The failed Russian reset engineered by President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a one-sided affair. The Americans repeatedly gave Russia’s nuclear monopoly, Rosatom, assets like uranium under U.S. soil and billions of dollars in nuclear fuel contracts that made American electricity customers reliant on Moscow for years to come.
And then Vladimir Putin pulled the rug out from under the Obama administration in 2014, invading the Crimea region of U.S. ally Ukraine in a move that ended the reboot and made for frosty relations between Washington and Moscow.
In Chapters 2 and 6, the new book Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties describes how Putin lured the Obama-Biden-Clinton team into many giveaways, as Russian nuclear executives were secretly captured by the FBI mocking team Obama for making it so easy for Moscow to get what it wanted.
Here are modified excerpts of those chapters that tell the story.