Hillary Clinton Walks Back Her Criticism Of President Obama’s Foreign Policy

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Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton walked back her criticism of President Obama’s foreign policy and said that she and the president will “hug it out” this weekend.

In a statement yesterday, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said, “Earlier today, the Secretary called President Obama to make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies or his leadership. Secretary Clinton has at every step of the way touted the significant achievements of his presidency, which she is honored to have been part of as his secretary of state. While they’ve had honest differences on some issues, including aspects of the wicked challenge Syria presents, she has explained those differences in her book and at many points since then. Some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues. Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when she they see each other tomorrow night.”

The foreign policy differences between Clinton and Obama have existed since they were in the Senate together. There is a reason why a hawk like John McCain has such admiration and respect for former Sec. Clinton. She has hawkish tendencies herself. This isn’t a big secret, or a surprise to anyone.

On at least three separate occasions during the interview, former Sec. Clinton laid out her own foreign policy vision. It wasn’t an accident that she differed with the president. There are a few reasons why she made those comments to The Atlantic. First, she is trying to stand alone as her own presidential candidate. One of the big criticisms that she will face in 2016 is that a Clinton victory will represent four more years of Obama. Secondly, she has legitimate differences with the president on foreign policy. Anyone who remembers the 2008 campaign can recall that one of the big differences between the two candidates was their views on the Iraq war.

The White House was legitimately unhappy with these comments because they are in the middle of dealing a new crisis in Iraq. In reality, Hillary Clinton wasn’t so much walking it back for the White House. She was really reassuring Democratic voters. Her comments on Sunday caused many Obama supporters to immediately flashback to 2008. Mrs. Clinton has worked hard to reassure Obama Democrats who were skeptical of her. She did a great job as Secretary of State, and Democrats seem unified behind her.

The 2016 election will likely focus on jobs and the economy so this little dust up shouldn’t matter in the long run, but it is a reminder to the Clintons that there are a lot of Democrats who haven’t forgotten about her vote for the Iraq war, so it would be wise to tread carefully when it comes to foreign policy.

14 Replies to “Hillary Clinton Walks Back Her Criticism Of President Obama’s Foreign Policy”

  1. Well, at least everything is all good and happy now with Ms. Clinton and the White House.

    Don’t want to give the Republicans any hope that there’s a crack in the armor, so to speak.

  2. Of course she would walk it back. 2008 wasn’t that too far in the past. Hillary, trying to sound a blood gurgling sociopath in a pantsuit will not get you very far with the real base of the Democratic party

  3. It was a calculated move by Hillary to show a little independent thought on certain foreign policies. Nothing wrong with that. I believe it also got the blessing of the White House: “Yea go ahead Hillary make your points, show your foreign policy creds, let the Repubs wonder. It’s allright, but don’t go thrash talking the President on personal grounds like those bas-tar-ds in the Republican outhouse.” Yeah, I think that the message here is: We agree to disagree. Constructive criticism is good. As long as we can still look each other straight in the eye without shame, like those back-stabbing Republicans. Okay? Now let’s hug and plot our next move. Keep the Reapublicans confused. Let’s see what kind of dumb ch-it they gonna say.”

  4. This is nothing but a distraction, their will be time enough to hear Clinton. This is just another adolescence temper-tanturm by the media.
    Clinton have said many things as SOS & person selling a book. Here she is speaking on the same subject as SOS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ck5cj9bKJ0M -In 2012, Clinton Said Syrian Rebels Not “Viable” Arms Could Help Al Qaeda

    Amer. media is becoming embarrassment, while Int’l journalists are reporting on events that concerning the U.S. (Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, UN Sec., stockmarket, etc..

    All we get is she said, he said BS.
    I’m not for or against HRC, I just don’t give a damn about her, at this point in time. She have no affect on policy & she seem not interest in helping Dems. get elect Nov. 2014. So she just a shiny object to dangle to keep ppl frustrate & fed-up w/ the Dems.. All say, “STAY FOCUS & DON’T GIVE IN TO BS.”

  5. Shiva, so you’re saying that Hillary is the only Democrat that can win the presidency in 2016?

    I’m a liberal and I have problems with Hillary. She’s too hawkish for starters. She also doesn’t seem to be the least bit interested in helping other Democrats get elected or helping raise money for other Democrats. It’s just all about her!

  6. Yes Maam that’s exactly what I am saying. Biden would lose, Bernie would lose, the gop would tear him up like a limp rag(socialist thing). I would love to see Bernie as president but that wont happen.

  7. Former SoS Clinton needs to tread lightly. If she pisses off certain members of the democratic coalition, they will not vote for her in 2016, and if it’s a close race, she’ll need every vote she can get. I’ve always had an uncomfortable feeling about HRC. She needs to remember that she needs us more than we need her. If she continues to undermine the president, the Obama campaign infrastructure she’s depending upon to propel her into the WH will refuse to assist her. If I could choose a 2016 democratic nominee, it would be either Sanders, Biden, or Malloy. Also, I’ve never been much of a supporter of political dynasties.

  8. Now you know what a two faced back stabbing person she is, fake as F**k! She gave the president some of the most hateful glares during 2008 election I will not vote for this person. Traitor to democrat party! Oh yeah Mark Udall has lost my vote! Refused to stand with president during his trip to Denver to fund raise for Udall! I see now there are many Obama haters within the democrat party also!

  9. Remember this one.
    Way back when on the campaign trail (Hillary/Obama) Miss Hillary was asked this question if she thought “Obama was a Muslim?” her answer was…”As far as I know” he is not.
    This was just one of stunts she pulled and there were many.
    As a huge Obama supporter, it would be very hard for me to support Hillary if she indeed will run for the office of the presidency.

  10. Way back when Sen. Joe Biden, given his actions on the **Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas** trial/hearings for sexual harassment, did not fare well with Anita Hill nor many women for that matter. Biden crushed Miss Anita Hill in a BIG way and left Clarence Thomas to glide off merrily on his way.
    I watched that hearing — so very riveting! Biden did not allow other women who were ready to testify against Clarence Thomas speak out at the hearing. Anita Hill was furious about that and rightly so. I think Biden would pay heavily for that price with women voters nowadays if he ran for the office of the presidency. We know how the press is currently manipulating the political scene in favor of the Republicans.

    Aside,I really like Joe Biden. If he did get the nomination,he would get my vote.

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