After a weekend’s worth of Republicans daring any and all potential 2016 Democratic candidates to take a stand on Syria, Hillary Clinton has spoken up. “Secretary Clinton supports the President’s effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime’s horrific use of chemical weapons,” an aide told Politico this evening. Previously, Team Clinton veteran Paul Begala said, “We can only have one Secretary of State at a time, and I don’t think folks should attack her for letting Secretary Kerry lead the department he now runs.” But they’re on the same side after all.
“You cannot even attempt a political solution if you don’t have a recognized force to counter the Assad regime,” Clinton said as secretary of State, backing Obama’s “red line” on chemical weapons. “We have been very productive players in trying to deal with an extremely complex problem.”
Asked about her “lasting regret” in the job, she said later, “When you do these jobs, you have to understand at the very beginning that you can’t control everything. There are terrible situations right now being played out in the Congo, Syria, where we all wish that there were clear paths that we could follow together in the international community to try to resolve.”