Dick Morris: Hillary Trying to Move Right of Obama

Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 12:32 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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In her lead-up to announcing her candidacy for president in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to break right of President Barack Obama on foreign policy, which former President Bill Clinton's adviser Dick Morris tells Newsmax TV will be "politically a very difficult task."

"On the one hand, she wants to run on her record at the State Department because she doesn’t' really have any other record," Morris said during an appearance on "America’s Forum." "Her record in the Senate was minimal, nothing major, and in the White House she was there for eight years, but as my wife famously said, so is the pastry chef. On the other hand, while she's trying to run on her record in the State Department, she's trying to run away from it by distancing herself from Obama's foreign policy as it crashes and burns for us all to see."

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He said Hillary Clinton is attempting to "adopt a more bellicose position," a move that could spur a fellow Democrat to challenge her in the primary.

"Just because there's no candidate out there now doesn't mean that politics will tolerate such a vacuum," Morris said, noting that Obama challenged Clinton in the 2008 presidential election over her support for the Iraq war.

"That triggered a primary challenge, and this might well do so, as well," he added.

Hillary Clinton told The Atlantic recently that "Obama's refusal to build up a credible fighting force" has created desirable conditions for jihadists in Iraq.

Hillary Clinton also has a bevy of vulnerabilities when it comes to waging a war on jihadism, according to Morris, including her chief assistant Huma Abedin’s "links to the Muslim Brotherhood," along with other "longtime" Clinton Foundation employees, he said.

"Bill has given paid speeches for the government of Qatar, which is sponsoring Hamas, for Saudi Arabia, for all of the nations that are funding terrorism, and Hillary's distancing herself from jihad and saying this should be the organizing principle of our foreign policy or implying that is really going to have a lot of accusations blowing back at her," Morris said.

Bill Clinton’s foreign policy should have been a blueprint for Obama, according to Morris, who said that had Obama adopted a more Clinton-like foreign policy strategy in the Middle East, perhaps the world could have avoided the cataclysmic disaster occurring there.

"Just like we did in Bosnia, where Bill Clinton had the Serbs, the Bosnians, and the Croatians in a three-way government, and the idea was that with all three equal nobody was resentful," he said. "The war that cost almost 500,000 casualties didn't renew and after 10 years or so they wanted to get into the European Union.

"The Europeans said we can't do three governments, and they said, oh scrap it, let's just have one government, and they've been getting along fine. We should have insisted on that solution for Iraq before we dropped those two 500-pound bombs. Obama's only leverage here is military intervention, and as long as he surrendered that, played that card, he's not going to be able to hold back and demand real concessions."

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