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Clinton Was “100%” Behind Obama’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

- October 11, 2015

In 2011, Clinton Told The Senate Foreign Relations Committee That Obama Had “Hit The Mark” With His Decision To Withdraw U.S. Troops From Afghanistan. “He noted that over the next 15 months, when the 33,000 surge forces will leave Afghanistan, there will be 70,000 new Afghanistan security forces in place including soldiers, police, counterterrorism and other specialists. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Obama ‘hit the mark’ with his decision.” (“Afghan Withdrawal More ‘Aggressive’ Than Military Proposed,” CNN, 6/24/11)

  • Clinton: “I Think That The President, You Know, With His Decision, Has Hit The Mark.” CORKER: “Let me ask you, do you a hundred-percent agree with what the president had to say last night?” CLINTON: “Yes, I do.” CORKER: “In every facet?” CLINTON: “Yes, I do, Senator. And this was an -- a very open, candid discussion within the national security team. Obviously, people forthrightly presented their own views. It will not surprise you that the views ranged across the spectrum about what should be done and what should not be done. But I think that the president, you know, with his decision, has hit the mark.” (Hillary Clinton, Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 6/23/11)

Clinton Said That, “Yes,” She Agreed 100 Percent In “Every Facet” Of Obama’s Withdrawal Plan. CORKER: “Let me ask you, do you a hundred-percent agree with what the president had to say last night?” CLINTON: “Yes, I do.” CORKER: “In every facet?” CLINTON: “Yes, I do, Senator. And this was an -- a very open, candid discussion within the national security team. Obviously, people forthrightly presented their own views. It will not surprise you that the views ranged across the spectrum about what should be done and what should not be done. But I think that the president, you know, with his decision, has hit the mark.” (Hillary Clinton, Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 6/23/11)

  • Clinton On Obama’s Troop Withdrawal Plan: “But The Bottom Line…Is That We Have Broken The Taliban’s Momentum. So We Do Begin This Drawdown From A Position Of Strength.” CLINTON: “First, let me say a word about the military effort. Last night, the President explained his plan to begin drawing down our forces next month and transitioning to Afghan responsibility. I will leave it to my colleagues from the Defense Department to discuss the specifics. But the bottom line, as the President said, is that we have broken the Taliban’s momentum. So we do begin this drawdown from a position of strength.” (Hillary Clinton, Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 6/23/11)

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