January 15, 2016

In Radio Interview, Clinton Can’t Say World Is Safer Because Of Obama-Clinton Leadership

Secretary Clinton called in to Concord News Radio and was asked point blank “Do you believe the world is a safer place as a result of the Obama presidency?” As someone who served for four years as Secretary of State in the administration, one would expect Clinton to immediately respond, “Yes.”

But that’s not what happened. Instead, Clinton said things like “we’re living in a complex world with new challenges that arise all the time” and that we need to be “building partnerships, alliances that can take on some of these issues.”

The answer is telling, particularly since Clinton spends so much time on the campaign trail touting her foreign policy experience as an asset. The reality is Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State is a liability and her failed leadership and judgment has made us less safe.

If you need case studies, look no further than her failed leadership in Libya, Syria, or Nigeria.

Below is a transcript of Clinton’s interview:

CHRIS RYAN: “I want to touch upon healthcare and the economy here in a second, but just a quick follow-up to that. Do you believe that the world today respects America more, because this is a big Republican thing – that America is not respected across the board, our allies don’t trust us – and do you believe that the world is a safer place as a result of the Obama presidency?”

HILLARY CLINTON: “I think that we’re living in a complex world with new challenges that arise, you know, all the time. So we can’t just do what we used to do and expect it to work. And I think that what we’ve tried to do, and what President Obama has led us in doing, is building partnerships, alliances that can take on some of these issues. You know, I had to put together the sanctions against Iran in order to get them to the negotiating table to try to figure out how to put a lid on their nuclear weapons program. You know, that’s painstaking, slow diplomacy. It took about 18 months. I had to get Russia and China on board. And we have to continue to assert our values and pursue our interests and advance our security, all at the same time, but we can’t just go ordering people around like some of the Republican candidates seem to suggest. So I think we are certainly at a point in history where American leadership is needed more than ever, where some of the problems that we’ve had in our own hemisphere, for example, are better in some ways but new issues – like what’s happening in Central America, that sends poor, you know, terrified people north to our border – we have to take on all of this, but we need to do it from a position of strength and confidence.”