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Clinton's New TV Ad Ignores Her Record Of Misjudging ISIS

- December 21, 2015

In The Ad Titled "Secure," Hillary Clinton Says "I Will Get Up Every Single Day And Do Whatever It Takes To Make Sure Our Country Is Safe And Strong." CLINTON: "America is not just electing a president. We're also electing a commander-in-chief. That choice matters, because strengthening the economy, making healthcare more affordable, raising incomes - all of that depends on us being both secure at home and leading the world. I will get up every single day and do whatever it takes to make sure our country is safe and strong. I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve this message." ("Secure," Hillary For America, 12/20/15)

Despite Recent Attacks And Growing Concerns From The American Public, Clinton Declared "We Now Finally Are Where We Need To Be" Against ISIS

Clinton On ISIS: "We Now Finally Are Where We Need To Be." HILLARY CLINTON: "Look at these Complex problems. I wish it could be either or; I wish we could say yes, let's go destroy ISIS and let's let Assad continue to destroy Syria which creates more terrorist, more extremist by the minute. No. We now finally are where we need to be. We have a strategy and a commitment to go after ISIS which is a danger to us as well as the region and we finally have a UN Security Council resolution bringing the world together to go after a political transition in Syria. If the United States does not lead there is not another leader, there is a vacuum and we have to lead if we're going to be successful." (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Primary Debate, Manchester, NH, 12/19/15)

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Failing To Anticipate The Crisis, Clinton Stands By Obama's Failed ISIS Strategy

Clinton Has Said That Obama's ISIS Strategy "Is Close To Mine." QUESTION: "Anything you would have said differently or disagreed with respect to President Obama's address [inaudible]?" CLINTON: "I was really happy that he made the address. I thought it was very important for him to address the nation. And you know, I think his take on what needs to be done is close to mine." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks With The Concord Monitor Editorial Board, 12/8/15)

Last Month, Clinton Reiterated Her "Support" For The Obama Administration's Strategy To Combat ISIS. CLINTON: "So here is where I think the United States is right now and what I support and what I would do in addition. Defense Secretary Carter said the other day that our new strategy is what he called the 'three r's:' Raqqa, Ramadi and raids. Raqqa is the city they operate out of in Northern Syria, Ramadi is the Iraqi city that they captured, which is a center of northern central Iraq, a Sunni city. And raids is what the president has decided we are going to do more of by committing special ops forces. But there is no military solution to ISIS unless we get a better coordinated effort from an Iraqi army that will fight, from the Kurds who will be able to focus on ISIS and not be constantly having to fight rear guard actions against the Turks and others who are worried about their ability to establish some territorial holds, with the Russians now with the latest information about their plane being perhaps bombed, having to decide are they really most focused on Assad's enemies or on their own because ISIS did take credit although it's not yet been totally concluded that's what happened. So we've got to do intensive diplomacy to get everyone on the same page." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks, Windham, NH, 11/9/15)

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)

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)

Clinton Ignored The ISIS Threat As It Grew On Her Watch

In March 2011, Clinton Said Her State Department's Actions In Afghanistan "Put Al Qaeda On The Run." CLINTON: "In Iraq, almost 100,000 troops have come home and civilians are poised to keep the peace. In Afghanistan, integrated military and civilian surges have helped set the stage for our diplomatic surge to support Afghan-led reconciliation that can end the conflict and put al Qaeda on the run. We have imposed the toughest sanctions yet to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions." (Hillary Clinton, Appropriations Subcommittee On State, Foreign Operations, And Related Hearings, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 3/2/11)

  • In October 2014, Clinton Said That The Obama Administration Was Able To Undermine Al Qaeda's "Capacity To, As An Organization, Continue To Threaten The West." CLINTON: "But I think the evidence, at least to me, that this is a group that will try to pick up where Al Qaeda in Afghanistan left off. What we were able to do, at great cost, to ferret out and decapitate the leadership of Al Qaeda severely undermined their capacity to, as an organization, continue to threaten the West." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Canada 2020, Ottawa, Canada, 10/6/14)

"There Were, In Fact, More Than Hints Of [ISIS'] Plans And Potential." "And there were, in fact, more than hints of the group's plans and potential. A 2012 report by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency was direct: The growing chaos in Syria's civil war was giving Islamic militants there and in Iraq the space to spread and flourish. The group, it said, could 'declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.' 'This particular report, this was one of those nobody wanted to see,' said Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who ran the defense agency at the time. 'It was disregarded by the White House,' he said. 'It was disregarded by other elements in the intelligence community as a one-off report. Frankly, at the White House, it didn't meet the narrative.'" (Ian Fisher, "In Rise Of ISIS, No Single Missed Key But Many Strands Of Blame," The New York Times , 11/18/15)

"A 2012 Report By The United States Defense Intelligence Agency Was Direct: The Growing Chaos In Syria's Civil War Was Giving Islamic Militants There And In Iraq The Space To Spread And Flourish." "And there were, in fact, more than hints of the group's plans and potential. A 2012 report by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency was direct: The growing chaos in Syria's civil war was giving Islamic militants there and in Iraq the space to spread and flourish. The group, it said, could 'declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.' 'This particular report, this was one of those nobody wanted to see,' said Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who ran the defense agency at the time. 'It was disregarded by the White House,' he said. 'It was disregarded by other elements in the intelligence community as a one-off report. Frankly, at the White House, it didn't meet the narrative.'" (Ian Fisher, "In Rise Of ISIS, No Single Missed Key But Many Strands Of Blame," The New York Times , 11/18/15)

  • "The Group, It Said, Could 'Declare An Islamic State Through Its Union With Other Terrorist Organizations In Iraq And Syria.'" (Ian Fisher, "In Rise Of ISIS, No Single Missed Key But Many Strands Of Blame," The New York Times , 11/18/15)
  • Gen. Michael Flynn, Then-Head Of The Defense Intelligence Agency, On The 2012 Report: "It Was Disregarded By The White House… Frankly, At The White House, It Didn't Meet The Narrative." "'This particular report, this was one of those nobody wanted to see,' said Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who ran the defense agency at the time. 'It was disregarded by the White House,' he said. 'It was disregarded by other elements in the intelligence community as a one-off report. Frankly, at the White House, it didn't meet the narrative.'" (Ian Fisher, "In Rise Of ISIS, No Single Missed Key But Many Strands Of Blame," The New York Times , 11/18/15)

Clinton Even Refuses To Say We're At War With ISIS

Clinton Refuses To Say That The United States Is At War Against ISIS. STEPHANOPOULOS: "Is it time to declare war on ISIS?" CLINTON: "Look, we are definitely in conflict with ISIS and I think we need a new update of military authorization, the AUMF, which was passed after the attack after 9/11, should be brought up to..." STEPHANOPOULOS: "Why not declare war?" CLINTON: "Well, declare war is a very legal term as you know so well. I think what we want to do is make sure we have every tool at our disposable to, number one, destroy their would-be caliphate in Syria and in Iraq. Number two, do everything we can to dismantle this very effective virtual jihadist network that they're using on the internet. And number three, do whatever necessary to protect us here at home." STEPHANOPOULOS: "What are you concerned about in the declaration in war?" CLINTON: "Well, I think that the legal experts say, that if we, there are a lot who say that we already have the authority we need to go after ISIS or any international terrorist network, including Al Qaeda and anybody else in the AUMF. I think it is important, though, for the Congress to vote on behalf of the American people and to make sure that we are updating it to take into account the new authorities at risk." (ABC's " This Week," 12/6/15)


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