Hillary Clinton: A Disaster For U.S. National Security

- June 1, 2016

A Failure As Secretary Of State Who Defends The Weak Obama Administration Foreign Policy Cannot Be Trusted With Our Security



  • Clinton has refused to categorize the terrorist threat as "radical Islam" and refuses to say that the U.S. is at war with ISIS.
  • Clinton and Obama support a bad deal that legitimizes and empowers a hostile Iran.
  • Military intervention in Libya was dubbed "Hillary's war," and now Libya is a safe haven for terrorists and has become an ISIS stronghold.
  • Clinton fought to close Guantanamo Bay prison and was the architect of Obama's plan to bring terrorists to the United States.
  • North Korea continued to develop its nuclear program under her watch and remains a top security threat despite her pledges to "end" their program.


Today, Clinton Will Seek To Promote Her Foreign Policy Credentials In Contrast To Trumps. " U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will contrast her foreign policy credentials with those of Donald Trump in a speech on Thursday. -- Her foreign policy speech in San Diego will come just before presidential nominating contests in California and five others states on Tuesday. " (Amanda Becker, Doina Chiacu, "Clinton To Assail Trump In Foreign Policy Speech, Reuters, 06/01/16)


Clinton Wants To "Empathize" With Our Enemies While Refusing To Call The Threat By Name Or Even Admit That We Are At War With ISIS

Clinton Has Refused To Categorize Terrorism As Being Committed By "Radical Islam." ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "You've also been reluctant to say we're fighting radical Islam. I wonder why not. Isn't it a mistake to not say it plain that the violence is being pushed by radical elements in that faith?" CLINTON: "Well, that's a different thing. Radical elements who use a dangerous and distorted view of Islam to promote their jihadist ambitions, I'm fine with that. I say it all the time. And I go after Islamists, too." STEPHANOPOULOS: "So what's the problem with radical Islam?" CLINTON: "Well, the problem is that that sounds like we are declaring a war against religion. And that, to me, is number one, wrong." (ABC's "This Week," 12/6/15)

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Clinton Argued That We Must "Empathize" With Enemies Of The United States. CLINTON: "This is what we call smart power, using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security, leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, and in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change -- change the prospects for peace." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 12/3/14)

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Clinton Refused To Say That The United States Is At War Against ISIS. ABC'S GEORGE 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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The Failing Clinton-Obama Strategy Against Radical Islam Has Been Questioned Even Among Democrats

Democrat Strategist And Former Harry Reid Spokesman, Jim Manley: "[I]n No Way Shape Or Form Can Their Handling Of ISIS Be Defined As A Success. "'In general, I support what the president is trying to do in the region right now, but in no way shape or form can their handling of ISIS be defined as a success,' said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, who had previously served as a spokesman to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)." (Amie Parnes, "Dems Question ISIS Strategy's Success," The Hill, 10/16/14)

"The White House's Argument That Its Strategy Against Islamic Militants Is 'Succeeding' Is Getting Bad Reviews From Democrats." (Amie Parnes, "Dems Question ISIS Strategy's Success," The Hill, 10/16/14)

  • The Hill Headline: "Dems Question ISIS Strategy's Success" (Amie Parnes, "Dems Question ISIS Strategy's Success," The Hill, 10/16/14)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), The Ranking Democrat On The Senate Intelligence Committee: Obama Has Been "Too Cautious" In Dealing With ISIS . NBC'S ANDREA MITCHELL: "The fact is, they have been on the march now for months, if not years. So why does the President still say we don't have a strategy yet. Doesn't that project weakness from the White House?" SENATOR DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): "Well, I mean, I know what you want me to say. But I'm not going to say it in that sense. I think I've learned one thing about this president, and that is he's very cautious. Maybe in this instance too cautious. I do know that the military, I know that the State Department, I know that others have been putting plans together. And so hopefully those plans will coalesce into a strategy that can encourage that coalition. From Arab nations, you know, Jordan is at jeopardy, Lebanon is at jeopardy, the UAA and other countries are in jeopardy. So, there is good reason for people to come together now and begin to approach this as the very real threat that it in fact is." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/14)

