Carly Fiorina Reminds America that Hillary Clinton Owns our Failures in Iraq

Carly Fiorina continued her onslaught against Hillary Clinton when she appeared on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday. Fiorina has been tireless in her efforts to paint Hillary Clinton as a continuation of the failed policies and plans of the Obama administration. Fiorina has announced her plans to run for the GOP nomination for President in 2016 and has made herself into a serious candidate by focusing on Hillary Clinton and not turning on her GOP cohorts. In the conversation with Andrea Mitchell, she laid out her argument against Hillary Clinton’s ability to be President by arguing that she played a large part in the failure of American policies in the Middle East.

It’s also true that as Secretary of State she took women’s rights and human rights off the table for discussion with China. It’s also true as Secretary of State she called Bashar al Assad a positive reformer. When as Secretary of State in 2012 she said Iraq was a free, stable, sovereign nation. 

Now we have a nation falling apart, Iranian influence growing, ISIS growing. It’s true that she said she could ‘reset’ our relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin is on the march. I think all of those things I just named go fundamentally to what is her track record. 

 

 

CARLY FIORINA: Yes, she said many wonderful things at the Beijing women’s conference conference. She has without a doubt been a role model and a woman to be greatly admired by many women around the world. 

It’s also true that as Secretary of State she took women’s rights and human rights off the table for discussion with China. It’s also true as Secretary of State she called Bashar al Assad a positive reformer. When as Secretary of State in 2012 she said Iraq was a free, stable, sovereign nation. 

Now we have a nation falling apart, Iranian influence growing, ISIS growing. It’s true that she said she could ‘reset’ our relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin is on the march. I think all of those things I just named go fundamentally to what is her track record. 

ANDREA MITCHELL: You could also argue that a lot of Republicans in the White House and in Congress supported those policies.

Fiorina CARLY FIORINA: Absolutely, that’s right. Every Republican candidate has been asked about their vote for the war in Iraq. The one person who’s not been asked because she won’t answer the question is Hillary Clinton. One person who was on the job in 2011 when Iraq started to fall apart was not the Republican nominees or — candidates for president, it’s Hillary Clinton. She hasn’t been asked yet. What would she do now in Iraq? 

I would do very specific things. First, instead of having a Camp David conference to talk our Arab allies into a bad deal with Iran, I would have had a Camp David conference to talk with our Arab allies about how we can support them to fight ISIS. 

Let me give you very specific examples. The Kurds have been asking us to arm them for three years, we still have not. The Jordanians have been asking us to provide them with bombs and materiel. We know King Abdullah of Jordan, I’ve known him for many years. He took the appropriate leadership steps when a Jordanian pilot was burned alive. 

He was here in this country asking us for bombs and materiel, we haven’t provided him with any of them. He’s now looking to China for that. 

The Egyptian president, a very brave and pious Muslim, who has said there is a cancer in the heart of Islam, has asked us to share intelligence. We are not. The Turks have asked us to help them topple Bashar al-Assad, we are not. There are a whole set of things that we’ve been asked to do by our allies who know this is their fight, and we’re not doing any of them.