While Hillary explains that Obama is “thoughtful” and “incredibly smart,” the unannounced 2016 Presidential candidate had a few less than supportive words for the current Iraq-bomber-in-chief. In an interview in The Atlantic magazine, Bloomberg reports Clinton warns Obama lacks a specific doctrine, adding "great nations need organizing principles, and "don't do stupid stuff" is not an organizing principle."
As Bloomberg reports, Hillary Clinton is taking on President Barack Obama with the same issue he used against her in the 2008 Democratic primary: foreign policy vision.
Obama lacks a specific doctrine, according to an Atlantic magazine interview with Clinton... “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Clinton told the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, also a Bloomberg View columnist, in reference to the way Obama and his aides describe his approach to foreign policy.
That’s a “political message” and “not his world view,” she said.
“I know that 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 in the interview.
Clinton, using as an example tensions between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors over the South China Sea, linked success in U.S. foreign policy to economic advancement at home.
“If you don’t restore the American dream for Americans, then you can forget about any kind of continuing leadership in the world,” she said.
“Americans deserve to feel secure in their own lives, in their own middle-class aspirations, before you go to them and say, ‘We’re going to have to enforce navigable sea lanes in the South China Sea,’” Clinton said.
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As Obama's approval ratings crater, it will become increasingly important for Hillary to draw contrasts with the current admninistration's policies... and yet still pander to the base...