December 6, 2015

It’s Groundhog Day For Hillary Clinton’s Support For Failed ISIS Strategy

Today, Hillary Clinton will deliver a keynote address at the Brookings Institution’s annual Saban Forum in Washington, DC, an event at which one year ago yesterday she endorsed the Obama Administration’s failed Syria strategy.

Asked by Forum founder Haim Saban one year ago what “more or different” America can do in the face of ISIS “gaining territories” and their ability to “continue expanding,” Clinton endorsed the Obama Administration’s strategy, refusing to add anything “more or different”:

HAIM SABAN: “You mentioned ISIS. What do you think that we can do differently that what we are doing now because they continue gaining territories and they continue expanding. Is there anything more or different that we can do?”

HILLARY CLINTON: “Well, I think we are in for a long struggle, but I think we have, in the last months, put together the pieces of a strategy. …”

A year later it’s obvious the Clinton-Obama ISIS strategy has been a failure. As The New York Times reported just two months after Clinton’s remarks:

The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, American intelligence officials assert, raising the prospect of a new global war on terror.

And just last month, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released this year’s Global Terrorism Index, which showed an 80% increase in the number of people killed by terrorists in 2014:

A surge in activity from Nigeria’s Islamist insurgency Boko Haram – now the world’s deadliest terrorist group – and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has driven an 80% increase in the number of people killed by terrorists in 2014, this year’s Global Terrorism Index showed. In total, 32,658 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 67 countries last year, according to the index, released on Tuesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The world is reeling from the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, which killed at least 129 people. But the index showed that 80% of last year’s terrorist killings were carried out in just five countries: Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.

So when Secretary Clinton once again takes the stage at the Saban Forum shortly and touts her foreign policy credentials, it’s worth remembering that she supported – on the same stage one year ago – the exact policies that have failed to keep America and our allies safe.