Hillary memoir extract fuels White House rumours
Hillary Clinton distances herself from Obama, saying she favoured intervention in Syria
Advance extracts of Hillary Clinton’s long-awaited memoir have fuelled speculation that she is to make a second bid for the White House.
In Hard Choices, which is officially published next week, Clinton distances herself from President Barack Obama on his approach to Syria and negotiations with the Taliban.
On Syria, she claims that she favoured intervention and the arming of moderate rebels, but was rebuffed by Obama when they discussed the issue. "No one likes to lose a debate, including me,’ she writes. "But this was the President's call and I respected his deliberations and decision."
She also weighs in on the controversial negotiations with the Taliban, which led to the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. "I acknowledged, as I had many times before, that opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be hard to swallow for many Americans after so many years of war," she writes.
The distance she cultivates from Obama in these passages will boost rumours that she is planning to make a second run for the White House.
CBS also reports that the book features passages aimed at softening her reputation in the eyes of the US electorate. However, in the only direct reference to the question of a future presidential bid, she writes: “Will I run for president in 2016? The answer is I haven't decided yet.”
Hard Choices will be officially released next Tuesday, together with television network interviews and a nationwide book tour by its author.