Contribute
CONNECT:

research

Clinton’s Russia Reset Has Failed

- November 13, 2015

The Pentagon Designated Russia As Its Top National Security Threat

"The Pentagon Has Put Russia At The Top Of Its List Of National Security Threats…" "The Pentagon has put Russia at the top of its list of national security threats with its plan to increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and troops on rotating assignment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe." (Editorial, "The Pentagon's Top Threat? Russia," The New York Times, 2/3/16)

  • The New York Times Headline: "The Pentagon's Top Threat? Russia" (Editorial, "The Pentagon's Top Threat? Russia," The New York Times, 2/3/16)

The Pentagon Unveiled Its "Plan To Refocus The Defense Budget To Counter Technological And Military Advances By Russia." "The Pentagon unveiled a proposal Tuesday to boost spending on advanced weaponry and the U.S. footprint in Europe, part of a plan to refocus the defense budget to counter technological and military advances by Russia and China." (Missy Ryan, "Pentagon Unveils Budget Priority For Next Year: Countering Russia And China," The Washington Post , 2/2/16)

Defense Secretary Carter Made The Case That "Russia's Intervention Beyond Its Borders Pose A Bigger Danger To U.S. Security… Than Does The Immediate Threat From The Islamic State." "On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter previewed the Pentagon budget proposal for fiscal 2017, making a case for why China's rapid military buildup and Russia's intervention beyond its borders pose a bigger danger to U.S. security, and merit larger investments, than does the immediate threat from the Islamic State." (Missy Ryan, "Pentagon Unveils Budget Priority For Next Year: Countering Russia And China," The Washington Post , 2/2/16)

"Almost Half Of The New Investments… Are Related To What Officials See As A Growing Threat From Moscow, Where President Vladimir Putin Has Demonstrated His Willingness To Employ Russian Military Might From Ukraine To Syria." "Almost half of the new investments Carter will propose are related to what officials see as a growing threat from Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin has demonstrated his willingness to employ Russian military might from Ukraine to Syria." (Missy Ryan, "Pentagon Unveils Budget Priority For Next Year: Countering Russia And China," The Washington Post , 2/2/16)

New Developments Further Highlight The Failure Of Clinton's Russia Reset

"It Is Undeniable That Russia Has Become Openly Aggressive" And There Are New "Questions About Whether Russia Might Try To Extend Its Reach To The Baltic States." "It is undeniable that Russia has become openly aggressive under President Vladimir Putin, who has violated sovereign borders by annexing Crimea and stoking civil war in Ukraine. A cease-fire in Ukraine was declared last year, but Russian forces still maintain a presence in eastern Ukraine, raising questions about whether Russia might try to extend its reach to the Baltic States." (Editorial, "The Pentagon's Top Threat? Russia," The New York Times, 2/3/16)

Russia Slapped A Travel Ban Against Five U.S. Officials. "Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had introduced a travel ban on five law-enforcement officials from the United States in retaliation for a similar action by Washington. The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on five Russian officials it accuses of human rights abuses including four it said were involved in the 2009 death in prison of a corruption-fighting Russian lawyer." ("Russia Slaps Travel Ban On 5 U.S. Officials," Reuters, 2/2/16)

NATO Commander General Breedlove Said This Week That Russian Bombing In Syria Is Worsening The European Immigration Crisis. "The U.S. senior commander in Europe warned the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Syrian regime's continued use of barrel bombs and Russia's use of indiscriminate strikes in backing President Bashar al Assad is exacerbating the European immigration crisis. Even after an agreement to a cessation of fighting between the Syrian regime and moderate opposition groups 'we have not really seen a change in the type of sorties being flown' by the Russians, U.S. European Command commander Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said." (John Grady, "EUCOM Breedlove: Indiscriminate Russian Bombing In Syria Worsening European Immigration Crisis," USNI News, 3/1/16)

  • NATO Commander Gen. Breedlove Believes Putin and Assad Are “Weaponizing” Migrant Flows To Undermine European Security And Unity. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, are ‘weaponizing’ the region's refugee crisis and are using it to undermine Europe's security and unity, according to a top U.S. and NATO commander in Europe.” (Holly Ellyatt, “Putin ‘Weaponizing’ Migrant Crisis To Hurt Europe,” CNBC, 3/2/16)

President Obama Decided To Extend U.S. Sanctions Imposed On Russia Following Its Military Intervention In Ukraine. "President Obama has extended for another year U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine, according to a White House statement. Obama signed an executive order to prolong the raft of measures that target senior Russian officials and businessmen connected to President Vladimir Putin's inner circle, as well as a number of key Russian state companies, blocking them from visiting or holding assets in the United States, as well as doing business with some U.S. companies. The United States imposed the sanctions in March 2014, after Russian troops seized Crimea from Ukraine, sparking the most serious crisis between Moscow and Washington since the end of the Cold War." (Patrick Reevell, "Obama Prolongs Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine Crisis," ABC News, 3/3/16)

In January, Putin Named The United States As A National Security Threat To Russia. "A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years. The document, 'About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation', was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, endorsed by then- President Dmitry Medvedev, the current prime minister, which mentioned neither the United States not NATO." (Vladimir Soldatkin, "Putin Names United States Among Threats In New Russian Security Strategy," Reuters, 1/2/16)

