December 6, 2012 11:28 pm
Clinton vows to thwart new Soviet Union
By Charles Clover in Moscow
The US is trying to prevent Russia from recreating a new version of the Soviet Union under the ruse of economic integration, Hillary Clinton warned on Thursday.
“There is a move to re-Sovietise the region,” the US secretary of state told a news conference in Dublin hours before going into a meeting with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
“It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a customs union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that,” she said, referring to various iterations of a Moscow-backed plan to deepen economic ties with its neighbours.
“But let's make no mistake about it. We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.”
Mrs Clinton said efforts at regional hegemony had been accompanied by new campaigns of repression from pro-Moscow regimes throughout the former Soviet Union. Her tone signalled that the US was rethinking its “reset” in relations with Russia, declared in 2009, during which criticism of its human rights record has been muted and Moscow appeared to have a freer hand in the former Soviet region.
Mrs Clinton linked what she said was an effort at expansionism by the Kremlin to a political crackdown within Russia, which has passed repressive laws. Speaking to an audience of civil society groups from the region, she said: “It's distressing that 20 years into the post-Soviet era so many of the hoped-for indicators of progress are retreating. We are trying to fight that, but it is very difficult,” she said.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a5b15b14-3fcf-11e2-9f71-00144feabdc0.htmlThey ridiculed Romney when he spoke of Moscow's agenda, both in the debate and other places. Of course, he knew nothing about foreign relations or foreign policy. Yet Romney's bowel movements have more dignity and class than either of the Obamas or Clintons.
Remember, whatever happens is not the fault of Obama -- it's those who voted for another four year ride on this train wreck. They own it!