Hillary Clinton held a press conference Monday to address the terrorist attacks in Minnesota, New Jersey and New York over the weekend, touting her own supposed anti-terrorist credentials.
But Clinton’s record is one that has inadvertently enabled and encouraged Islamic terrorism time and again.
Here are a few examples.
She supported the Iraq War: In 2003, Hillary voted for the Iraq War. Hillary has since called the war “a mistake” but she has given no indication that she has necessarily learned any lessons from it. More than a few former military officers and high-ranking officials have attributed the rise of the Islamic State to the Iraq War. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has also admitted that the war and its aftermath helped create ISIS.
She supported the War in Libya: Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was one of the leading proponents of U.S. military action against the Libyan government in 2011. Among the Libyan rebels Hillary supported were fighters with links to Al-Qaeda. After the rebels won, Benghazi became an epicenter of a gun running ring that sent weapons to Syrian rebels. ISIS has even taken control of parts of Libya.
She supports continued U.S. military action in Syria: Hillary has been a supporter of military action to force Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power. The rebels opposing him have ties to both al-Qaeda and ISIS. The U.S. has been shipping weapons to the Syrian rebels since 2012 and many of those weapons have fallen into the hands of extremist groups. Other U.S. provided weapons have ended up on the black market. The most powerful Syrian rebel faction is al-Qaeda’s former Syria franchise. There are no good guys fighting in Syria and it would be insane to support one faction over the other in that war.
She supports the drone war. As Secretary of State, Hillary objected to fewer than 1 percent of drone strikes. The drone strikes are intended to kill terrorist leaders, but over 90 percent of those killed are innocent civilians. There is growing evidence that the drone war is an ineffective tool to combat terrorism. Finally, the drone war is unpopular outside of the United States. The drones have weakened America’s standing in the world and frankly aren’t all that effective. That’s helpful to Islamic terrorists.
Clinton claims to be a leader in the war on terror. She’s also, however unintentionally, been part of some of the key decisions since 9/11 that have only inflated terrorists’ numbers and power.