The frontrunner for the Democrat Presidential nomination Hillary Clinton said that the United States should not deploy boots on the ground in the Middle East to fight against the Islamic State, because that would only give the extremist organization a tool to recruit and boost its ranks.
Clinton made her first TV appearance after the Paris terrorist attacks and said that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East will be continued if she wins the 2016 Elections and said that she will defeat the extremist organization Islamic State, also known as ISIS and pledged to get Russia involved in the process.
According to Reuters, while being on CBS News on Thursday she stated “In terms of thousands of combat troops, like some on the Republican side are recommending, I think that should be a non-starter. I don’t think it’s the smartest way to go after ISIS. I think it gives ISIS a new recruitment tool.”
She said that she is not able to “conceive of any circumstances” in which she would be required to deploy American troops in the Middle East if she were elected Commander in Chief, but also said that it is unclear what other special operations and trainers were needed.
The Former Secretary of State said that in order for the Islamic State to be defeated, the United States and its allies must fight the extremists in all kinds of way. According to Reuters, she said “You have to fight them in the air, you have to fight them on the ground and you have to fight them in cyberspace.”
Clinton also took the chance to speak about the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been involved in a four year long civil because of his totalitarian regime. Clinton said “we need to get over the false choice” between fighting the Islamic State and fighting Assad.
According to Reuters, she stated “Right now, we are not going to see a military defeat of Assad. That’s not going to happen now.” The United States has been calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop attacking Syrian moderates who are against Assad’s regime and contribute in the fight against ISIS. Clinton also said that she would pursue a more active role for Russia in the Middle Eastern conflict.
She is in favor of the no-fly zone in northern Syria and said that she would like to inform Russia about the area that was covered by the zone.