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Aug. 13, 2014

Hillary Clinton Flip-Flopped on Syria Crisis

Aspiring president Hillary Clinton recently criticized Barack Obama’s handling of the situation in Syria, saying the president’s “failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against [Syria’s Bashar al-]Assad … left a big vacuum, which the jihadists [ISIL] have now filled.” However, the former state secretary was singing a different tune in early 2012. In an interview with CBS, Clinton warned against providing weapons to the Syrian rebels. “What are we going to arm them with and against what?” she wondered. “We know that al-Qaida [leader Ayman al] Zawahiri is supporting the opposition in Syria. Are we supporting al-Qaida in Syria? Hamas is now supporting the opposition. Are we supporting Hamas in Syria? … [I]f you are a military planner or if you are a secretary of state and you are trying to figure out [if] you have the elements of an opposition that is actually viable, we don’t see that.” More…

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