Clinton calls Obama’s foreign policy in Syria a “failure”


Clinton reacts to a question as she discusses her new book "Hard Choices" at George Washington University in WashingtonDistancing herself from President Barack Obama’sforeign policy, potential 2016 U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in an interview published on Sunday that the U.S. decision not to intervene early in the Syrian civil war was a “failure.”

Republican critics and others have faulted Obama for doing too little to support Syrians who rose up against President Bashar al-Assad. Syria has been torn apart by a civil war for three years, with Assad staying in power and Islamic militants among the opposition gaining strength.

“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad – there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle – the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton said in an interview with The Atlantic.

Clinton was Obama’s secretary of state during his first term as president, stepping down in early 2013, so she was part of the administration during the start of the Syria uprising. Seen as a possible strong contender for the 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential nomination, she ran unsuccessfully against Obama for the party’s nomination in 2008.

Asked about Obama’s slogan of “Don’t do stupid stuff” to describe his foreign policy thinking, Clinton said, “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

In the interview, Clinton also offered strong support for Israel and for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has a tense relationship with Obama.

Israel has drawn international condemnation for the deaths of Palestinian non-combatants in Gaza and the destruction of thousands of homes during its month of war with the Islamist movement Hamas. The Obama administration, while supporting Israel’s right to defend itself, has rebuked Israel at least once during the current conflict over the deaths of civilians.

“I think Israel did what it had to do to respond to the (Hamas) rockets. Israel has a right to defend itself. The steps Hamas has taken to embed rockets and command and control facilities and tunnel entrances in civilian areas, this makes a response by Israel difficult,” Clinton said.

Questioned about whether Israel has taken enough steps to prevent the deaths of civilians including children, Clinton said the United States also tries to be careful to avoid civilian casualties in war but sometimes mistakes are made.

“We’ve made them. I don’t know a nation, no matter what its values are – and I think that democratic nations have demonstrably better values in a conflict position – that hasn’t made errors, but ultimately the responsibility rests with Hamas,” Clinton added.




14 responses to “Clinton calls Obama’s foreign policy in Syria a “failure””

  1. master09 Avatar

    A shocking image believed to show a Sydney boy holding a decapitated head in Syria showed the ”barbaric” nature of the terrorist organisation the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.

    The image posted on Twitter shows a young boy, believed to be the son of Sydney jihadist Khaled Sharrouf, holding up the head of a slain Syrian soldier.

    The image was taken in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa and was posted last week on the Twitter account of Sharrouf, Australia’s most wanted terrorist who fled to Syria last year and is now an ISIL fighter.


    A boy believed to be Australian Khaled Sharrouf’s son holds the decapitated head of a soldier. Photo: From Khaled Sharrouf’s Twitter account
    Mr Abbott said on Monday that Australia would “gladly join the humanitarian airlift” in supplying aid to ten of thousands of Yazidi people and Christians trapped by the “terrorist army” in Iraq.

    He said ISIL was trying to establish a “terrorist state” in Iraq and posed “extraordinary problems not just for the people of the Middle East but for the wider world”.
    I did not include picture but you can see it on Sydney morning herald. Sick minds poor kid.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      But once they have killed everyone who doesn’t agree with them, we can drop a ‘Big Boy’ 🙂
      But of course, as Obama and Clinton found out, it’s hard to figure out who’s just totally nuts.
      The ‘locals’ DO seem to know … and they’re not ‘joining in’… Yet.

      “A preacher read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.
      None in the crowd stepped forward, said a witness to the event in a northern Syrian city. So the jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, did it themselves, pelting Faddah Ahmad with stones until her body was dragged away.
      (Some said she was drugged before in the ‘cop-shop’. Was that ‘humanitarian’?)
      “Even when she was hit with stones she did not scream or move,” said an opposition activist who said he witnessed the stoning near the football stadium and the Bajaa garden in the city of Raqqa, the main Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State group.”
      “in the other stoning, in Tabqa, residents also refused to take part, and that the act was carried out by Islamic State members.”

      1. master09 Avatar

        Well 1400 years, it’s like for some people not a day has gone past. Like some people will the subject of Jews and America to blame for these bastards just keeps going on and on. I have a bad toe. The reply will be its the Jews and Yanks they did it to you. How boring is it to read the same crap on this and other sites, like the Arabs don’t have a brain. It’s funny shit. Hope your enjoying last days of warm weather.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Thanks Master09 … I am, inasmuch as there has been so much rain this year the bloody grass kept growing. 🙂 Need some exercise I guess. :-)))
          I can also see where my wife had planted flowers … they look better than the weeds around them this year. 😉
          That ‘report’ from the Land Of Fear shows how much there is.
          None would help the murderers …. but no-one shouted ‘Stop’ either.
          As we watch everyone dump on Israel and America and ‘the west’, it is good to keep in mind that there ARE people also yelling ‘stop’ – the ‘FEAR’ is not evident where people can speak their minds.
          I am sure it is still a desire of most – in Syria, Iraq, Egypt … Lebanon … to be allowed to be fearless for the way they feel and think. That we need to keep reminding ‘politicos’ of that freedom is also known – but where there is law that applies to all, it is much easier.
          Take care. But don’t stub a toe, for God’s sake. 🙂

        2. $89733098 Avatar

          Typical racist comment from a Zionist swine.

          1. master09 Avatar

            Bla bla RACIST show me where in the words, dissect please. Lol

        3. $89733098 Avatar

          “Arabs don’t have a brain.”

          Really? Typical racist zionist swine

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle” …. ‘and it took me 3 years to figure that out too … but now we know which was which, in glorious hindsight.’

  3. master09 Avatar

    Obama is a pussy, leading a country means if you need to slap someone, you slap someone, you don’t do it with a white pussy glove. But votes are more important than doing the rite thing in politics, I mean look Maliki in Iraq holds on to power even when his own people telling him if you don’t step down you will make it worse. Puddles. Lebanon supporting a gang because they send you a pay check weekly.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      I still think if a ‘peacenick’ gets ticked off enough with those who don’t love peace, it could be a 180 degree shift. It’s what everyone has been telling him to do anyway.

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