Hillary Clinton Criticizes Obama's Foreign Policy in Syria and Iraq

Inevitable Democratic candidate for president in 2016 Hillary Clinton rocked Matt Drudge's world this weekend when she criticized President Obama's foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. Clinton, who gave the interview before Obama authorized airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq, said the president's "failure" to intervene in Syria allowed jihadists to come to power in the region.

When Goldberg asked Clinton, "Do you think we'd be where we are with ISIS right now if the U.S. had done more three years ago to build up a moderate Syrian opposition?" she responded:

Well, I don't know the answer to that. The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against [Syrian President Bashar al] 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.

This is the strongest criticism Clinton's made of Obama's presidency so far, and according to Politico's Maggie Haberman, Clinton's people warned the White House that the interview was coming out. Obama has said before that there's no way the U.S. could have "changed the equation on the ground" in Syria without "committing U.S. military forces."

All this goes to show that Clinton is more hawkish than Obama on foreign policy, which we knew. In the interview, Clinton also strongly defended Israel's military actions in Gaza and said that the public's reaction to them has been "uncalled for and unfair."

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