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Former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sharp words for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, dismissing the president’s “don’t do stupid shit” foreign policy approach for not being “an organizing principle” worthy of “great nations.”
In recent months, “Don’t do stupid shit” has emerged as White House officials’ preferred label for Obama’s foreign policy (which aims to be “interventionist and internationalist, but not isolationist or unilateral,” as one aide told the Los Angeles Times). Clinton, however, believes the approach is not enough.
The Atlantic reports:
At one point, I mentioned the slogan President Obama recently coined to describe his foreign-policy doctrine: “Don’t do stupid shit” (an expression often rendered as “Don’t do stupid stuff” in less-than-private encounters).
This is what Clinton said about Obama’s slogan: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”
She softened the blow by noting that Obama was “trying to communicate to the American people that he’s not going to do something crazy,” but she repeatedly suggested that the U.S. sometimes appears to be withdrawing from the world stage.
Clinton also offered tough criticism of Obama’s role in the Syria conflict.
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