Hillary Rodham Clinton on ISIS
Hillary Rodham Clinton called for accelerating the American-led operation to defeat the Islamic State on Thursday, going well beyond what President Obama has proposed by urging a no-fly zone with coalition forces to safeguard Syrians, expanding the deployment of Specific Operations troops to help regional ground forces, and substantially stepping up airstrikes.
â??Our aim is not to deter or contain ISIS, but to defeat and destroy ISIS,â? Mrs. Clinton stated, employing an acronym for the Islamic State, the group that has claimed duty for the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday.
Speaking in New York at the Council on Foreign Relations, Mrs. Clinton took sharp aim at the Republican presidential candidates who have named for the United States to cease accepting Syrian refugees. â??We can not enable terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values and our humanitarian obligations,â? she stated.
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At the exact same time, she declared that the aftermath of the attacks in the French capital was â??no time to be scoring political points.â?
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Mrs. Clintonâ??s approach to the Islamic State following the Paris attacks remains an incremental increase more than what the White Residence is now performing â?? just one particular that would be executed at a more quickly pace. The Pentagon has stated, for instance, that it will bolster the use of Special Forces if the initial effort to train and equip Kurdish fighters and boost the targeting of airstrikes is productive Mrs. Clinton appeared ready to do that now.
She referred to as for far more air power, but only in cooperation with Persian Gulf allies, and acknowledged, beneath questioning from Fareed Zakaria, the moderator of the occasion, that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had halted their air attacks on the Islamic State, rather focusing their efforts in Yemen. Mrs. Clinton argued that producing a no-fly zone, enforced by several nations, â??will confront a lot of our partners on what they are prepared to do.â? And, she argued, it would bolster the diplomacy that her successor as secretary of state, John Kerry, is pursuing to attempt to bring about a cease-fire.
Mrs. Clinton did not directly criticize Mr. Obamaâ??s method, and stated her program amounted to â??an intensification and acceleration of the strategyâ? the White Residence has put forth.
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But in a exceptional break with the administration, Mrs. Clinton declared publicly what White Property officials have privately said for months: that the fight in Syria is no longer about ousting President Bashar al-Assad. â??We need to have folks to turn against the widespread enemy of ISIS,â? she stated.
In saying so, Mrs. Clinton seemed to align her strategic method far more closely with these of Russia and Iran, who are backing the Assad government, even though she criticized both nations in her speech Thursday.
Mrs. Clinton provided further particulars on her idea for a no-fly zone, saying it need to be limited to northern Syria, equivalent to Turkish proposals for a buffer zone to defend civilians. Many Republican presidential candidates have also referred to as for a much more expansive no-fly zone.
She also pushed back forcefully against Republican calls to bar Syrian refugees or to allow only those who are Christians to resettle in the United States.
â??We are in a contest of concepts against an ideology of hate and we have to win,â? she said. But, she added: â??Letâ??s be clear, though: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people.â?