Hillary Clinton embarrasses herself on national security strategy

Hillary Clinton’s “smart power” is anything but. Most recently, per a Reuter’s report, she announced that she would not send U.S. combat troops to fight ISIS, going so far as to say she could not “conceive of any circumstances” that would compel her to commit ground forces. And then she outdid herself by stating that if we sent troops, it would only serve to give ISIS a recruitment tool.

Clinton embarrasses herself on at least three grounds with this announcement.

First of all, her declaration roughly coincides with the testimony of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter before the House Armed Services Committee in which he announced that the US will be ending roughly 200 more Special Forces round troops to Iraq:

Carter told the House Armed Services Committee today that "we're deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure on ISIL." (snip)

A U.S. official told ABC News that initial planning for the new special operations task called for roughly 200 personnel in Iraq. The official also said it was unclear if that number of personnel would fall under the current authorized cap of 3,550 U.S. troops in Iraq or might lead the White House to authorize a larger number of troops to serve in a training and advise and assist role in Iraq.

General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee today any military recommendations in the war on ISIS are not limited by that troop cap.

"I can assure you that I don't feel at all inhibited about making recommendations that would cause us to grow greater than 3,500, or would I were to believe that would help us to defeat ISIL,” Dunford said.

Second and more broadly, while it is reasonable for presidential candidates to explain their views of national security, it is foolish to telegraph specifics. Why tell the enemy ahead of time what you would or would not do? I’m not arguing for or against the idea of sending troops to fight ISIS, but am simply making the point that it is idiotic to give away one’s hand when it comes to something as critical as national security.

Third, by saying that sending troops would be a recruitment tool for ISIS, Clinton does what she does best. Lie. The left has a litany of things they link to ISIS recruitment. All falsely. Would that someone with access to the bullhorn would state the simple truth. ISIS is recruiting jihadists based on one thing and one thing only, and that is the teachings of the Quran.

We need to move forward to combat Islamic supremacism in all its ugly forms every moment of every day and stop this nonsense about how certain actions on our part will help ISIS recruit more jihadists.

Clinton has no business being anywhere near a place of power, no less the White House. She is a menace. And we must beat her in 2016. And if we can beat her by a large margin, so much the better. Let’s get about the business of doing so. Support your candidate of choice as if your life depended on it. Because it does.

Hillary Clinton’s “smart power” is anything but. Most recently, per a Reuter’s report, she announced that she would not send U.S. combat troops to fight ISIS, going so far as to say she could not “conceive of any circumstances” that would compel her to commit ground forces. And then she outdid herself by stating that if we sent troops, it would only serve to give ISIS a recruitment tool.

Clinton embarrasses herself on at least three grounds with this announcement.

First of all, her declaration roughly coincides with the testimony of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter before the House Armed Services Committee in which he announced that the US will be ending roughly 200 more Special Forces round troops to Iraq:

Carter told the House Armed Services Committee today that "we're deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to assist Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces and to put even more pressure on ISIL." (snip)

A U.S. official told ABC News that initial planning for the new special operations task called for roughly 200 personnel in Iraq. The official also said it was unclear if that number of personnel would fall under the current authorized cap of 3,550 U.S. troops in Iraq or might lead the White House to authorize a larger number of troops to serve in a training and advise and assist role in Iraq.

General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee today any military recommendations in the war on ISIS are not limited by that troop cap.

"I can assure you that I don't feel at all inhibited about making recommendations that would cause us to grow greater than 3,500, or would I were to believe that would help us to defeat ISIL,” Dunford said.

Second and more broadly, while it is reasonable for presidential candidates to explain their views of national security, it is foolish to telegraph specifics. Why tell the enemy ahead of time what you would or would not do? I’m not arguing for or against the idea of sending troops to fight ISIS, but am simply making the point that it is idiotic to give away one’s hand when it comes to something as critical as national security.

Third, by saying that sending troops would be a recruitment tool for ISIS, Clinton does what she does best. Lie. The left has a litany of things they link to ISIS recruitment. All falsely. Would that someone with access to the bullhorn would state the simple truth. ISIS is recruiting jihadists based on one thing and one thing only, and that is the teachings of the Quran.

We need to move forward to combat Islamic supremacism in all its ugly forms every moment of every day and stop this nonsense about how certain actions on our part will help ISIS recruit more jihadists.

Clinton has no business being anywhere near a place of power, no less the White House. She is a menace. And we must beat her in 2016. And if we can beat her by a large margin, so much the better. Let’s get about the business of doing so. Support your candidate of choice as if your life depended on it. Because it does.