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An XL-Sized Dodge Unraveling

- July 28, 2015

Clinton's Bizarre Argument That She Cannot Comment On Issues She Oversaw As Secretary Falls Apart When Viewing Her Public Comments And Recent Memoir

TODAY, CLINTON CLAIMED IT IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR HER TO COMMENT ON THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE BECAUSE SHE WAS INVOLVED IN ITS DELIBERATIONS AS SECRETARY OF STATE

When Asked "Yes Or No" By A Voter In New Hampshire If She Would Support The Building Of The Keystone Pipeline, Clinton Said "If It's Undecided When I Become President I Will Answer Your Question." QUESTION: "As president, would you sign a bill, yes or no please, in favor of allowing the Keystone XL pipeline?" HILLARY CLINTON: "Well…as you know, I was the secretary of state who started that process. I was the one who put into place the investigation. I have now passed it off, as obvious, because I'm no longer there, to Secretary Kerry. This is President Obama's decision, and I am not going to second guess him because I was in a position to set this in motion and I do not think that would be the right thing to do. So I want to wait and see what he and Secretary Kerry decide. If it's undecided when I become president I will answer your question." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Town Hall Meeting In Nashua, NH, 7/28/15)

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Clinton: " I Do Not Think It Appropriate For Me To Comment On Something That I Had Official Responsibilities For Until It Is Completed, And That I Might Have Official Responsibilities For Again. " CLINTON: "No, no, I don't know though, all the policies people might ask me about but I'm in a different position than any other Presidential candidate, I served in this administration for four years and I worked very hard in that position to push forward the President's agenda and also to make my views clear whenever appropriate, so off the top of my head I can't think of any but I did a lot of work over those four years so I can't tell you for sure that there won't be something else that comes up. But if you look at both the trade agreement and the Keystone decision, I will certainly express my opinion when there is something to express an opinion about. Right now, anybody who is talking about this really has to be shooting in the dark because we don't know what's either going to be in the trade agreement and my hope is that my concerns, that have been made both publicly and privately to the administration will certainly affect how this trade agreement is written and agreed to, and similarly on Keystone, it is likely to be decided in this administration, but if it's not I will have responsibility. And, you know, I don't want to make too much of this because I'm very clear, and have been consistent that I do not think it appropriate for me to comment on something that I had official responsibilities for until it is completed, and that I might have official responsibilities for again, so that is where I stand." (Hillary Clinton, Press Conference In Nashua, NH 7/28/15)

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Clinton "Has Repeatedly Declined To State A Position On The Keystone Project, Saying It Would Be 'Inappropriate' For Her To 'Prejudge' The Decision." "Clinton, the former secretary of State, has repeatedly declined to state a position on the Keystone project, saying it would be 'inappropriate' for her to 'prejudge' the decision that President Obama may make about whether to approve it. 'I'm in a different position' than other candidates who have taken sides on Keystone because of her previous role in the administration, Clinton told reporters during a news conference here after a town-hall meeting with voters." (David Lauter, "Clinton Won't Take Sides On Keystone But Says It Shouldn't Be A Litmus Test," Los Angeles Times, 7/28/15)

BUT CLINTON HAS COMMENTED ON MANY OTHER ISSUES SHE OVERSAW AS SECRETARY

Since Stepping Down As Secretary, Clinton Commented On The Ongoing Syrian Civil War In Her Book And In Interviews Even Though She Was Involved In Its Deliberations As Secretary Of State

In Hard Choices , Clinton Says She Believed Providing Arms To The Syrian Rebels Would Have Have Been A Better Course Of Action, Contrary To What The Obama Administration Ultimately Decided. "These were very reasonable concerns, but Petraeus and I argued that there was a big difference between Qatar and Saudi Arabia dumping weapons into the country and the United States responsibly training and equipping a nonextremist rebel force. And getting control of that mess was a big part of our plan's rationale. What's more the goal was not to build up a force strong enough to beat the regime. Rather the idea was to give us a partner on the ground we could work with that could do enough to convince Assad and his backers that a military victory was impossible. It wasn't a perfect plan, by any means. In fact, the best I could say for it was it was that it was the least bad option among many even worse alternatives." (Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hard Choices, 2014)

