Nothing Personal: Hillary Clinton to Obama

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama to clarify that the controversial statement she made in an interview for The Atlantic magazine was not intended to attack him, his politics and his leadership, said her spokesperson Nick Merrill.

Clinton, a likely Democratic contender for the White House in 2016, said in the interview that US choice not to intervene early in Syria’s civil was a ‘failure’.

Clinton, also a former First Lady and Senator from New York, served as Obama's Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. Since then, she has been touring the country, and promoting her memoir Hard Choices.

In the book, she specifically identified Obama's decision not to arm moderate Syrian rebels as a point of contention while she was at the State Department.

During the interview, Clinton suggested that the president’s foreign-policy mantra of ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ lacked sufficient depth.

“Great nations need organising principles. And ‘don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organising principle,” she said in the roughly 8,000-word interview.

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