[Ed. – Longtime friend Hillary Clinton approved this message.]
There are two ways to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: One is to defeat it militarily — but that will never be sufficient. We and the rest of the civilized world must also win the battle of ideas.
On the military front, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laid out a comprehensive and detailed approach in a speech last week before the Council on Foreign Relations, and she made the international goal clear: “not to deter or contain … but to defeat and destroy ISIS … actually taking back more territory.” She emphasized that the fight must be led by Iraqi Sunnis and Kurds. “If we have learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” she said, “it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities.”
Clinton also supported an intensification of the air campaign by U.S. and international coalition partners, and agreed with President Obama that some U.S. advisers and intelligence resources were needed on the ground. And she declared, “Once and for all, the Saudis, the Qataris and others need to stop their citizens from directly funding extremist organizations.”