Hillary Clinton made headlines recently when she criticized the Obama administration for its disconnected approach to the ongoing violence against minority populations in Iraq and Syria.
As Islamic State terrorists continue to massacre Kurds and other groups across the region, the likely 2016 presidential contender took a critical position against Obama’s inaction, specifically regarding Syrian rebels who could have helped suppress the uprising at its infancy.
“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad – there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle – the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” she asserted.
Due to her perceived pro-military stance, fellow leftists have now turned on her. MoveOn.org, for example, issued a scathing critique of Clinton’s statement on the site Tuesday.
— MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) August 12, 2014
The disparaging declaration seemed to suggest that the former secretary of state would be unelectable in the Democrat Party due to her belief in shutting down terrorist regimes that threaten the U.S. and it allies.
Ilya Sheyman, the group’s executive director of political action, penned the following statement:
“Secretary Clinton, and any other person thinking about seeking the Democratic nomination in 2016, should think long and hard before embracing the same policies advocated by right-wing war hawks that got America into Iraq in the first place and helped set the stage for Iraq’s troubles today. These hawkish policy stances are also threatening to undermine the peaceful international resolution of Iran’s nuclear program.
“Voters elected President Obama in 2008 to bring the war in Iraq to an end. MoveOn members will continue to stand with elected officials who oppose military escalation that could put us back on a path to endless war.”
While Sheyman contends that Obama was elected to end the Iraq war, which he claimed happened in 2011, the recent violence and subsequent U.S. airstrikes he authorized in Iraq seems to suggest that the troop withdrawal was premature.