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“We Now Finally Are Where We Need To Be” Vs ISIS? Clinton Team Thought Otherwise

- October 26, 2016

Leaked Emails Show Former Obama National Security Adviser Tom Donilon Privately Telling The Clinton Campaign In December 2015 That The U.S. Fight Against ISIS Was "Nowhere Near Where It Needs To Be"

Giving Edits To A Draft Clinton Speech In December 2015, Tom Donilon Said That The U.S. Effort To "Meet And Defeat The Terror Threat" Was "Now Flagging" And Was "Nowhere Near Where It Needs To Be." "At page 3 would recommend as strong and clear a statement on San Bernardino as possible. Some possible elements for consideration if you think that such a section is appropriate for tomorrow's talk: the terror threat has evolved, metastasized, and become more complex--and dangerous; terror meeting technology makes the defeat of ISIS all the more imperative; our homeland security agencies, including the FBI, need to have all the resources they require to uncover and address a challenge that has grown in volume and complexity; the US must meet and defeat the terror threat on both the physical and the digital battlefields (as you know, H made this a priority as SecState and the effort is now flagging, nowhere near where it needs to be); our visa programs need to be reviewed and strengthened; we need to insist that our European allies substantially improve their efforts on intelligence, information sharing, and border control; and yes, we need to ensure at a minimum that no one on a terrorism watch list gets access to guns or ammunition." (Tom Donilon, Email To Dan Schwerin, Et. Al., "Re: UPDATED: HRC Speech At Saban Forum," John Podesta Wikileaks, 12/5/15)

Two Weeks Later, Clinton Publicly Said The United States Was Finally "Where We Need To Be" In The Fight Against ISIS

Clinton On ISIS, December 2015: "We Now Finally Are Where We Need To Be." 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 terrorists, more extremists 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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