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The Wall Street Journal : Clinton Faces Criticism For Both Her Original Vote To Authorize The Iraq War And Her Support For Obama's Withdrawal Policies. "The issue also is complicated for Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate. She faces lingering liberal skepticism for voting for the war while in the Senate, as well as GOP criticism of Obama administration policies that left Iraq unstable after U.S. troops withdrew in 2011." (Janet Hook and Laura Meckler, "Iraq War Persists As Awkward Election Issue," The Wall Street Journal, 5/14/15)

On October 11, 2002, Clinton Voted In Favor Of A Joint Resolution To Authorize The Use Of Military Force Against Iraq. (H.J. Res 114, Roll Call Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-22, 10/11/02, Clinton Voted Yea)

Clinton Now Says That Voting In Favor Of The Iraq War Was "A Mistake, Plain And Simple." "'I made it very clear that I made a mistake, plain and simple. And I have written about it in my book, I have talked about it in the past,' Clinton told reporters at an event in Cedar Falls, Iowa, adding that 'what we now see is a very different and very dangerous situation.'" (Adam B. Lerner, "Hillary Clinton Says Her Iraq War Vote Was A 'Mistake'," Politico 5/19/15)

In 2011, Clinton, As Secretary Of State Defended The Decision Not To Leave A Residual Force In Iraq. NBC'S DAVID GREGORY: "But, Secretary Clinton, the question is whether you think this criticism is well-founded or not. Do we not endanger recent success in Iraq by not having any residual force? Is there not a legitimate prospect of civil war, which many people fear?" CLINTON: "Well, honestly, I think that they should have raised those issues when President Bush agreed to the agreement to withdraw troops by the end of this year. I feel like this is a debate that is looking backwards instead of forwards. Now, are the Iraqis all going to get along with each other for the foreseeable future? Well, let's find out. We know that there will be continuing stresses and threats, as we see in many of the countries that we work. We had a support-and-training mission in Colombia over many years when they were facing tremendous threats from insurgent groups. We know that the violence is not going to automatically end. But President Obama has shown great leadership in navigating to this point, fulfilling his promise, meeting the obligations that were entered into before he ever came into office. We are providing a support-and-training mission. We will be there on the ground, working with the Iraqis. And I just want to add, David, that no one should miscalculate America's resolve and commitment to helping support the Iraqi democracy. We have paid too high a price to give the Iraqis this chance, and I hope that Iran and no one else miscalculates that." (NBC's " Meet The Press," 10/23/11)

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Despite All The Warnings Before The Withdrawal, In 2014 Clinton Said She Could Not Have Predicted The Subsequent Violence In Iraq And Rise Of ISIS

In June 2014, Clinton Deflected Responsibility, Saying She "Could Not Have Predicted" The Success Of ISIS In The Region. 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)

  • 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." 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)

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CNN's Carol Costello Highlights Clinton's Failure To Anticipate ISIS, Calling It "A Valid Criticism." CNN'S CAROL COSTELLO: "Well, here's the thing, though, about Hillary Clinton. She took office as secretary of state in 2009, right? The next year ISIS made [Abu Bakr] al Baghdadi its leader, so ISIS existed, but everybody was concentrating on al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden because he was killed in 2011. So how can Hillary Clinton argue that she didn't miss ISIS' rise?" GRANHOLM: "Well, obviously as secretary of state, she did not miss the rise. She knew what was going on. And she also knows the importance of having a comprehensive strategy. What was really frustrating about last night, Carol, is that they were all sort of blaming Barack Obama, but they were citing the strategies to attack ISIS using all of the stuff that Barack Obama is already doing. They want airstrikes --" COSTELLO: "But wait a minute, Jennifer. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. I mean, it's a valid criticism. We never heard much about ISIS in 2009, in 2010. We heard a lot about Osama Bin Laden being killed. We didn't hear about ISIS. And you well remember that President Obama did call ISIS, you know, a member of the Jayvee league. Those are valid criticisms." (CNN's " CNN News Room," 12/16/15)

