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Hillary Hammers Obama for Not Toeing the Neo-Con Party Line

Posted on August 12, 2014

By Jeffrey Goldberg

President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the president told me that “when you have a professional army … fighting against a farmer, a carpenter, an engineer who started out as protesters and suddenly now see themselves in the midst of a civil conflict—the notion that we could have, in a clean way that didn’t commit U.S. military forces, changed the equation on the ground there was never true.”

Well, his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, isn’t buying it. In an interview with me earlier this week, she used her sharpest language yet to describe the “failure” that resulted from the decision to keep the U.S. on the sidelines during the first phase of the Syrian uprising.

“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 said.

As she writes in her memoir of her State Department years, Hard Choices, she was an inside-the-administration advocate of doing more to help the Syrian rebellion. Now, her supporters argue, her position has been vindicated by recent events.

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7 thoughts on “Hillary Hammers Obama for Not Toeing the Neo-Con Party Line

  1. Phillip the Bruce says:

    "Hillary for President!" I sure hope not.

  2. Ms Clinton would like us to believe that she was an un-heard voice of reason in the Obama regime, who will "do better" if only now we give her the keys to the truck.

    Ms Clinton had her chance to prove her mettle, and she came up far short. She and Obama are two peas in the same philosophical pod, and any posturing at this point is just that – pure political posturing and grandstanding.

    Both Clintons need to take their ill-gotten millions and retire quietly into obscurity in some remote compound.

  3. “…al Qaeda-inspired groups…” Translation=CIA and Mossad assets destabilizing the governments that US & Israel want control of

    “Not toeing the neo-con party line” Question: If Obama isn’t as dyed-in-the-wool neocon as Hillary, Kerry, McCain and Bush, then why doesn’t he stop signing all those foreign aid checks to Israel, since the neocons make no bones about their Israel-First sympathies?

  4. Hillary [with Muslim Brotherhood's Huma Abedin] was the Neo-Con enforcer for foreign policy. What a short memory … must have been that bump on the head that had her forget everything about Benghazi.

  5. It is obvious that some people do not know what a neo-con is. Obama? Hilary? Kerry? None of these are
    neo-cons. The definition of a neo-con is someone who used to be a liberal who finally saw the light and became a conservative. If you don't believe me, look it up. Irving Crystal is the father of that label. Google him.

  6. Jeez, you can’t even spell your highness’s name correctly. Neocons are neocons, not conservatives. Project For A New American Century. Perpetual war for perpetual peace. You’re trying to conflate the two, an old disinformation trick.

  7. Well, if Hillary is to be believed the logical conclusion is she was a completely ineffective Secretary of State who was unable to shape foreign policy. Liberals just love to craft these impractically "nuanced" positions such as "I was against the war before I was for the war". Her point of view simply does not stand up to critical thinking…