The frontrunner for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination for 2016 Elections, Hillary Clinton on Saturday attacked Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush regarding his accusations that hers and the policies of President Barack Obama led to the rise of Islamic State.
The former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator of New York, Clinton addressed the statements made by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush that she and Obama were responsible for the continuing war in Iraq and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
She deflected the blame stating that it was his brother, former President George W. Bush who invaded Iraq in 2003 in the first place and later signed the agreement to withdraw the troops along with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
According to Reuters, Clinton had a campaign stop at a state fair in Iowa and held a press conference. She stated “I find it somewhat curious that Jeb Bush is doubling down on – defending – his brother’s actions in Iraq. 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.”
Bush attacked Clinton and Obama for a missed opportunity to expand the military troops in Iraq or leave 10,000 troops after the forces left Iraq in 2011. According to Reuters, Clinton during her tenure at the State Department and as a chief U.S. diplomat worked “to persuade the Maliki government to permit continuing American support for the Iraqi army.” She added “Maliki did not want a continuing American presence.”
After the withdrawal of American troops in 2011, the militarists in the region formed ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and started “reclaiming” territories in the region using violence and terror on civilian population and a campaign against the United States.
Besides giving a history lesson to Bush, Clinton set an agenda for handling the Middle Eastern situation with ISIS if she is elected President. According to Reuters, while speaking with reporters she said “This has to be an Iraqi-led mission. 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.”
Hillary Clinton speaking at the Iowa State Fair said that she and her policies are very committed to supporting regional efforts for taking down the Islamic State and drive them out of the territory they occupy.