In A 2014 Interview With The Atlantic, Clinton Spoke Out Against The Obama Administration's "Failure" To Aid The Syrian Rebels. JEFFREY GOLDBERG: "Do you think we'd be where we are with ISIS right now if the U.S. had done more three years ago to build up a moderate Syrian opposition?" HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, I don't know the answer to that. I know that the failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad-there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle-the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled." (Jeffrey Goldberg, "Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' To Help Syrian Rebels Led To The Rise Of Isis," The Atlantic , 8/10/14)

Since Stepping Down As Secretary, Clinton Commented On The Iran Deal In Her Book As It Was Still Being Negotiated Even Though She Was Involved In Its Deliberations As Secretary Of State

In Hard Choices, Clinton Touted Her Work On Iran, Saying She Wanted To Move "Toward Tougher International Sanctions." "We decided to expose the truth on our own terms. That week world leaders were gathered for the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York. We knew that public disclosure of Iran's secret enrichment facility near Qom would cause an uproar-one we hoped to use to our advantage. President Obama was set to chair a meeting of the Security Council on nuclear security, and P5 + 1 negotiators were about to open a new round of talks with the Iranians. We had to choreograph carefully the disclosure with our British and French allies to maximize our leverage with both the Iranians and those countries predisposed to give them the benefit of the doubt, especially Russia and China. If handled deftly, this explosive revelation could tip the diplomatic balance against Iran and help move us toward tougher international sanctions." (Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hard Choices, 2014)

Clinton Took "Credit For Initiating Secret Talks With Iran In 2012 That Formed The Foundation For Negotiations." "The former secretary of state is much more closely tied to current U.S. diplomatic efforts toward Iran aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program. Mrs. Clinton has taken credit for initiating secret talks with Iran in 2012 that formed the foundation for negotiations that were recently extended another seven months. In addition, one of her closest foreign-policy advisers at the State Department, Jake Sullivan, remains one of the Obama administration's top negotiators with the Iranian diplomats." (Jay Solomon and Peter Nicholas, "Iran Talks Likely To Figure In Any Hillary Clinton 2016 Bid," The Wall Street Journal, 12/5/14)

  • The Talks Began With Two Of Clinton's Top Deputies While She Was Secretary. "Clinton has long been supportive of Obama's nuclear talks with Iran, which began in 2012 with secret contacts involving two of her top deputies while she was secretary of state. Under the emerging deal with the United States and five other countries, Iran would agree to curbs on its nuclear program in return for an eventual lifting of economic sanctions." (Michael Crowley, "Hillary Clinton Defends Barack Obama," Politico, 3/10/15)

Since Stepping Down As Secretary, Clinton Has Commented On The U.S. Intervention In Libya As The Country Descends Into Chaos Even Though She Was Involved In The Planning Of It As Secretary Of State

In A 2014 Interview With The Atlantic, Clinton Addressed The Libyan Intervention And The Ongoing "Lack Of Security" In The Country. HILLARY CLINTON: "I think we have learned a lot during this period, but then how to apply it going forward will still take a lot of calibration and balancing. But you know, we helped overthrow [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi." JEFFREY GOLDBERG: "But we didn't stick around for the aftermath." CLINTON: "Well, we did stick around. We stuck around with offers of money and technical assistance, on everything from getting rid of some of the nasty stuff he left behind, to border security, to training. It wasn't just us, it was the Europeans as well. Some of the Gulf countries had their particular favorites. They certainly stuck around and backed their favorite militias. It is not yet clear how the Libyans themselves will overcome the lack of security, which they inherited from Qaddafi. Remember, they've had two good elections. They've elected moderates and secularists and a limited number of Islamists, so you talk about democracy in action-the Libyans have done it twice-but they can't control the ground. But how can you help when you have so many different players who looted the stuffed warehouses of every kind of weapon from the Qaddafi regime, some of which they're using in Libya, some of which they're passing out around the region?" (Jeffrey Goldberg, "Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' To Help Syrian Rebels Led To The Rise Of Isis," The Atlantic , 8/10/14)

Also In 2014, Clinton Gave Remarks On The U.S. Intervention Into Libya And Addressed The Ongoing Instability Following The Fall Of Gaddafi. HILLARY CLINTON: "Compare that, of course, with Libya, where the 42-year rule of Gadhafi hollowed the country, hollowed out the institutions, drove into exile people who could have contributed post-revolution. When Gadhafi fell and the revolution was successful, there were some very promising early signs. That first election was well done, carried out according to international standards, and the winners were largely moderate secularists. And then what happened is when you can't perform the most basic function of a state-in other words, provide security-you're going to have all those tribes who had allied themselves predominantly with the rebels trying to figure out, what's in it for them? And I've met some of them, and, you know, they were united by their hatred of Gadhafi, but little else. And so now there's an effort to try to assert state security over this range of militias and tribal organizations. So the jury is out. We don't know. It's a rich country. It has the resources, if it can get itself organized. It's supposed to have an election towards the end of this month. We'll watch." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Council On Foreign Relations , New York, NY, 6/12/14)

