Ken Blackwell

Hillary’s blunders are not confined to this hemisphere. She kicked off her “Re-set” summit with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov by presenting the dour Russian with a big red “Re-set” button—whose Cyrillic letters were spelled wrong! The whole idea of “Re-set” with Russia comes down to this: Russia can help Iran’s nuclear program, Russia can meddle in Ukraine, Russia can invade the Republic of Georgia, and we’re going to overlook all of that.

Hillary’s leaks scandal reminds me of a joke recited by Soviet dictator Nikita Khrushchev, perhaps the only joke told in 70 years of Communist misrule. The party boss said a man was arrested outside the Kremlin for yelling: “Khrushchev is a fool.” Nikita Sergeyevich told western reporters the unfortunate Soviet citizen got a “fiver”—one year for insulting the party chairman and four for revealing a state secret.

Now, Secretary Clinton says it’s America’s urgent priority to approve the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia. She wants this Lame Duck Senate to ram the thing through.

Remember Ronald Reagan’s famous take on U.S.-Soviet relations. “Trust, but verify,” the Gipper always said. Dealing from a position of strength, Reagan was able to sign a treaty embodying biggest reduction in nuclear arms in history.

Now, this administration ignores the Russian spies who were arrested on the eve of President Obama’s “hamburger summit” with President Medvedev. They booted the spies out of the country before having any chance to interrogate them, to learn what they learned, to determine who they talked to about U.S. national security. Attorney General Holder didn’t even have a chance to read them their Miranda rights or to provide them with one of his favorite lawyers from the Al Qaeda bar.

From Reagan’s “Trust, but verify,” we have gone under this administration to pumping for a treaty with the Russians that is all trust and no verification. No wonder the Russians show their contempt for this administration daily.

Let’s hope the newly strengthened Senate GOP caucus will call a quick STOP to this false START. Besides, Hillary needs to spend all her time smoothing diplomatic feathers ruffled by her most undiplomatic spying and prying.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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