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Clinton Failed To Anticipate ISIS And Supports Obama's Failed Approach

- August 6, 2015

In February 2015, Clinton Said Obama Is Making “The Right Moves” In The Effort Against ISIS. “On the effort against ISIL, Clinton suggested during the Q&A with journalist Kara Swisher that there was little use in inserting U.S. combat troops into the fight and essentially backed the president’s strategy so far. ‘It’s a very hard challenge, because you can’t very well put American or Western troops in to fight this organism,’ she said, in her clearest statement yet on the topic. ‘You have to use, not only air force but also army soldiers from the region and particularly from Iraq. … A lot of the right moves are being made, but this is a really complicated and long-term problem.’” (Gabriel Debenedetti, “Hillary Clinton Tackles ISIL, Previews Economic Message,” Politico, 2/25/15)

  • In June 2014, Clinton Deflected The Responsibility She Carried As Secretary And Said, “I Could Not Have Predicted … The Extent To Which ISIS Could Be Effective In Seizing Cities In Iraq And Trying To Erase Boundaries To Create An Islamic State.” HILLARY CLINTON: “So this is not just a Syrian problem anymore. I never thought it was just a Syrian problem. I thought it was a regional problem. I could not have predicted, however, the extent to which ISIS could be effective in seizing cities in Iraq and trying to erase boundaries to create an Islamic state.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Council On Foreign Relations, New York, NY, 6/12/14)

The Washington Post: “It Has Been Apparent For Some Time That The United States Lacks A Strategy To Fulfill President Obama’s Pledge To ‘Degrade And Ultimately Destroy’ The Islamic State…” “It has been apparent for some time that the United States lacks a strategy to fulfill President Obama’s pledge to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ the Islamic State since it has no plan to root out the terrorists’ base in Syria. There was hope, though, that Mr. Obama’s half-measures might be enough to blunt the Islamic State’s advances in Iraq, leaving the Syria problem for the next U.S. president. With the stunning fall of Ramadi on Sunday, even that modest optimism is questionable.” (Editorial, “The Fall Of Ramadi Exposes Obama’s Weak Islamic State Strategy,” The Washington Post, 5/18/15)

  • The Associated Press Headline: “Despite Bombing, Islamic State Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago” (Ken Dilanian, Zeina Karam, and Bassem Mroue, “Despite Bombing, Islamic State Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago,” The Associated Press, 7/31/15)
  • NBC’s Chuck Todd: Obama’s ISIS Policy “Doesn’t Match The Rhetoric.” CHUCK TODD: “The problem with President’s policy is, the rhetoric, the policy doesn’t match the rhetoric. The rhetoric is destroy ISIS. The policy they’ve implemented is containment. It’s not a destruction policy, it’s a containment policy.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 5/29/15)

Bob Woodward: Anyone Watching Can See “There Is No Strategy” Against ISIS. JOE SCARBOROUGH: “Based on all of your reporting who is telling you there is no strategy?” BOB WOODWARD: “Well, I think everyone who looks at this realizes there is no strategy and it’s reported today that Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, was up talking to the Senate democrats yesterday saying we are going to ask for a resolution and tried to define, a war resolution effectively, and define what we’re doing here. There’s going to be a giant, and there should if a giant, debate on this.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 2/11/15)


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