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August 11th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Hillary Clinton calls Obama's policy in Syria a 'failure'

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, now seems to be putting some healthy political distance between herself and the administration she served. She weighed in on the current crisis in Iraq, tying it to President Obama's policy in Syria, in an interview with The Atlantic.

“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad — there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle — the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,” Clinton told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.

"It's a failure to analyze the situation, a failure – I think this was what she means – a failure to make your Iraq decisions and your Syria decisions based on the facts on the ground, rather than the promise you made, the popular promise ... you made even as a candidate for president to withdraw from Iraq and not get engaged in nasty middle east civil wars," Goldberg said.

For more of our interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, check out the video above.

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