Clinton: I Wanted to Arm Syrian Rebels
Poll gives mixed numbers on possible presidential run
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 18, 2014 12:07 PM CDT
Updated Jun 18, 2014 12:24 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton participates in a conversation about her career in government and her new book, "Hard Choices.," at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Clinton says...   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – If Hillary Clinton had had her way, the US would have armed Syrian rebels "two-plus years ago," she says. The former secretary of state told CNN that she, the defense secretary, and the head of the CIA sought to arm moderates, but the president disagreed. "We pushed very hard. But as I say in my book, I believe that Harry Truman was right, the buck stops with the president." Would that have affected the current crisis in Iraq? "It's very difficult, in retrospect, to say that would have prevented this," she noted, per Reuters.

As for 2016, Clinton said she wouldn't be "rushed" on deciding whether to run. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll notes that 55% of voters see her as "knowledgeable and experienced enough to handle the presidency." But while 38% think she's "honest and straightforward," 40% disagree with that statement. Still, says a pollster: "Never underestimate how incredibly powerful it is to say you’re knowledgeable and experienced enough to handle the presidency. To start a race with that is an extraordinary compliment."

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Clinton: I Wanted to Arm Syrian Rebels is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 70 comments
Jun 20, 2014 11:11 AM CDT
Considering that if the Syrian rebels were armed some 2 years ago; now in addition to the weapons they already have - they would have had a head start with the American weapons she would have given them. I like Hillary, but like most other politicians she won't stay out of another countries business. Elizabeth Warren, please run!
Jun 19, 2014 11:40 PM CDT
THIS is the monster who wants to be our President? She wants to give weapons to people who have no problem with this?: and this: not to mention this: And WHY is this powerhungry old witch pretending she hasn't yet decided if she wants to run for President in 2016? That's the biggest load of bullcrap ever!
Bo Honk
Jun 19, 2014 9:52 AM CDT
Who gives a crap what that proven liar has to say?