Hillary Clinton’s Remarks On Hitler Seen As Strategy

Hillary Clinton’s stunning H-bomb — comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian invasion to Adolf Hitler’s 1938 seizure of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland — was a blatant attempt to distance herself from the Obama administration as she prepares to mount a 2016 campaign for the White House, critics said.

“As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was enthusiastically for the reset with Putin,” William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, told the Herald. “Now, as a presidential candidate, she’s appalled by it. Will the real Hillary please stand up?”

Clinton made the comparison in front of a fundraiser audience in California on Tuesday.

“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the ’30s,” Clinton said, according to the Press-Telegram of Long Beach. “Hitler kept saying, ‘They’re not being treated right. I must go and protect my people.’ And that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous.”

With 2016 in mind, Clinton’s tough talk is meant to separate her from President Obama, seen as increasingly weak on the world stage and caught off-guard by Russia’s military seizure of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, political observers said.

“She is trying to distance herself from the administration and stake out her own policy, which is more in line with moderate Democrats and moderate Republicans than Obama’s is,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell.

Read more from Chris Cassidy at The Boston Herald

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