Democratic frontrunner for Hillary Clinton, who most recently served as Secretary of State under President Obama, has said that the US should not lead the fight against the so-called Islamic State, known as ISIL.
However, she argued that military action "must be used as a last resort."
"It cannot be an American fight… we will support those who will take the fight to [ISIL]," she said.
Asked if she underestimated ISIS's rise, Hillary Clinton blames George W. Bush.— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) November 15, 2015
When she was pressed to answer the question, Clinton said that the Iraqi army “was prepared to defend Iraq” when the Obama administration left. She put the blame on premier Nouri al-Maliki who she says decimated the army. It was only after then that ISIL came onto the scene.
"I don’t think that the United States has the bulk of the responsibility. I really put that on Assad, and on Maliki, and on the region itself," she said.
We are now bombing ISIS in Libya, the crown jewel of former SecState Clinton's achievements.— Laura Walker (@LauraWalkerKC) November 14, 2015
Martin O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland countered Clinton, calling ISIL "evil," adding that it's the America's "role in the world is to confront evil when it arises."
"This actually is America’s fight," he said. "We must rise to this occasion."