  • Costello: "We Never Heard Much About ISIS In 2009, In 2010. We Heard A Lot About Osama Bin Laden Being Killed. We Didn't Hear About ISIS." (CNN's "CNN News Room," 12/16/15)

"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." (Ian Fisher, "In Rise Of ISIS, No Single Missed Key But Many Strands Of Blame," The New York Times , 11/18/15)


Clinton Has Touted Her Work Being "Part Of The Coalition That Brought Us" The Iran Nuclear Agreement. CLINTON: "Having been part of the coalition that brought us to the point of this agreement, I think we will have to immediately upon completion of this agreement and its rigorous enforcement, look to see how we build a coalition to try to prevent and undermine Iran's bad behaviors in other arenas." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks On U.S. Iran Nuclear Deal, Washington, D.C., 7/14/15)

Clinton: "I'm Very Proud Of The Iran Nuclear Agreement. I Was Very Pleased To Be Part Of What The President Put Into Action When He Took Office." CLINTON: "Well, I'm very proud of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. I was very pleased to be part of what the president put into action when he took office. I was responsible for getting those sanctions imposed which put the pressure on Iran. It brought them to the negotiating table which resulted in this agreement." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Democrat Primary Debate, Charleston, SC, 1/17/16)

  • Clinton: "I Was Responsible For Getting Those Sanctions Imposed Which Put The Pressure On Iran. It Brought Them To The Negotiating Table Which Resulted In This Agreement." CLINTON: "Well, I'm very proud of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. I was very pleased to be part of what the president put into action when he took office. I was responsible for getting those sanctions imposed which put the pressure on Iran. It brought them to the negotiating table which resulted in this agreement." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Democrat Primary Debate, Charleston, SC, 1/17/16)

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The Iran Deal Does Not Solve The Iran Nuclear Problem

The Deal Will Limit "Iran's Nuclear Production For 10 Years And Tehran's Access To Nuclear Fuel And Equipment For 15 Years In Return For Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Sanctions Relief." "It involves limiting Iran's nuclear production for 10 years and Tehran's access to nuclear fuel and equipment for 15 years in return for hundreds of millions of dollars in sanctions relief. However, the sanctions would not be lifted until Iran proves to the International Atomic Energy Agency that it has met its obligations under the deal." (Andrea Mitchell, Abigail Williams, and Cassandra Vinograd, "Iran Nuclear Deal: Tehran, World Powers Agree To Historic Pact," NBC News, 7/14/15)

  • "Once Implementation Is Confirmed, Tehran Will Immediately Gain Access To Around $100 Billion In Frozen Assets, And Can Step Up Oil Exports…" "It will probably be months before Iran receives the benefits from the lifting of sanctions because of the need to verify the deal's fulfillment. Once implementation is confirmed, Tehran will immediately gain access to around $100 billion in frozen assets, and can step up oil exports that have been slashed by almost two-thirds." (Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau, John Irish, and Arshad Mohammed, "Iran Deal Reached, Obama Hails Step Toward 'More Hopeful World,'" Reuters, 7/14/15)

"American Officials Also Acknowledged That After The First Decade, The Breakout Time Would Begin To Shrink." "But American officials also acknowledged that after the first decade, the breakout time would begin to shrink. It was unclear how rapidly, because Iran's longer-term plans to expand its enrichment capability will be kept confidential." (David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "Deal Reached On Iran Nuclear Program; Limits On Fuel Would Lessen With Time," The New York Times , 7/14/15)


Clinton Aides: Clinton Has Been "The Public Face Of The U.S. Effort In Libya"

On August 21, 2011, Secretary Clinton's Aides, Cheryl Mills And Jacob Sullivan, Discussed What Appears To Be Talking Points Highlighting Clinton's "Leadership/Ownership/Stewardship Of This Country's Libya Policy From Start To Finish." (Jake Sullivan, Email To Cheryl Mills, Victoria Nuland, 8/21/11,State Department Release, 5/22/15)

Their Correspondence Also Hails Clinton As Being "A Critical Voice On Libya" And "The Public Face Of The U.S. Effort In Libya." (Jake Sullivan, Email To Cheryl Mills, Victoria Nuland, 8/21/11,State Department Release, 5/22/15)

