If you disagree with Obama’s failed ISIS policy you obviously want terrorists to have guns or something, or you hate widows and orphans, or whatever today’s lame White House talking points might be. But if you’re the 2016 Democrat frontrunner, currently under FBI investigation, and you distance yourself from the clown Obama, you’re edging right. So is she now going to get the leftwing pile-on about how evil she is?
Hillary Clinton is putting space between herself and President Obama on the issues of national security and terrorism, even at the risk of offending the most dovish members of her own party.
Clinton said during a major speech last week that the United States should go aggressively after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to “break the group’s momentum and then its back.” She also said that no-fly zones should be imposed over some parts of Syria — a step that the Obama administration has declined to take — and suggested that some ground forces would be necessary.
On the final point, Clinton was careful to note that, “Like President Obama, I do not believe that we should again have 100,000 American troops in combat in the Middle East. That is just not the smart move to make here.” But she added that U.S. forces should be utilized to “support local and regional ground forces in carrying out this mission.”
Clinton drew an even sharper contrast with Obama at the second Democratic presidential debate, declaring that ISIS “cannot be contained, it must be defeated.”
Obama had received considerable criticism for having said that ISIS was “contained” the day before the attacks on Paris that killed 130 people. Aides emphasized he had been using the word to describe the organization’s control of territory, rather than suggesting the threat had been neutralized.
Still, the president’s poll ratings reveal considerable public dissatisfaction with his approach. In an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted between Nov. 16 and Nov. 19, adults nationwide were asked whether they approved of Obama’s handling of the threat of terrorism.
Only 40 percent expressed approval, whereas 54 percent disapproved, by some distance the worst result Obama had received in that poll going back to 2009. The same poll offered up an even worse rating when respondents were asked about ISIS specifically: 35 percent approved and 57 percent disapproved of the president’s performance.
Those kinds of ratings give plenty of reason for Clinton to adopt a tougher line.
“There is no question but that she is going back to the Hillary Clinton of old,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based Democratic strategist who has worked with Clinton in the past but is not doing so in this campaign.
Last week her “plan” was just like Obama’s. Now that public opinion has shifted drastically against Obama, she’s jumping ship. Her problem is she helped make Obama’s policy and can’t run from it. Sorry, Grandma, you’re part owner of this colossal failure.