Clinton's hawkish position on Russia troubling to right and left
Mrs. Clinton isn’t the only candidate to take a tough stand on Russia’s annexation of Crimea and ongoing involvement in the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But she brings more heat to the discourse than any other Democrat or most Republicans.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave a speech in Berlin in which he said the West should “push back” against Russian aggression.
Mr. Bush described Mr. Putin as a bully who “will push until someone pushes back.”
But he warned against being reactionary and pushing away the Russian people, as occurred during the Cold War.
“I don’t think we should be reacting to bad behavior. By being clear of what the consequences of that bad behavior is in advance, I think we will deter the kind of aggression we fear from Russia,”
“But always reacting and giving the sense we’re reacting in a tepid fashion only enables the bad behavior of Putin.”
Conservative commentator Paul Craig Roberts, an economist who served as assistant secretary of treasury under President Reagan, warned that Mrs. Clinton will have a difficulty backing down from a confrontation with Mr. Putin after calling him Hitler.
“When you go that far out on a limb, you really kind of have to go the rest of the way,” he said