With Hillary Clinton set to announce within weeks whether she will enter the presidential race, her aides are highlighting her strong leadership style compared to the indecisive ways of President Barack Obama, The Hill
While Obama is due to talk to the nation tonight on prime-time TV about what military action the U.S. may take against the Islamic State (ISIS), Clinton’s aides say she would have been much bolder and more assertive in taking on the terror group.
“You never want to be a Monday morning quarterback on these issues because who knows how things would ultimately turn out, but Obama has been passive on these issues,” a former aide to Clinton told The Hill. “She would have taken a more aggressive approach.
“Clinton has made it very clear, not only in her book, that she thought the administration needed to be involved in creating a legitimate force in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad.”
The former aide was referring to Clinton’s book “Hard Choices,” in which she said that while she was secretary of state under Obama she felt that the United States should support the rebels in Syria, while the president took his time before eventually deciding to stay out of the conflict, The Hill said.
By not supporting the rebel fighters, Obama has been criticized for creating a vacuum in Syria that was filled by ISIS. The former first lady said in a recent interview
that the Obama administration’s decision to stand on the sidelines in Syria was a “failure.”
Her statement, which she made before Obama finally ordered air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, was seen as a calculated move to show a rift between her position in the Middle East and the foreign policy decisions and statements made by Obama.
The president recently angered Republicans when he admitted that the White House does not yet have a strategy on how to handle the ISIS crisis in Syria.
Another former aide also attacked Obama’s thoughtful and passive style on foreign policy while trumpeting Hillary’s more positive and immediate approach to problems, according to The Hill.
“It’s the very notion of decisiveness,” the ex-aide told the political news website. “She’s not gnashing her teeth the way we’re seeing time and time again with Obama.”
The president has even come under fire from politicians within the Democratic Party for his deliberative style.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein said last month, "I've learned one thing about this president, and that is he's very cautious.”
She added that he was “too cautious” in his recent remarks about the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley
by Islamic State terrorists.
Calling Clinton an “interventionist,” a former senior administration official gave a backhanded compliment to the former secretary of state.
“Would she be quicker than Obama to order kinetic military action? Yes,” the ex-official said. “It is reasonable to assume she would be more action-oriented than Obama. And he’s more process oriented.
“Her tendencies are more bellicose than the president. She is a decisive person. She doesn’t speak with a whole lot of semicolons and commas.”
But another former senior administration official defended Obama’s approach to The Hill, declaring that the president was “doing the best he can under trying circumstances.”
“Clinton and Obama do have very different styles, but I think they’re more alike than different,” the ex-official said.
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