Since Stepping Down As Secretary, Clinton Has Commented On The Russia 'Reset' Policy Amid Its Aggression In The Region Despite Orchestrating It As Secretary Of State

Clinton On The Russia Reset, June 2014: "I Thought It Was A Brilliant Stroke, Which In Retrospect Appears Even More So, Because Look At What We Accomplished." BBC HOST: "You famously pressed the reset button. Are you embarrassed by that now, that gesture?" HILLARY CLINTON: "No I thought it was a brilliant stroke, which in retrospect appears even more so, because look at what we accomplished." ( Interview With BBC, 6/13/14)

Clinton, July 2014: "[What I Think I Demonstrate In The Book Is That The Reset Worked." JOHN HARWOOD: "Let's talk about Russia for a second. …And so I guess my question is, you say in the book that America can't solve everything but nothing can be solved without America; we're the indispensable nation. If neither approach, the Bush administration or the Obama administration, worked with Putin, what exactly are we indispensable for?" HILLARY CLINTON: Well, I would take issue with the way you characterize that, because what I think I demonstrate in the book is that the reset worked. It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a certain amount of independence to negotiate, number one, a new arms control treaty, which was absolutely necessary." (NPR's "On Point," 7/24/14)

  • Clinton: The Reset "Was An Effort To Try To Obtain Russian Cooperation On Some Key Objectives While Medvedev Was President." CLINTON: "Well, I would take issue with the way you characterize that, because what I think I demonstrate in the book is that the reset worked. It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a certain amount of independence to negotiate, number one, a new arms control treaty, which was absolutely necessary." (NPR's " On Point," 7/24/14)

HEADLINES ARE BEING DOMINATED BY CLINTON'S XL-SIZED DODGE

The Washington Post Headline: "Clinton Ducks Keystone Question, Says She Will Give An Answer When She's President" (Anne Gearan, "Clinton Ducks Keystone Question, Says She Will Give An Answer When She's President," The Washington Post , 7/28/15)

MSNBC Headline: "Clinton Dodges Question On Keystone XL" (Alex Seitz-Wald, "Clinton Dodges Question On Keystone XL," MSNBC, 7/28/15)

Roll Call Headline: "Hillary Clinton Won't Tell Keystone XL Position Until 2017" (Steven Dennis, "Hillary Clinton Won't Tell Keystone XL Position Until 2017," Roll Call, 7/28/15)

The New York Times Headline: "Hillary Clinton Is Stumped On Question Of Keystone Pipeline" (Amy Chozick, "Hillary Clinton Is Stumped On Question Of Keystone Pipeline," The New York Times, 7/28/15)

Politico Headline: "Hillary Clinton Dodges Keystone Pipeline Question" (Gabriel Debendetti, "Hillary Clinton Dodges Keystone Pipeline Question," Politico, 7/28/15)

National Journal Headline: "Hillary Clinton: I'll Take a Stand on Keystone When I'm President" (Clare Foran, "Hillary Clinton: I'll Take a Stand on Keystone When I'm President," National Journal, 7/28/15)

CNN Headline: "Hillary Clinton Won't Answer Keystone XL Pipeline Question" (Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Won't Answer Keystone XL Pipeline Question," CNN, 7/28/15)

The Huffington Post Headline: "Hillary Clinton Cops Out On Keystone Question For Second Time In 2 Days" (Samantha Lachman, "Hillary Clinton Cops Out On Keystone Question For Second Time In 2 Days," The Huffington Post, 7/28/15)

The Wall Street Journal Headline: "Hillary Clinton: Be Prepared To Wait For My Keystone Stance" (Peter Nicholas, "Hillary Clinton: Be Prepared To Wait For My Keystone Stance," The Wall Street Journal, 7/28/15)

The Associated Press Headline: "Hillary Clinton Won't Take A Position On Keystone Pipeline" (Lisa Lerer, "Hillary Clinton Won't Take A Position On Keystone Pipeline," The Associated Press, 7/28/15)


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