Article: Hillary Clinton says Parliamentary Election in Russia was Rigged / Huffington Post / 6th December 2011
Excerpt. VILNIUS, Lithuania — Issuing new warnings to two U.S. partners Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Russia for a parliamentary election she said was rigged.
Telling Thoughts Comment
Hillary Clinton’s blurting suspicions of Russian electoral fraud could hardly be regarded as the act of a sage diplomat. What is to be gained by megaphoning the world to let us know (what we already know) that Vladimir Putin and his cronies are a bunch of crooks?
The United States has to deal with governments they don’t necessarily like every day of the week. Dealing with Russia is no exception. Diplomacy demands patience and intelligence, not acts of belligerence from an amateur and opinionated, ex politician.