he doesn’t have a soul.”
Now, I know many conservatives are going to call these comments “too little too late” or “incompetent” considering she was Secretary of State during the Obama administration’s attempt to repair relations with Russia. But like I’ve said before, I’m not going to fault the Obama administration for at least trying to be the “better person” as it relates to Russia.
Though it’s clear now those attempts have failed.
And while I’ve never been a big fan of comparing anything to Nazi Germany, Clinton does make a point that Putin seems to be at least using some of the “destabilizing tactics” the Nazis used to weaken their opponents.
Will Putin’s plan work? It’s too early to tell. Though it’s clear that the situation in Ukraine is something that simply cannot be ignored. But I don’t believe Hillary Clinton was wrong for using a Nazi comparison when speaking about the situation, because it does appear to be a tactic that Putin is using to weaken any kind of Ukrainian resistance.