As part of her ongoing effort to distance herself from the current administration, Hillary Clinton turned much of a recent interview into an exercise in Obama-bashing.
Her comments dealt with numerous foreign policy issues currently facing the U.S. and, in many cases, she determined her 2008 presidential rival is to blame for deteriorating conditions around the world. Clinton criticized Obama’s detached approach to the turmoil overseas.
“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”
Specifically, she cited his failure to support Syrian rebels as a major cause of the current threat Islamic State terrorists pose in the region.
“The failure to 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 also took a decidedly pro-Israel position regarding that country’s ongoing conflict with Palestinian militants in Gaza. Her comments are at odds with to Obama administration sources who have criticized the Jewish nation’s retaliation against relentless missile strikes from Hamas-sponsored terrorists.
“Israel has the 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.”
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