Hillary Clinton 2003: Dissension Is Good… Hillary Clinton 2012: Dissension Is Bad & Inflames Islamist Violence
In 2003, Hillary Clinton lost it at the annual Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner, “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”
Fast forward to today…
Hillary Clinton told CNN that Republican criticism of Barack Obama is not helpful and inflames the “dangerous situation in Afghanistan.”
Criticism of President Barack Obama’s apology for the burning of Qurans in Afghanistanis not helpful, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday in a wide-ranging interview with CNN.
“I find it somewhat troubling that our politics would enflame such a dangerous situation in Afghanistan,” Clinton said of the complaints by Republican presidential candidates and some experts about Obama’s apology.
Obama apologized Thursday in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Qurans, which he called “inadvertent” and an “error.”
“It was the right thing to do to have our president on record as saying this was not intentional, we deeply regret it,” Clinton said.
At least four American troops have been killed in apparent revenge attacks in the past week, and dozens of Afghans have been killed or wounded in protests about the incident.
“We are hoping that voices inside Afghanistan will join that of President Karzai and others in speaking out to try to calm the situation,” Clinton said. “It is out of hand and it needs to stop.”
Clinton also said diplomatic efforts were under way to peel away support from Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.