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August 10, 2014 - 3:13 pm

How desperate is Hillary Clinton to separate herself from her former boss?

Clinton told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic that it’s President Obama’s fault that ISIS arose in Syria. She also belittled his oft-quoted foreign policy philosophy, “Don’t do stupid stuff.”

The Hill reports:

Key foreign policy decisions under President Obama have allowed Islamic terrorists to gain a better footing in the Middle East, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this week.

Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential contender, told The Atlantic in an interview published Sunday that the failure to build up Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad “left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled.”

Some have criticized Obama for not helping Syrian rebels early on in the rebellion in order to combat al Qaeda-inspired terrorist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has since taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

“It is striking, however, that you have more than 170,000 people dead in Syria. You have the vacuum that has been created by the relentless assault by Assad on his own population, an assault that has bred these extremist groups, the most well-known of which, ISIS—or ISIL—is now literally expanding its territory inside Syria and inside Iraq,” Clinton said.

On nuclear talks with Iran, which Obama has approached carefully, Clinton said “it’s important to send a signal to everybody who is there that there cannot be a deal unless there is a clear set of restrictions on Iran,” adding, “little or no enrichment has always been my position.”

The U.S. has hoped to punish Russia with sanctions, but Clinton compared President Vladimir Putin’s push for resurgent nationalism to “jihadi Islam.”

“You have Russia massing battalions—Russia, that actually annexed and is occupying part of a UN member state—and I fear that it will do even more to prevent the incremental success of the Ukrainian government to take back its own territory, other than Crimea,” she said.

She also highlighted the foreign policy work of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and herself in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Clinton said Obama’s political message on foreign policy may be different from his worldview, noting, “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

Did Obama’s minimalist response to the civil war in Syria really contribute to the rise of ISIS? Far be it for me to defend the president, but I think Clinton is off-base. ISIS, or something like it, was bound to arise in the hothouse atmosphere of a sectarian civil war. The bloodier and more intense the fighting got, the more extreme sorts of warriors and groups were thrown up to meet it.

Also, the only way the rebels can win is if we give them weapons that would allow them to match President Assad’s forces on the battlefield. We’re not going to give potential enemies — even “secular” Syrians” — anti-aircraft missiles, armor, or other heavy weapons that they could turn around and use on our friends after the war is over. In that sense, President Obama was correct in resisting pleas from the Gulf states and the rebels for heavier weapons. And it’s unlikely that even if we had, ISIS would not have arisen.

But Clinton is right about the president’s philosophy. “Don’t do stupid stuff” invites timidity and indecision. It leads to weakness and half measures that sometimes make a situation worse. No one is saying that President Obama should run off half-cocked. But sometimes taking a risk is its own reward. We don’t pay the president to sit in the Big Chair, cross his fingers, and hope for the best. Risk comes with the job, and risking further involvement in Iraq to save the Yazidis or help the Kurds push ISIS out of their territory seems a chance worth taking.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.
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I gotta' give her points for sheer chutzpah. She is just as culpable as he.
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Far as I'm concerned Hilary Clinton, by not speaking out against Obama's disasterous policy decisions
When They Were Being Made...makes her also guilty and culpable.
Notice to all administration toadies: Monday morning criticism by you regarding your boss's
Failures does Not excuse nor vindicate you for your political expediency and moral cowardice.

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No, it was not his response to Syria; It was is lack of response to the entire Arab Spring. Obama squandered possibly the only opportunity we will ever see to reshape the Middle-East without global war. The entire Fertile Crescent was on the verge of shaking off the chains of radical Islam and only needed the gentlest of pushes to complete the journey. That is Obama's Legacy. The true chance for "Peace in Our Time" squandered like a campaign promise.
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Me too!
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This is an evil manipulative woman.I watched this pos stand hand in hand with the pisspotus with 4 caskets as a photo op backdrop and lie to cover up their negligence to serve and protect Americans.
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The cause of ISIS in Iraq was the sectarian pursuits of Maliki beginning in 2010. If President Obama and SecState Clinton had been involved in Iraq, instead of claiming mission accomplished, they could have headed off the sectarian behavior. They just wanted out.

So, now Iraq is divided against itself and cannot stand. Now, we are mission-creeping our way back in, so Obama can maybe save some face from losing Iraq when it was won.

Clinton was part and parcel of Obama's foreign policy. If she had disagreed then, she could have resigned in protest. Of course, Dems never give up power and prestige, do they? Certainly not over a mere point of principle.

She owns this as much as he does. She is trying to hang it all on him, though. "Me? I was only Secretary of State. I had nothing to do with our foreign policy!"
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Hillary Clinton is like the Henry Hill of Goodfellas.

She was part of the Obama mafia and now wants to go into the witness protection program with a new identity.

SHE turned on Israel. SHE was up to her eyeballs in the still hidden understory in Benghazi. SHE promised the father of one of the brave souls that they were going to "get" the videographer that she KNEW was not the cause of his death. SHE was the original proponent of CommunistCare, the forced healthcare fiasco .

But now she wants a scrubbed history to wipe away her past. Reagan Democrats being her bread and butter.

She denies her mafia leftism. But the trail of evidence says otherwise.
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"SHE turned on Israel."

She didn't turn on Israel. She just finally got a chance to make her long-standing hatred of Jews official.

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The BLONDE
That visited bubbazipper regularly at their house when hildahag was gone, according to Secret Service reports in Kessler's book.
Does she still go there?
Is she still alive?
Could some haters/VRWC/TP or National Enquirer photograph her soon and identify her?
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Well, well, well. You could call it, "distancing", or you could call it the opening shot in the "Hillary is not Obama" war.

Should be interesting to see how he fires back.

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Al Queada disassociated themselves from ISIS/ISIL because they are too violent, thats akin to being thrown out of the SS for being too cruel to the JEWS.
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King Barry HUSSEIN OBOZO was born to a Sunni MUSLIM Father and schooled and raised as a SUNNI Muslim in INDONESIA after being ADOPTED by his MUSLIM stepfather Soetero so him choosing THEIR side even against the USA and the Civilized World's interests comes as no surprise.
In fact he is on record as saying 'If the Political will turns against them I will stand with the MUSLIMS' and no clearer statement of intent can be made.
Interestingly while OBOZO admits to having 'been' an MUSLIM there is no record of him ever becoming an APOSTATE and no Muslims have ever called for his death as an APOSTATE - wonder why that is?
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Islam is the cause ... it's not about us, it's about them. Rick is right for once: "ISIS, or something like it, was bound to arise".
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