Prior To The Benghazi Attack, Clinton Was Touting Her Record In Libya As A Success

The 2011 Military Intervention Into Libya Was Initially Seen As A Foreign Policy Success For Clinton And Obama. "Seven months later, with longtime U.S. nemesis Moammar Gaddafi dead and Libya's onetime rebels now in charge, the coalition air campaign has emerged as a foreign policy success for the Obama administration and its most famous Cabinet member, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton." (Joby Warrick, "Hillary's War: How Conviction Replaced Skepticism In Libya Intervention," The Washington Post , 10/30/11)

  • Albert Hunt Op-Ed:"When [Gaddafi] Was Toppled, She Thought It Would Be Her Signature Achievement As Secretary Of State. Yet As That Country Has Disintegrated Into Chaos, It's No Longer A Point Of Emphasis." "On Libya, she gets a bum rap from Republicans who hold her responsible for the killing of Americans in Benghazi two years ago. But she was the champion of American intervention in Libya to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi. When he was toppled, she thought it would be her signature achievement as secretary of state. Yet as that country has disintegrated into chaos, it's no longer a point of emphasis." (Albert M. Hunt, Op-Ed, "Calculating Hillary Gets The Math Wrong," Bloomberg, 8/12/14)

Following Major Combat Operations In Libya, NATO Left No Armed Stabilization Force For The First Time In The Alliance's History

For The First Time In NATO's History, No Armed Stabilization Force Was Left After Intervention Because NATO "Conclud[ed] That There Were No Opposing Forces In Libya That Needed To Be Separated." "The NATO countries, concluding that there were no opposing forces in Libya that needed to be separated, decided for the first time in alliance history not to leave behind an armed stabilization force. Instead, a tiny U.N. mission with no executive authority was left to coordinate international efforts." (Paul Richter and Christi Parsons, "U.S. Intervention In Libya Now Seen As Cautionary Tale," Los Angeles Times, 6/27/14)

Despite The Risk That The Growing Influx Of Terrorist Groups Into Libya Continues To Spread, "The Western Powers Which Assisted In Mr. Qaddafi's Downfall Have Since Been Conspicuous By Their Absence." "Each month 10,000 migrants set sail for Europe. Libyan arms in the hands of groups allied to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb triggered the collapse of order in northern Mali two years ago; some of those who subsequently fought against the French there have now returned to Libya, where they are reportedly running jihadist training camps. On January 3rd, IS claimed to have extended its reach to Libya's Sahara too, killing a dozen soldiers at a checkpoint on a jihadist transit route to the Sahel. The conflict is as likely to spread as to burn itself out. Despite that risk, the Western powers which assisted in Mr Qaddafi's downfall have since been conspicuous by their absence. Chastened by failure in Afghanistan and Iraq, they have watched from the sidelines as things have gone from promising to perturbing to bad to worse." ("Libya's Civil War: That It Should Come To This," The Economist, 1/10/15)

Libya Has Been Described As "A Failed State" And A "Safe Haven" For Terrorists

Since The Intervention Libya Has Become "A Failed State," A "Haven For Human Traffickers," And "A Mess That No One Should Think Will Be Resolved By The Current UN-Backed Peace Process." "Yes, Libya is a failed state and a haven for human traffickers. It is a mess that no one should think will be resolved by the current UN-backed peace process between its warring militias." (Roula Khalaf, "Misplaced Nostalgia For Libya's Colonel Gaddafi," Financial Times, 4/29/15)

The State Department's Country Report On Terrorism: "In Libya, Civil Conflict, The Proliferation Of Armed Groups, And The Breakdown Of Government Functions Provided Space And Safe Haven For Terrorist Groups." "In Libya, civil conflict, the proliferation of armed groups, and the breakdown of government functions provided space and safe haven for terrorist groups. Libya's non-existent security institutions, coupled with ready access to loose weapons and porous borders provided violent extremists with significant opportunities to act and plan operations. There were indications that ISIL affiliates were active in Libya in 2014." (" Country Reports On Terrorism 2014", U.S. Department Of State, 6/19/15)

