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WH Responds to Hillary Foreign Policy Criticism: 'She Was Fully On Board'
The Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER

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 groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from 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 conflict—the notion that we could have, in a clean way that didn’t commit U.S. military forces, changed the equation on the ground there was never true.”

Well, his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, isn’t 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: “Don’t do stupid shit” (an expression often rendered as “Don’t do stupid stuff” in less-than-private encounters).

This is what Clinton said about Obama’s slogan: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t 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, Obama’s 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 wasn’t 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.”


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinton; hillary; obama
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We Need More Popcorn.
1 posted on 08/11/2014 5:25:19 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: McGruff

RUH ROH cat fight!!


2 posted on 08/11/2014 5:28:37 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: McGruff

Heck of a way to ‘criticize’ someone - ‘she was fully on board’.


3 posted on 08/11/2014 5:29:31 AM PDT by skeeter
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Hillary's first shot across the bow Clinton critical of Obama foreign policy, says 'failure' to act in Syria created vacuum for jihad
4 posted on 08/11/2014 5:32:15 AM PDT by McGruff ("We're Leaving Behind a Sovereign, Stable, and Self-Reliant Iraq" - Obama in 2011)
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To: CMailBag

Hilarious! They plan to respond to her jabs. LOL!


5 posted on 08/11/2014 5:35:11 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: McGruff
...deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes...

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".

6 posted on 08/11/2014 5:38:02 AM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: McGruff
"We Need More Popcorn."

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.

7 posted on 08/11/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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8 posted on 08/11/2014 5:44:47 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Carl Vehse

“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


9 posted on 08/11/2014 5:44:53 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: All
(Yawn)----let's not get ourselves into a lather. It's only "dead broke Hillary reinventing herself....a-g-a-i-n.

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?

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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.

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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.

10 posted on 08/11/2014 5:44:55 AM PDT by Liz
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To: BunnySlippers

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.


11 posted on 08/11/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: McGruff
‘Don’t do stupid stuff’

# Don't Be a hillary!

12 posted on 08/11/2014 5:47:50 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Mouton

hillary clintoon is a chronic serial liar. She cannot distance her self from her self. Liars lie...that’s what they do.


13 posted on 08/11/2014 5:48:18 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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Rhodes tells Politico that Clinton and Obama are close, and that they try not to surprise each other.

"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." - Sun-tzu Chinese general & military strategist (~400 BC)

14 posted on 08/11/2014 5:50:09 AM PDT by McGruff ("We're Leaving Behind a Sovereign, Stable, and Self-Reliant Iraq" - Obama in 2011)
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To: McGruff
There were rumors that the Obama team is actively trying to sabotage Hillary's 2016 presidential bid for somebody more to their liking like Elizabeth Warren (there is still is a LOT of bad blood from 2008). Now Hillary comes out with a broadside against Obama’s foreign policy...Lol! it could get real interesting because you know both sides have to have a lot of dirt on each other by now...
15 posted on 08/11/2014 5:53:14 AM PDT by apillar
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To: McGruff
We Need More Popcorn.

And cowbell!!!


16 posted on 08/11/2014 5:56:19 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: McGruff

17 posted on 08/11/2014 6:00:58 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Slyfox

Daaaaaammmmnnnnnn ...

That picture just screams “Nosferatu” doesn’t it?


18 posted on 08/11/2014 6:02:23 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: McGruff
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19 posted on 08/11/2014 6:05:15 AM PDT by RetSignman (obama: "For the love of Alinsky, how much more do I have to do to get them to impeach me"?)
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To: McGruff

“We Need More Popcorn as the catfight between Obozo and Hilldebeast spews out and over.


20 posted on 08/11/2014 6:08:59 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Liberals are afraid that the rumor of voter fraud enforcement will prevent voter fraud!)
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To: RetSignman

If you look at Hillary’s legs (something I care not to do), they appear to have severe edema. That is a sign of uncontrolled hypertension or the alternative is she is fat beyond belief which is also a health issue.


21 posted on 08/11/2014 6:14:35 AM PDT by cpdiii (deckhand, roughneck, geologist, pilot, pharmacist. The constitution is worth dying for!)
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To: hal ogen

Yes I know she is a liar but as with King Putt, if the MSM does not point this out, how much affect does it have to know she is lying? Kind of like the old question: if a tree falls in the forest and no one is present, does it make a sound?

King Putt now says he did not order any withdrawal from Iraq. Crickets from the press. Next up, purge of all internet documents and videos which indicate such. As the election draws closer, Hitlery will say, and no one will point out otherwise, things were OK when she left, Kerry screwed it up. The press will parrot that commentary and King Putt will have his scape goat too.

And the circus parade continues along with the country playing the roll of trying to clean up after it goes by.


22 posted on 08/11/2014 6:16:54 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Mouton

I’m trying to decide if this is a bad joke, a nightmare or both. The current “leader” class is disgusting.


23 posted on 08/11/2014 6:19:52 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen
We agree on that one for sure. Losers, crooks, and narcissists to the max, almost everyone of them.
24 posted on 08/11/2014 6:22:24 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: McGruff

hehehehehehe


25 posted on 08/11/2014 6:22:58 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Mouton

This is a tough one...two notorious liars..who to believe?


