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March 5th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

Hillary Clinton clarifies 'impolitic' remarks

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton clarified some controversial remarks Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Clinton said that the moves Russian President Vladimir Putin has made in Ukraine are similar to those Adolf Hitler and the Nazis made in the 1930s, saying Putin's rush to protect anyone of Russian descent in Crimea is reminiscent of what Hitler did to protect Germans before World War II.

"I just want everybody to have a little historic perspective. I'm not making a comparison, certainly. But I am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before," Clinton said at a lecture at UCLA.

It's never diplomatic to compare anyone in global politics, especially the Russians, to the Nazi Germany, says Susan Glasser, editor at Politico Magazine and co-author of "Kremlin Rising."

"Comparisons to Hitler are usually pretty toxic in the political atmosphere, which is why we saw her immediately try to clarify them," said Clinton.

But Clinton did not get slammed by many conservatives.

"Probably a lot of Republicans actually agree with her, you know, it's part of their narrative that President Obama's weakness has somehow enticed Putin to take these steps," said Yahoo! News correspondent Olivier Knox.

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