Ouch! Hillary Clinton Blames Rise of Islamic Militants on Obama Policies
In September 2011 in an interview with VOA Hillary Clinton said,
“Al-Qaeda was on the path of defeat.”
This was before the Benghazi massacre one year later.
But now she’s singing a different tune…
In an interview published Sunday, Hillary Clinton blamed the rise of Islamic militants in Iraq-Syria including ISIS on Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton blamed the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on failures of US policy under President Barack Obama, in an interview published Sunday.
Clinton specifically faulted the US decision to stay on the sidelines of the insurgency against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad as opening the way for the most extreme rebel faction, the Islamic State.
“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 told the Atlantic.
Clinton, widely considered an undeclared presidential candidate, was an unsuccessful advocate of arming the Syrian rebels when she was secretary of state during Obama’s first term.
She was interviewed before the US president’s decision Thursday to order limited air strikes to check an IS offensive into Kurdistan, which threatened US nationals and facilities and sent thousands of refugees fleeing into the mountains.
Obama, who oversaw the US withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, vowed not to send US troops back into the country and said Iraqis needed to confront the jihadist threat by forming an inclusive unity government.