CNN Headline: "ISIS Comes To Libya" (Paul Cruickshank, Nic Robertson, Tim Lister and Jomana Karadsheh, "ISIS Comes To Libya," CNN , 11/18/14)

Fighters Loyal To ISIS Took Advantage Of The Chaos In Libya To Rapidly Expand Their Presence. "Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are now in complete control of the city of Derna, population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union. The fighters are taking advantage of political chaos to rapidly expand their presence westwards along the coast, Libyan sources tell CNN." ("Paul Cruickshank, Nic Robertson, Tim Lister and Jomana Karadsheh, "ISIS Comes To Libya," CNN, 11/18/14)

Intelligence Agencies Fear Libya Is ISIS' Fall Back Option. "The leadership of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is now clenching its grip on Surt so tightly that Western intelligence agencies say they fear the core group may be preparing to fall back to Libya as an alternative base if necessary, a haven where its jihadists could continue to fight from even if it was ousted from its original territories." (David Kirkpatrick, Ben Hubbard, and Eric Schmitt, "ISIS' Grip On Libyan City Gives It A Fallback Option," The New York Times, 11/28/15)

ISIS "Has Exploited The Deep Divisions In Libya" And Achieved "A String Of Victories." "The group has exploited the deep divisions in Libya, which has two rival governments, to create this new stronghold of violent religious extremism just across the Mediterranean Sea from Italy. Along the way, they scored a string of victories-defeating one of the strongest fighting forces in the country and swiftly crushing a local popular revolt." (Tamer El-Ghobashy and Hassan Morajea, "Islamic State Tightens Grip On Libyan Stronghold Of Sirte," The Wall Street Journal, 11/29/15)

According To The Pentagon, ISIS Has Doubled Its Presence To 6,000 Fighters In Libya Over The Last Year. "The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has doubled its presence inside Libya in the last year, the top U.S. military commander overseeing operations in the region said Thursday. The number of ISIS fighters in Libya doubled to between 4,000 to 6,000 in the last 12 to 18 months, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez said at a Pentagon briefing." (Kristina Wong, "Top General: ISIS Doubled Number Of Fighters In Libya," The Hill, 4/7/16)


In An August 2010 White House Meeting, Clinton Chastised White House Aides, Saying "We Are Throwing The President's Commitment To Close Guantánamo Into The Trash Bin. … We Are Doing Him A Disservice By Not Working Harder On This." "One of those occasions was at a White House meeting of Obama's national-security principals in August 2010. 'We are throwing the president's commitment to close Guantánamo into the trash bin,' she chastised White House aides, according to three participants in the meeting. 'We are doing him a disservice by not working harder on this.'" (Daniel Klaidman, "How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama," Newsweek, 5/15/13)

In January 2013, Clinton Sent Obama A Memo Reiterating Her Support For Closing Guantanamo Bay Prison And Pushed For Moving Terrorist Detainees On To U.S. Soil

In A January 2013 Memo To Obama, Clinton Said "She Worried That Support For Closing Guantanamo Would Further Erode Unless The Administration Took Action." "Weeks before she stepped down as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton wrote a memo urging President Barack Obama to step up his administration's efforts to close the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in his second term. In the confidential January 2013 memo obtained by The Huffington Post, Clinton told Obama she worried that support for closing Guantanamo would further erode unless the administration took action." (Ryan J. Reilly, "We Obtained Hillary Clinton's Confidential Memo To Obama. Read It Here.," The Huffington Post, 11/29/15)

Clinton Told Obama She Remained "A Strong Advocate" Of His Policy To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison . "I remain a strong advocate of your policy to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility (GTMO) responsibility and to ensure U.S. detention policy and practice for terrorism suspects are consist with U.S. values and do not strengthen our enemies." (Hillary Clinton, Memo To Barack Obama, 1/15/13, p. 1, Accessed 11/30/15)

