“The claims by President Putin and other Russians that they had to go into Crimea and maybe further into Eastern Ukraine because they had protect the Russia minorities—that is reminiscent of claims that were made back in the 1930s when Germany under the Nazis kept talking about how they had to protect German minorities in Poland, in Czechoslovakia, and elsewhere throughout Europe. So I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I’m not making a comparison certainly, but I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before.”
—-Hillary Clinton on the Crimea crisis, showing that she has learned deceit and dishonesty at Bill’s knee, or, perhaps, was really the teacher all along.
‘I’m not making a comparison: I’m just comparing them. I’m not saying Putin is like Hitler, I’m just saying he’s acting like Hitler. I’m not making a comparison; I just want to evoke the specter of Hitler’s expansion over Europe while everyone looked the other way without being accused of doing so.’
And adding “certainly” makes it all undeniable.
Some observations, in the throes of disgust:
1. Anyone who champions the presidential candidacy of such a cynical, flagrant, serial, confident liar as Hillary Clinton simply either does not believe in the value of trustworthy leadership, or has a lot of explaining to do.
2. What is most galling about this is that Clinton is so sure that most of the public—and the media, of course— will let it slide, and not hold her accountable in any way. This is an insult. “I have just said X, but because you are mentally defective sheep, I now say that I didn’t say what I just said, and you will believe me.” And yet, she is probably right.
3. In addition to the jaw-dropping dishonesty, lying-right-in-our-faces-and-expecting-us-to-like-it arrogance, there is also the problem that the statement is incompetent, cowardly and irresponsible. If Putin is acting like Hitler, then that suggests that certain actions are mandatory, and the comparison ought to be made. If he is not acting like Hitler, then the comparison will lead to the wrong conclusion and is unfair, and thus should not be made. If he is acting like Hitler, then the use of that comparison is a powerful way to shame and indict Putin, and no statesman should shrink from the duty of telling the truth to the public, Russia, and the world. If he is not, then saying otherwise is incompetent and poor diplomacy. Saying he is acting like Hitler while simultaneously denying it manages to accomplish all the negatives without any of the benefits, while avoiding accountability. It is cowardly.
4. Clinton, who has listened to her character-challenged husband get away with such verbal sleight-of-tongue for decades, is undoubtedly also emboldened by the spectacle of Democrats and the media refusing to take the current Democratic President to task for similar denials uttered in close proximity of the truth, such as Obama’s claim that he didn’t draw a red line and his attempt to rephrase his “you can keep your plan” assurances after its deliberate falseness was exposed. This bears out the maxim that a citizenry that tolerates lying leaders will get worse lies and more dishonest leaders until it finally stops being tolerant.
5. Knee-jerk feminist supporters of Mrs. Clinton need to decide if they really and truly believe having a female President is more important than having a President who respects them the same way a con artist respects his marks. If that is their choice, then that is the respect they deserve.
* The Jumbo is the special Ethics Alarms category for public statements that deny what is undeniable in a spectacularly brazen manner, named after the famous response of Jimmy Durante in the Broadway musical “Jumbo,” who, when stopped by a sheriff as he attempted to sneak an elephant out of a circus, asked, “Elephant? What elephant?”