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CLINTON SUPPORTS OBAMA’S FAILED ISIS STRATEGY

- September 16, 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)

  • Former Clinton Advisor Neera Tanden, May 2015: Clinton Has "Very Clearly" Said She Supports Obama's ISIS Strategy And Says She Thinks He "Has The Right Strategy." CHRIS WALLACE: "What are the chances that Hillary Clinton is going to end up going -- criticizing Obama as being too soft on fighting ISIS?" NEERA TANDEN: "Hillary actually talked about this last week and talked about the challenge we're facing with the Iraqi army. Conservatives often tell us, you can't help people who can't help themselves. We have a big challenge right now. It's a serious challenge, which is the Iraqi army does not seem to be fighting for itself. That was a big challenge we've had over the last few weeks. We have to deal with that. …WALLACE: "So, does Hillary Clinton, and you are close to the campaign, feel that Obama is doing enough or that he should do more?" TANDEN: "You know, in her own words, she has said this president has the right strategy. So, you know, we -- that doesn't mean things won't change in the future, but right now we do not need more boots on the ground. We do not need more American boots on the ground. She said that very clearly."(Fox's " Fox News Sunday," 5/31/15)

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)

  • Obama's Former Ambassador To Iraq, Ryan Crocker, On ISIS: The Situation Is "Quite Frankly, Terrifying. And It Was Utterly Predictable." "The news from Iraq is, quite frankly, terrifying. And it was utterly predictable." (Ryan Crocker, Op-Ed, "It's Not Too Late To Reengage With Iraq," The Washington Post , 6/19/14)

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)
  • "The Islamic State's Staying Power Also Raises Questions About The Administration's Approach To The Threat That The Group Poses To The U.S. And Its Allies." (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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