The Military And Even Obama's Own Attorney General Have Sounded The Alarm

Obama Has Been Considering A Defense Department Plan That Would Propose Bringing Gitmo Detainees To The United States. "'Not everyone in GTMO can be safely transferred to another country, so we need an alternative,' [Secretary of Defense Ash] Carter said Thursday in Miami. 'I have therefore framed for the president a proposal to establish an alternative location. That plan will propose bringing those detainees to an appropriate, secure location in the United States.'" (Molly O'Toole, "Pentagon Sends Obama Plan To Close Guantanamo, Move Detainees To US," Defense One, 1/14/16)

"Defense Officials Have Been Surveying Sites In South Carolina, Kansas And Colorado As Potential Locations To House Guantanamo Detainees…" "Defense officials have been surveying sites in South Carolina, Kansas and Colorado as potential locations to house Guantanamo detainees who the U.S. government has determined cannot be transferred to their home countries." (Jim Acosta and Kevin Liptak, "WH: Executive Action Possible On Closing Gitmo," CNN , 11/4/15)

  • "These Detainees Are Considered Too Dangerous To Release At All. They're Known As 'Unreleasables.'" "Labeled as 'enemy combatants,' they've been held for more than a decade without trial in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at a camp President Obama has promised to close. Unlike the 52 other captives at Guantanamo whose release can occur as soon as a country is found to take them, these detainees are considered too dangerous to release at all. They're known as 'unreleasables.'" (David Welna, "Kansas, South Carolina Take NIMBY Stance On Guantanamo Prisoners," NPR, 8/26/15)

According To Bloomberg's Eli Lake, Military Leaders Say That Under The Current Law, They "Will Not Transfer Any Detainees To The U.S." "Just as President Barack Obama is planning to send Congress his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison this year, leaders of the military say it will not transfer any detainees to the U.S., unless the law prohibiting such transfers is changed." (Eli Lake, Op-Ed, "Military Tells Congress It Can't Send Gitmo Detainees To U.S.,"Bloomberg View , 2/16/16)

Community Residents Are Firmly Opposed To The Clinton-Obama Plan To House The Most Dangerous Al-Qaeda Terrorists In Their Neighborhoods

South Carolina Residents And Lawmakers Have Long Been Opposed To The Idea Of Gitmo Detainees Coming To Charleston. "The possibility of the brig being used for detainees has surfaced several times in recent years, with residents and lawmakers opposing the idea." (Schuyler Kropf, "Charleston Navy Brig To Be Reviewed As Possible Terrorist Holding Site," The [Charleston] Post And Courier , 8/14/15)

Kansas Residents, "Sometimes Shaking With Passion," Expressed Their Fears And Opposition To Gitmo Detainees Being Housed In Their Community. "With earnest voices, sometimes shaking with passion, residents at a town hall meeting Thursday took direct aim at the prospect of Guantánamo Bay detainees being transferred to Fort Leavenworth. One by one, a host of speakers came to the microphone at Riverfront Community Center, many to express fears that the fort, town and region would serve as a new target for terrorist attacks if the detainees were housed here." (Edward M. Eveld, "Residents Say 'No' To Possibility Of Transferring Guantánamo Detainees To Fort Leavenworth," The Kansas City Star, 9/3/15)

Colorado Residents "Draw The Line" With Gitmo Prisoners Coming To Their Community Out Of Fear That It Would Make The Area A Target For Terrorists. "Prisons have long been a way of life in this southern Colorado community, where schoolchildren practice inmate-escape drills and almost everyone counts a relative who works in corrections. People are accustomed to some of the nation's most dangerous criminals living nearby in the 13 state and federal prisons emerging from Fremont County's rolling desert peaks. But the possibility of housing suspected and convicted terrorists from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is where some residents draw the line. …Though prisoners living just miles away from Canon City include a Sept. 11 conspirator and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, residents worry about international attention possibly making the area a target for terrorists and their sympathizers." (Sadie Gurman, "Possible Guantanamo Transfer Raises Worries, Hopes In Colorado Town Used To Dangerous Inmates," The Associated Press, 10/15/15)

