In a speech on Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations, Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, urged and called on the Congress to approve a new military action against ISIS. Hillary Clinton has designed an assertive and dynamic strategic plan in order to contain ISIS and violence in Iraq as well as Syria.
“When the United States was hit on 9/11, our allies treated that attack against one as an attack against all. Now, it’s our turn to stand in solidarity with France and all of our friends. We cherish the same values. We face the same adversaries. We must share the same determination. Ms. Clinton said. After a major terrorist attack, every society faces a choice between fear and resolve. “The world’s great democracies can’t sacrifice our values or turn our backs on those in need. Therefore, we must choose resolve. And we must lead the world to meet this threat.” Ms. Clinton added.
Hillary Clinton called for measures to intensify the U.S attacks on terror groups by initiating an “intelligence surge”, positioning more special operations forces to Iraq and Syria, directly arming Kurd and Sunni fighters and introducing a Syrian no-fly zone to secure and fasten U.S efforts at peace talks. She highlighted and outlined how she would like the U.S to guide and lead international reaction in response to the Syrian refugee crisis by calling for a balance of a strictly monitored security and a global donor conference.
“We should be honest about the fact that to be successful, airstrikes will have to be combined with ground forces actually taking back more territory from ISIS,” Clinton said. “If we have learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute for them.”
Ms. Clinton underlined how important it was to carry out continuous surveillance in screening possible immigrants for Syria. “We cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values and our humanitarian obligations—turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every Syrian refugee—that is just not who we are. We are better than that.” Said Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton defined and explained a three-part plan in order to vanquish ISIS, distort and tear down the networks that finance terrorism, and to strengthen U.S., European, and allied defenses against external and homegrown threats. Clinton also pointed out the urgent need for boosting in U.S. intelligence, but did not state any budget or personnel requests. “A key obstacle standing in the way is a shortage of good intelligence about ISIS and its operations, so we need an immediate intelligence surge in the region, including technical assets, Arabic speakers with deep expertise in the Middle East and even closer partnership with regional intelligence services,” she said.
“It’s time to begin a new phase and intensify and broaden our efforts to smash the would-be caliphate and deny ISIS control of territory in Iraq and Syria. That starts with a more effective coalition air campaign, with more allied planes, more strikes and a broader target set,” Ms. Clinton added.