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My Questions for Hillary on Putin

Hillary Clinton is ready to share more thoughts on Vladimir Putin.

The Hill reports:

In a CNN interview scheduled to air on Sunday, the possible 2016 front-runner and former secretary of State said Russia “bears responsibility” for arming and supporting Russian separatists in Ukraine.

“I think if there were any doubt it should be gone by now that Vladimir Putin – certainly indirectly through his support of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian special forces and intelligence agents – bears responsibility for what happened to shoot down the airline,” she said on “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Okay, so what happens next?

My questions for Hillary:

1) What happens if Europe doesn’t take the lead on sanctions? Would a strong American policy stance inspire a strong European policy stance?

2) What kinds of sanctions, specifically, should the United States be imposing on Russia?

3) Should the United States be placing Pentagon advisers in Ukraine right now? What about military assistance to the government in Kiev? Good ideas–why or why not?

4) The Daily Beast recently reported that “Kiev last month requested the radar jamming and detection equipment necessary to evade and counter the anti-aircraft systems Moscow was providing the country’s separatists.” Your reaction?

5) What does American leadership on this issue look like specifically in terms of policy and language?

6) If you were President today, what would you do with respect to Russia and Ukraine? Would polling that often reflects a lack of American interest in greater involvement in Ukraine play a factor in your decision?

That’s where I’d start.

Jedediah Bila is co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News at 12pm ET. She is an author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.

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Patricia
6 years ago

Putin is not our problem. Ukraine is not our problem. In case noboby noticed, the US is drowning in debt and government regulations and being invaded from the south. It is time to look at what really matters, and it’s not what is happening in Europe. We have bailed their butts out enough. Besides, with all the neocon propaganda buzzing around, it’s getting harder and harder to divide sides into “good guys” and “bad guys” as our silly media does all the time.

Ivan Berry
6 years ago

Now, on a somewhat more serious note based upon the voter survey sent out by the Chair of the Republican Nat’l Committee, Reince Priebus for potential Presidentual nominees selected from his proffered candidates,
should the Republicans nominate either John Bolton, Jeb Bush (yep, another Bush), Chris Christie, Newt Ginrich, Rob Portman, Condoleezza Rice, or Scott Walker to counter the propposed run by H. Clinton and the question as who would best serve and who should win: What difference does it make?

scouch
6 years ago

Well uh, er, um lets see, you asked so here is my short version answer for the American People, what difference does it matter.

Jim Hammond
6 years ago

I hear lots of criticism of Hillary Clinton which I agree are mostly accurate but that gets us no where! What are some suggestions for effective action to counter Putin. He is shrewd and plays everyone. The first thing on my list is tell truth and stop being afraid to be blunt. It seems to me that Reagan would call Putin a liar and that he is trying to reconstitute the Evil Empire that was the old Soviet Russia. Putin has met and talked to Obama so he knows how weak he is and he realizes Obama will hide behind… Read more »

JLB
6 years ago

A great set of questions from Jedediah. I wish she could interview Hillary on the set of Outnumbered. Unfortunately, as many of you have pointed out, Hillary would avoid answering the questions directly but she might put her foot in her mouth. She has done that numerous times on her book tour.

Rik
6 years ago

If anyone expects anything but “reasonable doubt” spin from any politician that went to law school, I’ve got tickets to vacation on the next voyage of the Titanic I can sell you! Now the socialist democrats even marry attorney spouses.

What’s next? … A gay socialist democratic attorney president and his/her gay spouse? … Maybe in France!

PaulE
6 years ago

Jedediah, All good questions, but unfortunately none of them are likely to be answered by Hillary anytime soon. Certainly not in any sort of a direct, plain-spoken fashion, that avoids the use of political double-speak in order to avoid taking either personal ownership or responsibility for decisions she or the Obama administration made, while she was Secretary of State. Like Bill Clinton, Hillary is trying to carefully balance her seat on the proverbial fence. All with the expressed purpose of not discouraging her loyal supporters, ahead of 2016, by supplying answers of real substance and clarity that would mar the… Read more »

Ivan Berry
6 years ago

Since Bill supported the Kosovars and their liberation army in getting out from under the rule of the Serbs, it seems that Hillary should support the Russian Separatists if she expects to remain consistant with the Clinton doctrine.

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