Hillary Clinton told a group in New York City today that the United States should attack Assad’s air-force in Syria. Hillary broke from from most Democrats during the election by calling for the removal of Assad, and drew criticisms from both sides of the aisle for her aggressive approach to Syria.
“Assad has an air force, and that air force is the cause of most of these civilian deaths as we have seen over the years and as we saw again in the last few days…I really believe that we should have and still should take out his air fields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.”
For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past six months, Hillary is not the President of the United States, and her opinion does not matter. Quite frankly, the only thing newsworthy about this story is the mainstream media’s aggressiveness to make it a story. A failed Presidential candidate shouldn’t be playing armchair quarterback less than 6 months after losing the election, and the media certainly shouldn’t be pretending it’s front page news. We should probably be more concerned with what the actual President has to say about the issue.
Hillary seems to consistently oversimplify the situation in Syria. As my colleague Steve Berman pointed out earlier today, there are no simple solutions. Right now Russia is strongly supporting the Assad regime, and any strike on Assad’s forces would likely provoke a counteraction by Russia. There are massive geopolitical ramifications no matter what happens, let’s stop pretending there are easy options. I would expect this type of armchair quarterbacking from Twitter, not a former Secretary of State.