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Hawkish Hillary strikes again

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HAWKISH HILLARY STRIKES AGAIN
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is ramping up her tough on Russia rhetoric while distancing herself from President Obama’s tepid response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defiance of the west over Ukraine. Calling Putin’s annexation of Crimea an effort “to rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe, Clinton warned, “If he’s allowed to get away with that, then I think you’ll see a lot of other countries either directly facing Russian aggression, or suborned with their political systems so that they’re so intimidated, they’re in effect transformed into vassals, not sovereign democracies.” Speaking at an event in Montreal Tuesday, the hawkish Hillary, who earlier this month likened Putin’s actions in Ukraine to those of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s put the ball in the Russian leader’s court saying she would not like to see another Cold War but, “that’s primarily up to Putin.”

Vision needed - As the critical confrontation between Putin and Obama over Ukraine, which one Republican leader has referred to as a chess versus marbles contest continues, Clinton urged “visionary leadership,” advocating a “two-track” approach toward resolving the crisis that included economic incentives and “standing up for our values.” On those incentives though, with 2016 in mind Clinton has to be cautious of offending the green end of her party, which is openly challenging calls for the Obama administration to loosen restrictions on the export of natural gas. Russia’s control over the vital commodity has thus far given Putin the whip hand over Obama in Ukraine.

Guess it’s OK now to be a hawk - Clinton’s recent rhetoric represents her latest departure from the much maligned “re-set” with Russia she once embraced as President Obama’s chief diplomat. Despite losing her presidential bid in 2008 for taking a hawkish foreign policy stance on the war in Iraq, the Democratic frontrunner appears to be returning to those roots, but gently so, as she sets her sights on a 2016 bid. More

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