Clinton: My Syrian Plan Would Have Been More Successful

‘The people who were fighting Assad were business people, students and professionals ... if we had supported these people on the ground, we would have made a difference’

TODD: “You were an advocate, strong advocate than others in the administration of training some rebels to fight Assad and fight ISIS on the ground. We got a report this week that was startling. There are four or five, not 400, or 500, four or five rebels that we have trained with American military help and American [indecipherable] that are still there fighting the fight. This is a failure of policy, isn’t it?”

CLINTON: “Well, it is. When I recommended it, it was several years ago, and I can’t sit here and tell you that if we had done what I and General Petraeus and Secretary Panetta and others had recommended, we would have made more progress on the ground. I obviously thought so at the time because as we look back, the people who were fighting Assad were, you know, they were business people, they were students, they were professionals, who had risen up against his tyrannical rule that had really kept so much of Syria under his thumb. And before him, his father’s thumb. If we had been able to move in to help organize and support those people on the ground, maybe we could have made a difference. Well, we got to deal with where we are right now. It’s obviously now, a different set of circumstances and what the Pentagon has been doing hasn’t worked.”

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