As Obama Prepares To Send His Gitmo Closure Plan To Congress, Military Leaders Say That Under The Current Law, They "Will Not Transfer Any Detainees To The U.S." "Just as President Barack Obama is planning to send Congress his plan to close the Guantanamo Bay prison this year, leaders of the military say it will not transfer any detainees to the U.S., unless the law prohibiting such transfers is changed." (Eli Lake, Op-Ed, "Military Tells Congress It Can't Send Gitmo Detainees To U.S.,"Bloomberg View , 2/16/16)


Clinton's Policy Of "Strategic Patience" With North Korea "Did Not Work." "Other pressing issues, such as North Korea's nuclear program, she simply put off. Her policy of 'strategic patience' with North Korea, under which Washington refused to offer any new incentives to Pyongyang in the hopes of restarting nuclear disarmament talks, did not work. The problem festered for four years, and as soon as Clinton left office, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeted her successor with yet another nuclear test." (Michael Hirsh, "The Clinton Legacy," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2013)

  • "The Problem Festered For Four Years, And As Soon As Clinton Left Office, The North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Greeted Her Successor With Yet Another Nuclear Test." (Michael Hirsh, "The Clinton Legacy," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2013)

Clinton Touted The Importance Of A Non-Nuclear North Korea And Vowed To Work "To End" Their Nuclear Program

At Her January 2009 Confirmation Hearing, Clinton Said She Would "Embark Upon A Very Aggressive Effort" To "End The North Korean Nuclear Program." CLINTON: "Again, this is under review. We're looking at all of the record of the negotiations up to this date. Our goal is to end the North Korean nuclear program -- both the plutonium reprocessing program and the highly enriched uranium program, which there is reason to believe exists, although never quite verified. And it is our strong belief that the Six-Party Talks, particularly the role that China is currently playing -- along with our close allies South Korea and Japan, is a vehicle for us to exert pressure on North Korea in a way that is more likely to alter their behavior. Again, I have no illusions about that. I think it takes tough, reality-based diplomacy to determine what is doable. We have got to end North Korea as a proliferator. There is certainly reason to believe that North Korea has been involved with Syrian efforts. We know that it was involved with Libyan efforts. So, it's not only preventing the threat from North Korea -- which is of particular interest to Hawaii, Alaska and the West Coast of the United States, but it is their role as a proliferator. So, we will embark upon a very aggressive effort to try to determine the best way forward to achieve our objectives with them." (Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 1/13/09)

In 2011, Clinton Touted The "Importance Of Promoting Nuclear Nonproliferation On The Korean Peninsula" And The Commitment To See That North Korea Take Steps To Denuclearize. CLINTON: "Let me begin with my meetings with the president and foreign minister. The alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea is a lynchpin of security, stability, and prosperity in the Asia Pacific. This alliance has never been stronger. President Lee, Foreign Minister Kim, and I discussed issues of global and regional importance, as we always do when we have the opportunity to exchange views. And we particularly focused on the importance of promoting nuclear nonproliferation on the Korean Peninsula. I know we recently passed the one-year anniversary of the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. Let me reaffirm that the United States stands with our ally, and we look to North Korea to take concrete steps that promote peace and stability and denuclearization."(Secretary Hillary Clinton, Press Availability Remarks , Busan, South Korea, 11/30/11)

As Secretary, Clinton Refused To Add North Korea Back To The State Sponsors Of Terrorism List

Clinton On Adding North Korea Back To The State Sponsors Of Terrorism List, May 2010: "The United States Will Apply The Law As The Facts Warrant. … If The Evidence Warrants, The Department Of State Will Take Action." QUESTION: "Secretary Clinton, on North and South Korea, can you specify precisely what kinds of things the U.S. Government will look at as it studies policies and authority regarding North Korea? Are you, for example, specifically looking at the possibility of putting them back on the state-sponsor of terrorism list?…" CLINTON: "Well, Arshad, we are obviously continuing to review and consult closely on these matters, some of which are quite sensitive. And I look forward to discussing them in depth when I am in Seoul on Wednesday. We will provide additional details at the appropriate time. With respect to your specific question about the state-sponsor of terrorism list, the United States will apply the law as the facts warrant. The legislation, as you know, sets out specific criteria for the Secretary of State to base a determination. And the Department of State continually reviews North Korea's actions to determine if the evidence supports its designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. If the evidence warrants, the Department of State will take action." (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Remarks On The Republic Of Korea, Beijing, China, 5/24/10)

