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Published: Friday, March 7 2014 10:10 a.m. MST

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Church member
North Salt Lake, UT

I think this author has an ax to grind with Hillary. Is he worried she might win in 2016? I think so.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Of course, Putin's language about "protecting" ethnic Russians from non-existent threats is precisely analogous to Hitler's language about "protecting" Germans from the innocuous Czechs and Poles as he proceeded to take over their countries. Hillary's statement is just common knowledge.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Hitler and NAZI analogies pop up on these posts all the time. Of course, the "Hitler" being referred to is almost always Obama. Surely DN allows Hitler comparisons from everyone as long as a civil dialogue is maintained.

Sandy, UT

So Clinton says everyone wants to tone down the rhetoric and then she compares Putin to Hitler? Thats not exactly towning down the rhetoric.

Salt Lake City, UT

The similar acts of aggression are not enough for a comparison. Hillary is posturing for the coming election, but she's not advocating that we go to war as we did against Hitler. With the coming election in mind, anything a candidate says (this will be the most transparent administration, I will cut the deficit in half, the WH will not be run by lobbyists, I will restore US credibility and other nations will like us, ad nauseum) must be taken with a grain of salt. Mr. Obama's classic line "After the election I will have more flexibility," summarizes politics, e.g. don't listen to anything in the campaign because they have no value after the election.

Vacaville, CA

Clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle black. She should speak so highly of her husband's continuous deceit and deception. Elect Hillary president and she will grow a Hitler mustache and walk the goose step faster than you can shake a stick.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

The Soviet Union lost 20 million people to Hitler. What Clinton said was offensive. Don't go shooting off your mouth. As a Democrat, it is easy for her to demonize people that she disagrees with. But this time, it isn't some GOP congressman. There could be some ugly repercussions.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Comparing every strongman dictator to Hitler has become knee jerk reaction to an invasion or an atrocity in some far off region on the map. How many times have we heard it? The roll call includes Noriega, Saddam Hussein, Milosevic, Kim Jong Ill, Qaddafi, Assad, etc. It’s just not helpful to make every single one of them into the latest incarnation of Der Fuhrer. It’s become so predictable that it doesn’t mean anything anymore.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

"What difference does it make?" said Hillary. I think we all know that Hillary isn't the brightest leader in the world. Putin isn't that great either. The thing with Putin is his ability to exert control and influence of several million Russians and hijack that government to build his empire. Or one could argue that Obamas inability to be a real leader of the world, makes it easier for Putin, Kim Jong Un, Pakistan, Iran etc to spread their power and influence.

No doubt whatever happens, there will be problems down the road. Same issues we as human beings have had since we came to earth. Fight over land, territory, resources, ideas, government, money etc. None of that will change until each person changes their ways.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Hitler was fascist. Putin is communist. They are actually quite different and Hillary's comparison is wrong.

What this is is Hillary (a liberal) attempting to paint Putin as conservative, which he is not. She is trying to distance Putin from her own political ideology. But the truth is their ideologies are very much the same. I'm not saying Hillary is going to invade another country - Putin is clearly less calculated than Hillary - but their viewpoints are remarkably similar.

Sugar City, ID

I think Putin likes what he sees in North Korea - the worship of Kin Jung Uhn.

Salt Lake City, UT

No, there are similarities with regards to the argument put out by Russia with regards to Crimea but there's enough differences overall that it's not particularly helpful to suggest a comparison (not that it particularly matters much of course since she's not Secretary of State right now).

Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Sir Robin - Putin is NOT a Communist.

The Soviet Union is dead.

Putin is a nationalist, and a corporatist, who (although he may sometimes publicly express a distrust of capitalism) supports and is supported by major oligarchic capitalists.

. . . Just Like Hitler was.

salt lake city, utah

Simply said no. Craig Clark says it well.

"It’s just not helpful to make every single one of them into the latest incarnation of Der Fuhrer. It’s become so predictable that it doesn’t mean anything anymore."

So I would add, just please stop with the Hitler comparisons on both sides. I would also add that Hillary could regret saying this if she finds herself President and having to deal with Putin face to face. Not too smart.

However..it really takes a ton of gaul for the DN to print an article asking this question about Hillary when the right has compared such actions as delaying an ACA deadline to Hitler like dictates.

Virginia Beach, VA

Liberal Ted . . . Hillary is a whole lot more intelligent than anything the Republicans have been able to produce lately.

If you think Hillary is stupid, then how do you rate GW Bush?

And what's this about Obama's " inability to be a real leader of the world?" Obama enjoys much more international respect than GW ever did.

It is only American Right Wingers in their closed little world who share that negative opinion of Obama.


I've heard the US using the same excuse "protecting our people and interests in the region" to send troops overseas.

Insulting a person is not the way to open a dialog. Hillary has been spending to much time on social media sites.

E Sam
Provo, UT

Godwin's Law. Don't compare people to Hitler. It's always facile, and always wrong.

Bountiful, UT

Comparing Putin to Hitler is spot on when remembering what Hitter did in the late 30s. And since she is making that comparison, is she also comparing Obama to Chamberlain?

Food for thought

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

People compare Obama to Hitler every day in these comments. I can't see Clinton's use of the comparison suddenly offends people.

Craig Clark hits the nail on the head. Comparisons to Hitler have become so overused and thus diluted that it's lost its meaning.

Woods Cross, UT

Hitler seized the Sudetenland to start a war. Hitler felt that he FAILED at the Munich Conference.

Putin is a nationalist, but I don't think he is trying to start WWIII.
But looking at Russian history over the last 200 years, Russia is NOT going to back away from Crimea. They have military bases there, they have a right to keep troops there (through a treaty with the legally-elected Ukrainian governmnet) and they have a historical/nationalist argument of a political and cultural relationship with the region for two centuries.

If the people of Crimea want to confederate with Russia, who really has the right to stop them? Does the United States and European Union really want to sacrifice life and treasure to bolster up the Ukrainian government and economy? To what ends?

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