As I argued earlier this week, all the evidence suggests that Hillary Clinton 2016 is well underway. And for that reason, everyone should watch Thursday’s BBC Newsnight interview with the former secretary of state. At first glance, Clinton comes across as articulate, even charismatic. Admittedly benefiting from an uncharacteristically friendly Jeremy Paxman (renowned for his aggressive interviews), Clinton exudes confidence and composure. What she says, however, defies belief.
Wonderland 2: Clinton claims that the Russian reset was a “brilliant stroke” that appears “even more so” today.
Reality: I laughed when she said that. Because it’s a ludicrous comment. Clinton lists a number of supposed successes of the reset. These include the New START arms-control treaty (which Putin wanted as much as Obama did ) and tougher Iran sanctions (which Putin endorsed and since then has ignored at a whim). In reality, the reset has been a failure of catastrophic proportions. It has enabled Putin to put Ukraine under siege, help Assad continue to gas his fellow Syrians, and to undermine American leadership around the world. This, apparently, is Clinton’s measure of success.
Wonderland 3: Clinton condemns the eastern-Ukraine referendums on sovereignty and then suggests that future elections would be legitimate.
Reality: In making that suggestion, Clinton has effectively embraced the partition of Ukraine. In short, she has given Putin exactly what he wants. The inhabitants of eastern Ukraine are likely to vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine. Once again, it’s ludicrous.
Wonderland 5: Clinton says she is “very proud” of what President Obama has done.