North Korea Made Major Advancements In Nuclear Weapons Under Clinton's Watch

In April 2009, North Korea Launched A Multistage Rocket. "Defying weeks of international pressure, North Korea launched a multistage rocket today, a move that the U.S. and its allies fear masked a test of its ability to deliver nuclear weapons." (John M. Glionna, "North Korea Launches Rocket," The Los Angeles Times, 4/5/09)

  • The North Korean Government Claimed It Was For A Satellite Launch, But Some Analysts Said Their Rocket Could Deliver A Warhead To The Western U.S. "Pyongyang had said it planned to put a communications satellite into space. But many analysts predicted that the launch would be a test of the regime's ability to deliver a warhead with the three-stage Taepodong 2, which is estimated to have a range of more than 4,000 miles. Some analysts say that with a light payload, it could reach the western U.S." (John M. Glionna, "North Korea Launches Rocket," The Los Angeles Times, 4/5/09)

In May 2009, North Korea Announced It "Successfully Conducted" A Second Nuclear Test, "Defying International Warnings." "North Korea announced on Monday that it had successfully conducted its second nuclear test, defying international warnings and dramatically raising the stakes in a global effort to get the recalcitrant Communist state to give up its nuclear weapons program." (Choe Sang-Hun, "North Korea Claims To Conduct Second Nuclear Test," The New York Times, 5/24/09)

In November 2011, North Korea "Reported Brisk Progress In Building A New Nuclear Reactor And Producing Enriched Uranium," Which Marked "The Latest Sign That North Korea [Was] Pressing Ahead With Its Nuclear Program." "North Korea reported brisk progress in building a new nuclear reactor and producing enriched uranium on Wednesday. Although the statement appeared to invite international inspectors to verify that the facilities are for peaceful purposes, it was the latest sign that North Korea is pressing ahead with its nuclear program." (Choe Sang-Hun, "North Korea Reports Progress On New Reactor," The New York Times, 11/30/11)

Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Said On North Korea That "We're Within An Inch Of War Almost Every Day"

Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta On North Korea, 2012: "We're Within An Inch Of War Almost Every Day In That Part Of The World." "The United States is prepared for 'any contingency' when it comes to dealing with North Korea, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told CNN. 'We're within an inch of war almost every day in that part of the world, and we just have to be very careful about what we say and what we do,' Panetta said Wednesday on 'The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.'" ("Panetta: 'We're Within An Inch Of War Almost Every Day,'" CNN, 4/19/12)

This Year, North Korea Claimed It Successfully Conducted A Nuclear Bomb Test

In January 2016, North Korea Said It "Successfully Carried Out A Hydrogen Bomb Test, Which If Confirmed, Will Be A First For The Reclusive Regime And A Significant Advancement For Its Military Ambitions." "North Korea says it has successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test, which if confirmed, will be a first for the reclusive regime and a significant advancement for its military ambitions. A hydrogen bomb is more powerful than plutonium weapons, which is what North Korea used in its three previous underground nuclear tests." (Euan McKirdy, "North Korea Announces It Conducted Nuclear Test," CNN , 1/6/16)

Intelligence Analysts Now Believe That North Korea "Probably" Possesses A Miniaturized Nuclear Warhead. "Some U.S. intelligence analysts now believe that North Korea 'probably' possesses a miniaturized nuclear warhead, several U.S. officials told CNN. The assessment has yet to become a formal consensus view of the U.S. government. But it reveals just how far along many in the U.S. believe the reclusive country has come to gaining a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile that could potentially strike the U.S. As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's public rhetoric has escalated in recent weeks, concern has grown inside intelligence circles that he has made progress on several fronts." (Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne, "Intel Officials: North Korea 'Probably' Has Miniaturized Nuke," CNN, 3/24/16)

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