  • The New Designation Is "A Sign Of How Relations With The West Have Deteriorated In Recent Years." "A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years. The document, 'About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation', was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, endorsed by then- President Dmitry Medvedev, the current prime minister, which mentioned neither the United States not NATO." (Vladimir Soldatkin, "Putin Names United States Among Threats In New Russian Security Strategy," Reuters, 1/2/16)

In December, The U.S. "Sought To Tighten Economic Pressure On Russia For Its Intervention In Ukraine, Imposing Sanctions On Dozens Of Individuals And Companies It Said Were Circumventing American And International Restrictions." "The Obama administration on Tuesday sought to tighten economic pressure on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, imposing sanctions on dozens of individuals and companies it said were circumventing American and international restrictions." (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, "U.S. Imposes Sanctions Over Russia's Intervention In Ukraine," The New York Times, 12/22/15)

In November, Putin Announced That "Russia Will Counter NATO's U.S.-Led Missile Defense Program By Deploying New Strike Weapons Capable Of Piercing The Shield." "Russia will counter NATO's U.S.-led missile defense program by deploying new strike weapons capable of piercing the shield, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday. Putin told defense officials that by developing defenses against ballistic missiles Washington aims to 'neutralize' Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent and gain a 'decisive military superiority.'" (Vladimir Isachenkov, "Russia To Deploy New Weapons To Counter US Missile Shield," The Associated Press, 11/10/15)

Also In November, Russia Signed A Contract To Sell Iran S-300 Surface To Air Missiles Systems. "Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Monday." ("Russia, Iran Have Signed Contract For Missile System Delivery: RIA," Reuters, 11/9/15)

  • "Israel And The US Fear The Missiles Could Be Used To Protect Iranian Nuclear Sites From Air Strikes." ("Russia To Provide Iran With S-300 Air Defence Missiles," BBC, 11/9/15)

In September, The Russian Military Launched A Bombing Attack In Syria Against Opposition Fighters, Not ISIS Targets. "Russian aircraft carried out a bombing attack against Syrian opposition fighters on Wednesday, including at least one group trained by the C.I.A., eliciting angry protests from American officials and plunging the complex sectarian war there into dangerous new territory." (Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon and Neil MacFarquhar, "Russians Strike Targets In Syria, But Not ISIS Areas," The New York Times, 9/30/15)

  • "Blindsided By The Unexpected Swiftness Of Russia's Air Attacks In Syria, The Obama Administration Scrambled…To Retake The Diplomatic And Military Initiatives..." "Blindsided by the unexpected swiftness of Russia's air attacks in Syria, the Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to retake the diplomatic and military initiatives, saying that it would not be bullied into supporting President Bashar al-Assad and that it was about to significantly expand its own Syrian air operations." (Karen DeYoung, "Obama Administration Scrambles As Russia Attempts To Seize Initiative In Syria," The Washington Post , 9/30/15)

Clinton Maintained Her Failed Reset Was "A Brilliant Stroke"

Clinton On The Russia Reset, June 2014: "I Thought It Was A Brilliant Stroke, Which In Retrospect Appears Even More So, Because Look At What We Accomplished." BBC HOST: "You famously pressed the reset button. Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?" CLINTON: "No I thought it was a brilliant stroke, which in retrospect appears even more so, because look at what we accomplished." ( Interview With BBC, 6/13/14)

Clinton's Russia Reset Policy "Now Lies In Tatters." "But most experts agree that the policy now lies in tatters, with Russian President Vladimir Putin openly fueling anti-American sentiment at home and pursuing confrontational policies abroad, such as the invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of its Crimea region." (Olivier Knox, "Russia 'Reset' Architect To Next President: Don't Try That Again," Yahoo, 5/27/15)

  • Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford: "Russia Presents The Greatest Threat To Our National Security." JOE MANCHIN: "And sir, I'm sure you've had the opportunity to form opinions on what our threats have been and what our threats are today. What would you consider the greatest threat to our national security?" GENERAL JOSEPH DUNFORD: "My assessment today is that Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/9/15)
  • Even Bill Clinton Has Knocked Hillary's Russia Reset Policy, Conceding It Had Few Accomplishments And Went From "Our Attempt To Do Better" To "Estrangement." BILL CLINTON: "The only thing that has survived the estrangement of the United States and Russia from our attempt to do better is something called the New START Treaty, negotiated by Hillary's State Department, which makes us much safer from this prospect from an accidental or intentional nuclear exchange. In a dangerous world, I think that's a pretty good deal." (Bill Clinton, Remarks At A Hillary Clinton Campaign Rally, Nashua, NH, 1/4/16)v

Previous post

Clinton Denounced The Libyan Leader She Was Once “Actively Cozying Up” To

Next post

After Scrutiny, Clinton Group Refiled Tax Returns
Republican National Committee

Connect With Us

Republican National Committee
Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
News & Videos
  • 310 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • 202-863-8500

By providing your phone number, you are consenting to receive calls and SMS/MMS msgs, including autodialed and automated calls and texts, to that number from the Republican National Committee. Msg&data rates may apply. Terms & conditions/privacy policy apply 80810-info.com.

Paid for by the Republican National Committee. Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Candidate's Committee. www.gop.com

By providing your phone number, you are consenting to receive calls and SMS/MMS msgs, including autodialed and automated calls and texts, to that number from the Republican National Committee. Msg&data rates may apply. Terms & conditions/privacy policy apply 80810-info.com.

Paid for by the Republican National Committee.
Not Authorized By Any Candidate Or Candidate's Committee. www.gop.com