March 14, 2016

Clinton Faces Tough Questions On Foreign Policy During Town Hall

During a town hall hosted by Chris Matthews Monday night, Secretary Clinton faced tough questions about her vote to go to war in Iraq and her subsequent support of regime change in Libya and Syria.

Clinton’s Iraq vote has been the subject of much debate. During her 2008 campaign, it helped sink her effort to secure the Democratic nomination. Clinton eventually apologized for that vote in her exhausting 2014 memoir Hard Choices:

“When I voted to authorize force in 2002, I said that it was probably the ‘hardest decision I have ever had to make.’ I thought I acted in good faith and made the best decision I could with the information I had. And I wasn’t alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.”

That hasn’t stopped her opponent, Bernie Sanders, from highlighting the vote as evidence of what he calls Clinton’s poor judgment.

Later, Matthews pressed Clinton on her eagerness to support regime change across the globe.

MATTHEWS: “Why do you keep wanting to do these things of regime change? What’s in your thinking that says the United States has some right and duty to go into Middle Eastern countries and knock off their leadership?”

Clinton spent the duration of the segment explaining her support for regime change in Syria and Libya.