Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is urging a more aggressive approach to fighting Islamic State than President Obama has pursued. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged a more aggressive approach to fighting Islamic State militants than President Barack Obama has pursued, saying an intensified air campaign is needed combined with ground forces. In a speech in New York, Clinton offered her most expansive view to date on how to counter a growing militancy that launched attacks in Paris last Friday in which 129 people died. She said it is time for a "new phase" in the fight against Islamic State: A more effective U.S.-led air campaign that will "have to be combined with ground forces actually taking back more territory." The effort will require an "intelligence surge," she said, involving more Arabic speakers with expertise in the area and technical assets. "Our goal is not to deter or contain ISIS, but to defeat and destroy ISIS," said Clinton, using an acronym to describe Islamic State. Her words amounted to an implicit criticism of Obama, who said days before the Paris attacks that Islamic State had been contained. Clinton said defeating Islamic State will require more ground forces to counter the militants, who have carved out a self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq. She did not say whether this should include more Americans but made clear the bulk of the fight should be done with local forces. The effort, she said, "will require sustained commitment in every pillar of American power."