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Kaine Brags About Secretary Clinton’s Record Of Premature Troop Withdrawals

- October 4, 2016

Kaine Brags About Hillary’s Decision To Withdraw Troops From Iraq And Afghanistan. KAINE: “Let me tell you this, when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State Governor Pence, Did you know Osama Bin Laden was alive, we had 175,000 troops deployed in the battle field in Iraq and Afghanistan. Did you know that Iran was racing towards a nuclear weapon and Russia was expanding its nuclear stockpile. She worked a tough negotiation with nations around the world to eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and instead of 175,000 trops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have 15,000.” (Sen. Tim Kaine, Vice Presidential Debate, Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 10/4/16)

Clinton’s Premature Troop Withdrawals Helped Fuel The Growth Of ISIS And Extreme Islamic Terrorism In Afghanistan And Iraq

Prior To Clinton's Tenure As Secretary Of State, There Was No ISIS And Its Precursor "Continued To Struggle To Maintain Relevance." "Through 2011, Coalition forces continued to coordinate efforts with tribal security forces, killing the majority of AQI's leadership and leaving it in general disarray. [60] Both Masri and Baghdadi were killed in a joint U.S.-Iraqi raid on April 18, 2010. After the April raid, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (not to be confused with the deceased, Abu Umar al-Baghdadi) assumed control of an AQI severely weakened by local backlash and coalition and local security forces. [61] AQI continued to struggle to maintain relevance through 2011, when Coalition forces withdrew." ("The Islamic State," Stanford University's Mapping Militant Organizations, 4/4/16)

As Secretary Of State In 2011, Clinton Testified Before The Senate Foreign Relations Committee That Obama Had “Hit The Mark” With His Decision To Withdraw All Troops From Afghanistan By The End Of His Presidency. SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TN): “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)

When Asked If She Agreed “100 Percent” With Obama’s Afghan Withdrawal Plan, Clinton Said “Yes I Do,” And Said She Supported “Every Facet” Of The Announcement. BOB 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)

Afghanistan Is Falling Into Deeper Turmoil As The Taliban Threatens Security. “Meanwhile, Afghanistan is sliding deeper into political turmoil, with Taliban insurgents threatening to seize major cities and more than 1 million people internally displaced by conflict. Many Afghans are becoming new refugees as they leave the country in their greatest numbers since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.” (Zulfiqar Ali, “Afghan Refugees In Pakistan Forced To Leave The Country In Response To Get-Tough Measures,” The Los Angeles Times, 8/31/16)

  • Security In The Country Is Worsening. “That is just the beginning. The country’s security situation is worsening, despite the American military’s increased involvement in the fighting. The Taliban have seized many districts, and they threaten to take many more.” (Mujib Mashal, “Afghanistan Is in Chaos. Is That What Hamid Karzai Wants?” The New York Times, 8/5/16)
  • Afghanistan Suffered A Catastrophic Election Dispute In 2014 And Will Not Meet A Deadline For Free And Fair Elections Imposed By Secretary Of State John Kerry. “The end of September is the deadline for the government to meet the commitments of a political deal brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry after the catastrophic 2014 election dispute. By then, Afghanistan is supposed to hold parliamentary elections, enact sweeping electoral reforms, and amend the Constitution to create the position of prime minister for Mr. Ghani’s election rival and current governing partner, Abdullah Abdullah. But staying on schedule was already impossible many months ago, and Mr. Kerry has publicly insisted that Mr. Ghani’s government will remain through the end of its five-year term, regardless.” (Mujib Mashal, “Afghanistan Is in Chaos. Is That What Hamid Karzai Wants?” The New York Times, 8/5/16)

In 2011 Clinton “Strongly Defended President Obama’s Plan To Withdraw Combat Troops From Iraq By The End Of The Year.” “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday strongly defended President Obama’s plan to withdraw combat troops from Iraq by the end of the year and issued a pointed warning to Iran not to underestimate the United States’ commitment to stability in the region.” (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Clinton Defends Iraq Withdrawal Plan,” The New York Times, The Caucus, 10/23/11)

As The U.S. Was Preparing To Withdraw Troops From Iraq “Senior American And Iraqi Officials Are Expressing Concern That Al Qaeda’s Offshoot Here … Is Poised For A Deadly Resurgence.” “As the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from Iraq by year’s end, senior American and Iraqi officials are expressing growing concern that Al Qaeda’s offshoot here, which just a few years ago waged a debilitating insurgency that plunged the country into a civil war, is poised for a deadly resurgence.” (Michael Schmidt and Eric Schmitt, “Leaving Iraq, U.S. Fears New Surge Of Qaeda Terror,” The New York Times, 11/5/11)

  • Multiple U.S. Military Commanders In Iraq Advocated For Keeping Troops In Iraq To Prevent Another Round Of Conflict. “Gen. Odierno recently told Fox News: ‘If we had stayed a little more engaged, I think maybe it might have been prevented. I’ve always believed the United States played the role of honest broker between all the groups, and when we pulled ourselves out, we lost that role.’ He had recommended keeping 35,000 troops in place in 2011. ‘I think it would have been good for us to stay,’ he said. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, a commander in Iraq’s Anbar province, in his July 9 confirmation hearing to be the next Joint Chiefs chairman, differed with those who said the U.S. had no choice but to leave because Iraq’s prime minister was not meeting U.S. demands. ‘I’m not sure I’d say that that meant we had no option to stay,’ he told the Senate Committee on Armed Services.” (Rowan Scarborough, “U.S. Troop Withdrawal Let Islamic State Enter Iraq, Military Leaders Say,” The Washington Times, 7/26/16)

As Recently As June, ISIS Occupied Over 26,370 Square Miles In Syria And Iraq. “The territory controlled by the ultra-hardline Sunni group shrank from 90,800 sq km (35,000 square miles) in January 2015, six months after it declared a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, to 68,300 sq km (26,370 square miles), the research firm said.” (Maher Chmaytelli and Lisa Barrington, “Islamic State Lost Quarter Of Its Iraq, Syria Territory In 18 Months: HIS,” Reuters, 6/10/16)

  • ISIS Has Gained Control Of Much Of The Oil Infrastructure In Iraq. “IS has gained control of much of the oil infrastructure in Syria and Iraq, and oil sold on the black market was originally the group's biggest single source of revenue.” (“Islamic State group: Crisis In Seven Charts,” BBC, 8/3/16)

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