Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Statement Analysis Hillary Clinton Uses Nazi Reference

Both employed Nazi references 
Employing the words "Nazi" and "Hitler" increases tension between nations. 
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did this very thing when she compared the recent Russian troop deployment in Crimea to policies implemented by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany regime. When the "Nazi card" is played by politicians, it increases the the possibility of violence.  We saw this when Bill Clinton was President when he employed the Nazi references. 
Speaking at an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, Calif. Tuesday, Clinton drew parallels between what she described as a campaign by Russian President Vladimir Putin to give Russian passports to any Crimea resident with Russian ties and the so-called "Heim ins Reich" resettlement policy practiced by the German dictatorship prior to World War II.
" What Hitler did back in the 30s, all the Germans that were ... the ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, 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."
Later in her remarks, Clinton described Putin as a man "who believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness ... When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia.
However, the former top American diplomat did strike a cautiously optimistic note as she claimed that the ongoing Crimea situation was "a real nail-biter, right now, but nobody wants to up the rhetoric. Everybody wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution and that’s what we should be trying to do."
Note that "nobody" wants to up the rhetoric, right after using the Hitler reference, upping the rhetoric. 
Note next that "everybody" wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution, rather than a military solution. 
Now note that she says:  "that's what we should be trying to do" but not what she actually did.  The word "should" is key. 
President Putin has also used the Nazi reference. 

10 comments:

JoAnn said...

"That's what we should be trying to do"
Obviously, she isn't doing this, but by using the inclusive "we" does this tell us she thinks others are also inflaming the situation (the President)?

Sus said...

Boo me off the stage, but I think Hillary Clinton hit just the right tone for her position as the retired Secretary of State. Putin cares very much what he LOOKS like on the world stage. He cares what Bill Clinton thinks, and knows Hillary is relaying Bill's thoughts. The only way to stop Putin without military force may be to show him how the world sees him.

Red Ryder said...

I'm glad you noted that Putin played the Nazi card too. It seems like there's a lot of room on that bandwagon this go round!

Red Ryder said...

Respectfully Sus, I don't think Putin cares what the rest of the world thinks about him. I don't think he will purposefully provoke a war over Crimea but if can muscle his way into more power or land in the Ukraine-yes. He is a wealthy, powerful, arrogant person who does seem to seek approval of others but it's usually his countrymen/women I've noticed.

Sus said...

Red Ryder,
Oh, he is arrogant, alright and he wants the Ukraine. There are very few leaders he admires or listens to...for some reason Bill Clinton is one. I think he'll take in what Hillary said and mull it over. Admittedly, that could be wishful thinking on my part.

Red Ryder said...

Hi Sus! I hope you are right. Maybe he has a macho respect for Bill Clinton. If so, I say use it!
SA "nobody" is a negative, it's almost like not in the senrtence? Does this make it sensitive like not? Because there is no nobody~ both HC and Pres.P "went there"

HC says "everybody wants a diplomatic solution" she presumes to speak for Pres.P. What if that isn't what he wants?
"Should" be trying to do. Well. At least she knows what the expectation is:)


Eleni said...

There are many reasons Hillary could have for making an oversimplified, bold and potentially politically reckless statement. One of those reasons is that she apparently is not capable, right now, of a more nuanced view of the complexities involving the delicate situation in the Ukraine. Therefore, Hillary should have kept her mouth closed. Furthermore, Pres. Clinton himself stated about Putin, "He kept his word on all the deals we made." That doesn't sound like Hitler to me.

Red Ryder said...

Hello Eleni. It isn"t President Putin Deal keeping that is Hitleresque but as stated "Clinton drew parallels between what she described as a campaign by Russian President Vladimir Putin to give Russian passports to any Crimea resident with Russian ties and the so-called "Heim ins Reich" resettlement policy practiced by the German dictatorship prior to World War II."

Eleni said...

Red Ryder, can you show that hair splittng technique to my hair stylist?:)
Hillary Clinton should know better. She intended a certain reaction from her audience, that's why she added the words, "nervous."

Red Ryder said...

Lol:)