Hillary Clinton: Russian Reset Was a Brilliant Success

"No I think it was a brilliant stroke which in retrospect it appears even more so"

Hillary Clinton's latest stop on her "sell her book/campaign for 2016" tour was an interview with the BBC. The former Secretary of State was asked if she is now embarrassed by the famous reset button with Russia. Amazingly her reply was, "No I think it was a brilliant stroke which in retrospect it appears even more so."

During a March 2009 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the Russian with a small green box with a ribbon. Inside was a red button with the Russian word “peregruzka” printed on it which Hillary believed meant "reset" unfortunately it means "overcharged."

Five years later after Snowden's sanctuary in Russia, Putin outmaneuvering Obama regarding Syria, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many would argue that U.S./Russian relations are at their lowest point since the Cold War. Not Ms. Clinton however, as witnessed by this segment of her BBC interview: 

Interviewer: 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.

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