Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit Leaders' Retreat Two with Hillary Clinton (C) and Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang in Vladivostok September 9, 2012. JIM WATSON/POOL/REUTERS
Clinton Ehrlich, Foreign Policy: The Kremlin Really Believes That Hillary Wants to Start a War With Russia
An American embedded within Moscow’s top foreign-policy brain trust explains why Putin and his cadres are backing Trump.
If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the world will remember Aug. 25 as the day she began the Second Cold War.
In a speech last month nominally about Donald Trump, Clinton called Russian President Vladimir Putin the godfather of right-wing, extreme nationalism. To Kremlin-watchers, those were not random epithets. Two years earlier, in the most famous address of his career, Putin accused the West of backing an armed seizure of power in Ukraine by “extremists, nationalists, and right-wingers.” Clinton had not merely insulted Russia’s president: She had done so in his own words.
Worse, they were words originally directed at neo-Nazis. In Moscow, this was seen as a reprise of Clinton’s comments comparing Putin to Hitler. It injected an element of personal animus into an already strained relationship — but, more importantly, it set up Putin as the representative of an ideology that is fundamentally opposed to the United States.
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WNU Editor: If you want to understand why Russia's foreign policy establishment and the Kremlin are hostile to Hillary Clinton .... and they are .... this is a must read post for you.