Skip to comments.WH Responds to Hillary Foreign Policy Criticism: 'She Was Fully On Board'
Posted on 08/11/2014 5:25:19 AM PDT by McGruff
White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes is now publicly responding to criticism from Hillary Clinton of Barack Obama's foreign policy. "On the broad thrust of our foreign policy, she was fully on board," Rhodes tells Politico.
Hillary Clinton did a recent interview where she was seen to have been bashing elements of Obama's foreign policy.
President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groupslike the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq todayfrom seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the president told me that when you have a professional army ... fighting against a farmer, a carpenter, an engineer who started out as protesters and suddenly now see themselves in the midst of a civil conflictthe notion that we could have, in a clean way that didnt commit U.S. military forces, changed the equation on the ground there was never true.
Well, his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, isnt buying it. In an interview with me earlier this week, she used her sharpest language yet to describe the "failure" that resulted from the decision to keep the U.S. on the sidelines during the first phase of the Syrian uprising.
Of course, Clinton had many kind words for the incredibly intelligent and thoughtful Obama, and she expressed sympathy and understanding for the devilishly complicated challenges he faces. But she also suggested that she finds his approach to foreign policy overly cautious, and she made the case that America needs a leader who believes that the country, despite its various missteps, is an indispensable force for good. At one point, I mentioned the slogan President Obama recently coined to describe his foreign-policy doctrine: Dont do stupid shit (an expression often rendered as Dont do stupid stuff in less-than-private encounters).
This is what Clinton said about Obamas slogan: Great nations need organizing principles, and Dont do stupid stuff is not an organizing principle.
Rhodes tells Politico that Clinton and Obama are close, and that they try not to surprise each other.
We have been able to have a no-surprises culture, and that is rooted in the fact that we have very deep personal relationships, said Ben Rhodes, Obamas deputy national security adviser. She is going to do what she is going to do, and she is going to say what she is going to say, but generally the lines of communication are such that there are no surprises on the big issues that come up. ...
The Clinton camp also shared a draft of her book with Rhodes before the publication.
The goal wasnt to give anyone a veto, said one associate familiar with the book-writing process. It was to have a no-surprises policy.
It would have been strange if she wrote a book in which she agreed with every single thing we did, Politico reported Rhodes as saying. On the broad thrust of our foreign policy, she was fully on board. There are also going to be places where she is going to have differences.
RUH ROH cat fight!!
Heck of a way to ‘criticize’ someone - ‘she was fully on board’.
Hilarious! They plan to respond to her jabs. LOL!
Yeah, this is the guy who wrote the knowingly false Benghazi memo saying it was some YouTube video. And the same guy who's brother just happens to be an exec at CBS "news".
There's nothing for our entertainment like two lying traitors criticizing each other... well... except, following their indictment, trial, conviction, and sentence, watching their bloated, maggot-infested corpses rot off the noose with which they were hanged.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarter's Expenses?
“watching their bloated, maggot-infested corpses rot off the noose with which they were hanged.”
Don’t hold back, tell us how you really feel. lol
The Clintons are paranoid---Hillary's "dead broke" comment to ABC's Diane Sawyer is haunting her candidacy. The Clintons lay awake nights, trying to dream up angles to make voters forget her "dead broke" bomb.
She's really desperate---picking on the Redskins franchise last week. She bombed doing an outlandish comedy routine w/ Colbert. Where she'll strike next is anybody's guess (cackle). Maybe Hillary Bill and Chelsea will stand in a bread line, join hands and sink Kumbaya?
Who can forget Obama and Hillary's love fest on CBS' 60 Minutes?
Obomba hustled Hillary on 60 Minutes to gaze in adoration,
after Hill's arrogant dismissal of the Benghazi massacre before
Congress. I thought sure Obama was gonna give 'er a B/J on
broadcast tv....he was THAT grateful.
Even more problematic for the opportunistic Clintons is that Boobamba's serial incompetence is imperiling Hillary's ambitions. Running in the toxic fallout of a two-term blundering black president is a Sisyphian challenge.
For sure CBS will give Hill ample airtime so that Hillary emerges pure and virginal for 2016. CBS will suckup and give her 2-3 segments to explain away foreign policy flops....and Benghazi. The words "Blame Republicans" are already forming on Hilly's virginal lips.
Hitlery does not yet know the MSM is not fully engaged in her court yet. She is trying to put some daylight between her own failures and those of King Putt. Putt’s circle of jerks wants to not cause conflicts and surely not to do anything which will undermine his ugly face from enshrinement on Mt Rushmore.
This will be similar before the 16 election to the Eisenhower support for Nixon before 1960...very little but not negative.
# Don't Be a hillary!
hillary clintoon is a chronic serial liar. She cannot distance her self from her self. Liars lie...that’s what they do.
"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." - Sun-tzu Chinese general & military strategist (~400 BC)
That picture just screams “Nosferatu” doesn’t it?
“We Need More Popcorn as the catfight between Obozo and Hilldebeast spews out and over.