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Fmr. Clinton administration official: Obama's attempting risk-free initiatives, none exist

(CNN) – Foreign Policy recently published a scathing critique of the Obama administration's handling of the ISIS threat.

"There are no risk-free initiatives. Indeed, if this recent period of flying without a flight plan reveals anything, it is that the search for risk-free options may be among the most dangerous paths to choose of all," the magazine's CEO and editor David Rothkopf wrote.

The U.S. should have a comprehensive strategy to go after ISIS, and should be executing it, and not just focused on protecting Americans in northern Iraq - this should be a bigger campaign, according to Rothkopf, who is also a former Clinton administration official.

There is an opportunity to work with several countries that are frightened or concerned by ISIS – from traditional Gulf allies, to Israel, China, and even Russia, says Rothkopf.

"This is a moment where the White House can step up, put together a coalition, can use force where force is necessary, but also move forward to creating political alternatives to these groups which is just as important," he said.

For more of our interview with Foreign Policy's David Rothkopf, check out the video above.

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