Clinton Contrasts Foreign Policy Vision from Obama
After working to carry out President Barack Obama's foreign policy mission for four years as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton is contrasting her vision for America's role in the world ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid.
Clinton drew the sharpest distinctions yet from her former boss in a rebuke of his cautious approach to global crises.
"Great nations need organising principles, and 'don't do stupid stuff' is not an organising principle," Clinton said in a weekend magazine interview, referring to a version of the phrase Obama and his advisers have used privately to describe his approach to foreign policy.
Asked for her organising principle, she replied: "Peace, progress, and prosperity. This worked for a very long time."
Clinton wrapped her critiques in expressions of respect for the president and sympathy for the tough global decisions he grapples with from the Oval Office.
Yesterday, a vacation day for Obama, he dealt with issues involving Iraq, Ukraine, Gaza, Syria, as well as terrorism and Ebola in Africa.
"He's thoughtful, he's incredibly smart, and able to analyse a lot of different factors that are all moving at the same time," she said.
"I think he is cautious because he knows what he inherited, both the two wars and the economic front, and he has expended a lot of capital and energy trying to pull us out of the hole we're in."
Coincidentally, Clinton plans to be on Martha's Vineyard tomorrow for a book signing of her memoir at the Bunch of Grapes book store, which Obama often visits while he's in town.
The White House said before the interview was published that Obama would not attend and has no plans to see Clinton while they are both on the island.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Atlantic published on its website, Clinton offered an uncompromising defence of Israel's battle against Hamas in Gaza and argued against Obama's decision not to build up a rebel fighting force to confront Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Clinton previously described her advocacy for the Syrian rebellion in "Hard Choices," her memoir about her time leading the State Department. Obama has said supporting the rebels would not have stopped al-Qaida-inspired groups from rampaging across Syria and inside Iraq today.
The White House declined to respond to Clinton's comments, but said her team gave them a heads up before the interview was published.
FROM OUTLOOKForeign AffairsIndia has to take stock of its diminishing role in institutions like NAM and the UN...more from outlook>>>
FROM THE WEBDiaryThey always sell the Olympics as a symbol of intermore from WEB>>>
FROM WIRESNew Delhi, Feb 16 Britain today suggested that Indmore from WIRES>>>
- Agli Baar, Medal Beshumaar: PM Announces Task Force to Prepare India for Olympics
- France Top Court Suspends Burkini Ban
- Pak Regrets India's Rejection of 'Discuss Kashmir' Proposal
- Scorpene Data Leak Not a Big Worry: Parrikar
- Can't Order Establishment of 'Ram Rajya' in the Country: SC
- Haji Ali Dargah Should Allow Women, Says Bombay HC
- Myntra Says It Wasn't Us But #BoycottMyntra Trends
- Javadekar Becomes Toast Of Twitter On Freedom Fighter Comment
- Manish Sisodia Sacks Hospital Employee For Watching Video While On Duty
- Daily Curator: Vijay Goel's Olympic Entourage Likened to 'Bullies'
- Daily Curator: Expectant Mothers To Now Get More Paid Leave
- The Torrent Phoenix Rises Again
- Whistleblower to Handover Scorpene Data Disk to Aus Govt: Newspaper
- Kanhaiya, Two Others Granted Regular Bail in Sedition Case
- Odisha Govt Admits Lapses, Man Says No Heed Paid by Hospital
- Are Decisions Taken by Cabinet Being Implemented, PM Seeks to Know
- AAP Removes Chhotepur as Punjab Convenor
- Cong Raking Up Needless Controversies for Political Gains: Naidu
- MOST VIEWED
- MOST COMMENTED