26 posted on 08/11/2014 6:42:00 AM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: McGruff

27 posted on 08/11/2014 6:43:56 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Mouton
Hitlery does not yet know the MSM is not fully engaged in her court yet.

Its interesting - what we are seeing with Hillary! right now - the missteps, gaffes, the bumbling & grasping at straws - is what would happen to any leftist candidate without the filter provided by the marxist press.

28 posted on 08/11/2014 6:45:13 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: McGruff

Obviously, she is racist.


29 posted on 08/11/2014 7:08:57 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: McGruff

Isn’t this an awkward time for Obama to get into a purse fight with Hillary? Did she cross a red line or something?

While he might actually be able to battle the witch to a draw in such a slapfest, fighting with an old woman is hardly going to impress Putin, ISIS, China, Hamas, and the rest of the evildoers.


30 posted on 08/11/2014 7:14:15 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Mouton

It looked to me as though the WH may back Elizabeth Warren.


31 posted on 08/11/2014 7:17:19 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: McGruff

if Republican win big this fall, the media hive will strongly rally to Hillary’s “distancing” strategy from King Putt


32 posted on 08/11/2014 7:41:48 AM PDT by Reverend Wright (liberal logic: Sarah Palin is not a real woman but "Chelsea" Manning is...)
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To: skeeter

It took years, but I finally know what it means.

“Stupid is as stupid does.” - A stupid person will do stupid things.


33 posted on 08/11/2014 8:01:10 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: skeeter

It took years, but I finally know what it means.

“Stupid is as stupid does.” - A stupid person will do stupid things.


34 posted on 08/11/2014 8:04:12 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: McGruff

Hillary is setting herself up for the election, she is setting the stage for when/if she is elected, she can blame everything on her predecessor, just like Baryy has done. It’s a DemocRAT thing.


35 posted on 08/11/2014 8:17:18 AM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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To: cpdiii

I’m gonna go with FAT.


36 posted on 08/11/2014 8:51:50 AM PDT by bimboeruption (REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!)
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To: McGruff
Hillary was in bed with Morsi. SHE NEEDS TO EXPLAIN HER SUPPORT FOR THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD in Egypt, one of the WORST foreign policy moves in U.S. history!!!!!!

Allegedly, the MB was involved in the attack on Benghazi. Hmmmm....

37 posted on 08/11/2014 9:31:36 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: McGruff

Dems distancing themselves from their self proclaimed “Messiah.” Thinking back to 6 years ago, it’s fun and satisfying to see this unfold.


38 posted on 08/11/2014 9:51:35 AM PDT by erod
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To: BunnySlippers
It looked to me as though the WH may back Elizabeth Warren.

I consider this to be an interesting development. For starters, Hillary bumbled and stumbled horribly in her practice campaign with the release of Hard Choices and now the Obama WH is favoring Elizabeth Warren. The only problem with Warren getting the nod is that an Obama endorsement at this point is toxic in a Presidential race and maybe even a Dem primary. I don't expect Obama to not interject himself in the next race, due to his large ego and God complex, and I think this is great news for 2016 because he is kryptonite to the Dems.

39 posted on 08/11/2014 9:59:54 AM PDT by erod
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To: McGruff

Obama is not even Junior Varsity. What a putz.


40 posted on 08/11/2014 10:01:21 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: McGruff

Obama is not even Junior Varsity. What a putz.


41 posted on 08/11/2014 10:01:22 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: McGruff

Hillary determines policy, and history, by putting one finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing.


42 posted on 08/11/2014 10:02:32 AM PDT by aimhigh (1 John 3:23)
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To: McGruff

Getting it all out now so it will be old news in a couple of years is all this is.

Does anyone actually think that most sheeple will remember any of this back and forth going on now come election time other than political junkies?

Politics as usual, where paid consultants do nothing but spend 18 hours a day micro managing their bosses image for game day in November.


43 posted on 08/11/2014 10:13:16 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Liz

Remember Hillary’s pretty and pink show with Billious way back when? She apparently still thinks that works but somehow the Beer Goggles just take the shine off of it. Miss Manners says this is the definition of “frump.”


44 posted on 08/11/2014 10:21:16 AM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: McGruff

I didn’t know donkey’s ate their own.


45 posted on 08/11/2014 10:34:11 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: McGruff
...and here she is on the beach thinkin' about what to say next...


46 posted on 08/11/2014 2:22:43 PM PDT by relentlessly
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To: cherokee1
HILLARY MAKES IT TO THE TOP---ALMOST


47 posted on 08/11/2014 3:04:07 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

I took a nasty spill once.

There is nothing funny about falling.

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48 posted on 08/11/2014 3:05:54 PM PDT by Mears (thanks !)
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To: relentlessly

Oh, I LOVE that picture of her!

Reminds me of Charlie the Tuna.


49 posted on 08/11/2014 3:37:28 PM PDT by CatDancer (tagline expired)
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To: Liz

Who ever is the repub running against hillary should run that clip in every ad.


50 posted on 08/12/2014 11:43:45 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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