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Thursday, October 27, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) — Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday hit back at comments from Republican Jeb Bush that President Barack Obama’s policies on Iraq created instability that led to the rise of the Islamic State militant group.

Clinton, who served as secretary of state in the Obama administration, directed the blame toward Bush’s brother, former President George W. Bush, who launched the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and also signed the agreement for withdrawing U.S. troops, and former Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

“I find it somewhat curious that Jeb Bush is doubling down on — defending — his brother’s actions in Iraq,” she said at a press conference during a campaign stop at a state fair. “But if he’s going to do that, he should present the entire picture. And the entire picture, as you know, includes the agreement George W. Bush made with the Maliki government in Iraq that set the end of 2011 as the date to withdraw American troops.”

Jeb Bush, a leading contender for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, has said Obama, and by extension Clinton, bungled a chance to leave behind a contingency force of about 10,000 troops when American forces left Iraq in 2011.

Clinton, though, said the Obama administration had worked “to persuade the Maliki government to permit continuing American support for the Iraqi army.”

“Maliki did not want a continuing American presence,” she said.

In the years following the U.S. withdrawal, militants formed the Islamic State, often called “ISIS,” and have waged a violent campaign to take control of major cities in war-ravaged Iraq.

Speaking to reporters at the fair, Clinton gave a glimpse of how she would address the group’s advance if she became president.

“This has to be an Iraqi-led mission,” she said. “I think we have to do more and I hope we will do more to try to get the whole region together to drive ISIS out of the territory that they occupy, to rescue the people they have enslaved, predominantly women.”

(Reporting by Amanda Becker; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Digby Lidstone, Bernard Orr)

Photo: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner in Clear Lake, Iowa, United States, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young  

  • Frank KIng

    The biggest, most egregious disaster in American foreign policy was created by the Bush/Cheney administration when they used lies, deceit and chicanery to start misguided, mismanaged venture into Iraq which led to the deaths of over 4,424 of our fighting men and women, about 319 coalition lives, about 115,000 Iraqi lives, over a million displaced from their homes and squandering treasure that ultimately may reach 6 trillion dollars. All this following the bungled mission into Afghanistan and the failure to capture of kill bin Laden. He has even claimed that is was a “good deal” that we got rid of Saddam Hussein. The Bush administration and the PNAC couldn’t tell the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite and no knowledge of the history/cultures of the Middle East. neither does this Bush. Jeb should stay in Florida and conduct its foreign policy.

  • 1standlastword

    I worded a post months ago when the media announced Jeb as a candidate that he would become the fall-guy for his brother’s Iraq blunder… so let the games begin!

    I’m going to enjoy watching him die a death of a thousand cuts up to the point when his fat head gets lopped off with one last stroke to illustrate a symbolic (albeit too late coming) death of Bushwhacker politics.

    This “liar” is not his own man!!!

    Trying to whitewash the bloodstained legacy of his IDIOT brother’s foreign policy is exactly the same tactic that provoked his brother’s uses of American war machinery and allied support to avenge an alleged Saddam plot to kill his dad:

    It comes down to Bush looking after Bush no matter the cost to the American people or other people of the world.

    There is no difference between one Bush and another Bush so America let’s not get Bushwhacked again….

    How does it go:

    • idamag

      They should start with finding out all they can about Preston Bush who wanted to repeal social security and where he made his millions.

  • Dominick Vila

    The creation of ISIS is the direct result of President George W. Bush’s decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, and replace all Sunni members of the Baathist party with Shias aligned to Iran. When the latter happened, two 2 million Sunnis fled Iraq to save their lives. Those Sunnis, many of whom were trained in U.S. military academies or have experience in governance, are back with a vengeance.
    As oppose to Al Qaeda, another Sunni terrorist group focused on carrying out acts of terrorism against American and European infidels, ISIS is determined in creation an Islamic State with a large territory that extends from the Levant, Lebanon, all the way to Syria, Iraq and territories inhabited by the Kurds.
    Jeb should amplify on his comment and cite which policies did President Obama put in place to facilitate the rise of ISIS. Our withdrawal from Iraq was consistent with what W negotiated with the government of Iraq. Most importantly, is he suggesting that we should have continued to sacrifice American lives to keep our puppets in power and fight ISIS? Is he proposing putting boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria?

    • idamag

      Iraq was stable before the farce to attack a country who wasn’t doing anything to us. Well, yes, they had oil fields and it wasn’t even strange to people that Cheney’s company subsidiaries got no-bid contracts in Iraq.

      • Dominick Vila

        In addition to economic considerations, there were also political considerations. The invasion of Iraq was designed, in part, to project an illusion of retaliation for 9/11 to turn a pathetic President into a war hero to guarantee his re-election, when in reality the country most responsible for that tragedy, Saudi Arabia, the homeland of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi Wahhabi princes that financed Al Qaeda and 9/11, and 17 of the 19 terrorists that carried out the attack were Saudis, got Most Favored Nation status from W, apparently for a job well done…and many Americans swallowed the bait, hook, and sinker!

        • idamag

          I think bush, being a little immature, saw how the gulf war was popular for his daddy and that was also one of the things his handlers used on him.

          • Dominick Vila

            I think that Cheney, Wolfowitz, and the rest of the neocons convinced him that the only way to guarantee his re-election was to create a distraction and pretend he was avenging 9/11.

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  • idamag

    nancy catalano is a scam.