Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton refused to say Thursday that President Obama misjudged the danger posed by ISIS when he called it the “JV team” of Islamic terrorism early last year, explaining that the label made sense “from the perspective of what they had accomplished at the time.”
Clinton spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City on Thursday, laying out her strategy for defeating ISIS and retaking large swathes of Iraq and Syria from the clutches of the deadly terrorist group. Afterward, she participated in a Q & A moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
“I don’t think it’s useful to go back and re-plow old ground,” Clinton said. “I think from the perspective of what they had accomplished at that time, even though they had seized and held territory, the major focus of our government was on trying to remove Assad from power so that there could a be a resolution, a political resolution.”
— Brendan Bordelon is a political reporter for National Review.