Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for more airstrikes, more allied planes and a broader target to combat the radical militant group Islamic State. However, she did not mention any large-scale ground troops mobilization for the U.S.
Clinton called on the U.S. Congress to approve another authorization of military force against ISIS, saying that it would signal the U.S. was committed to fighting the terrorist group.
Following the Paris attacks, for which the militant group claimed responsibility, Clinton said every society faces two choices – fear and resolve – which is indirectly a shot at her foes in the Republican Party who have called for the U.S. to shut out refugees from Syria.
She said that airstrikes by an anti-ISIS international coalition would have to be combined with the ground forces of the local military taking back territory that ISIS had originally taken from them.
She called for additional flexibility for the Special Operations forces as well as trainers from the U.S. to work with the regional forces especially the Kurds and Sunnis, in opposing ISIS.
Clinton said she was open to sending more than the 50 forces that President Obama has mobilized. However, she opposes a new ground war by the U.S. in the region.
She did not give any details of her plans if the regional powers were to fail in supplying additional troops as well as arms to fight.
Instead, Clinton ramped up the pressure on the governments of Iraq and of Turkey to put aside their old grievances by saying that there was not time to wait on this ISIS threat.
Clinton added that Saudi Arabia and Qatar needed to stop their own citizens from making direct funding to the extremist group.
She also acknowledged that at this point the ouster of Bashar al-Assad the Syrian President is not the top priority.
First she said we must turn against an enemy that is common to all involved – ISIS.
In a big break from her presidential rivals with the GOP, Clinton called for the U.S. to continue accepting refugees from Syria. She said that turning orphans away, applying a religious litmus test, slamming our doors on all Syrian refugees and discriminating in general against Muslims was not who Americans are.