The frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination Hillary Clinton has called on Thursday for a more intensified take on the Islamic State extremists, even though she said she is fine with the current foreign policy set by President Barack Obama.
Clinton made a speech in front of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City where she laid out her perspective on how respond to the extremism that is in a constant expansion, not only in the Middle East, but it includes the most recent terrorists attacks by ISIS in Paris, where the extremists killed 129 people and wounded hundreds others.
According to Reuters, she acknowledged that President Obama should take a stronger stance in the Middle East and said “Our goal is not to deter or contain ISIS, but to defeat and destroy ISIS.
Clinton is considered the most hawkish candidate in the 2016 Elections race and has stated that the United States should enter a “new phase” in countering ISIS. However, she agreed with Obama on not deploying more boots on the ground in the conflict zones.
According to Reuters, she said “Like President Obama, I do not believe that we should again have 100,000 American troops in combat in the Middle East, that is just not the smart move to make here.” She added “We should be sending more special operators, we should be empowering our trainers in Iraq, we should be … leading an air coalition, using both fighter planes and drones.”
Her plan is to increase the air strikes with more special forces for targeting, as well as training and equipping local insurgent forces that will be combat-ready to reclaim the lost territories that are now under the control of the Islamic caliphate of Syria and Iraq.
Clinton’s stance comes a day after Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that the United States should immediately deploy more ground troops in Iraq. He was joined by other Republicans in the criticism of Obama in order to undermine his capability of taking control of the region. Currently, there are 3,400 troops in Iraq and there will be 50 additional special operations forces.
Other Democrat Presidential hopefuls are joining the Party’s stance of not sending more Americans in the conflict zone. According to Reuters, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont while speaking at Georgetown University said “I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will never send our sons and daughters to war under false pretense or pretenses or into dubious battles with no end in sight.”
Clinton also called for the help of the American private industry, especially Silicon Valley companies that should not think of the American government as an enemy and instead as an ally in countering propaganda activities of the Islamic State.
She remarked on the proposals to have a more tightened screening process of Syrian refugees that come into the United States and said “We cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values and our humanitarian obligations.” She was joined in the remarks by Vice President Joe Biden who said on Saturday that the Islamic State is a “gang of thugs peddling a warped ideology” and that with abandoning the refugees Americans would “play right into the terrorists’ hands.”
He also said “We win by prioritizing our security as we’ve been doing, refusing to compromise our fundamental American values: freedom, openness, tolerance.”