Clinton explains why she won’t say ‘radical Islam’

6 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Clinton: Time for ‘intensification’ of ISIL strategy.

Hillary Clinton on Sunday said “we’re not winning” the fight against ISIS, but would not go as far as to say that the United States is at war with the terrorist organization, adding “it’s too soon to say.” Clinton, in an interview with ABC News, said she expects President Barack Obama will announce “an intensification of the existing strategy” against ISIS when he addresses the country from the Oval Office Sunday night.

And I think there’s some additional steps we have to take.” The Democratic presidential front-runner and former secretary of state said the U.S. “clearly” needed a more robust air campaign against the Islamic State targeting the militant group’s leaders and its oil infrastructure. “I think you’ll hear that from the president,” she said. “And part of what I have been arguing, for quite some time now, is that we’ve got to do a better job of getting back the Sunnis on the ground, along with the Kurds, who can be the fighters who will actually take back territory with air cover and with targeted attacks on ISIS infrastructure.” Clinton reiterated that she did not want U.S. combat troops on the ground to fight the Islamic State, aside from special operations forces and advisers. “Where I sit right now, I think it would make things worse, not better,” Clinton said, while arguing the U.S. should increase its special operations forces against ISIL. If you’re a Muslim, you must join us.’ No, if you are a law abiding, peace-loving muslim, you need to be with us, against those who are distorting Islam,” Clinton said. She declined to weigh in, however, on the debate over Internet encryption and terrorism, only saying that she hoped that the private sector and law enforcement could come together and find a solution. Clinton defended herself against Republican attacks for pushing gun control immediately after the San Bernardino mass shooting and before it was clear terrorism was a factor. Clinton has called for stricter gun laws and has said Congress should ban potential terrorists on the no-fly list from purchasing weapons. “I don’t see these two as in any way contradictory,” echoing what she told reporters on Friday in Iowa. “These are two parts of the same approach that I’m taking to make us safe.”

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