Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy Stance A Callback To Husband's Presidency

Hillary Clinton, U.S. President Barack Obama's secretary of state during his first term, has indicated her foreign policy would be more muscular than that of the current administration, and some experts said Clinton's stance most closely resembles that of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

In a move meant to widen the space between herself and a president increasingly billed by critics as having ignored Iraq and Russia until events blew up in his face -- namely, a powerful terrorist force in Iraq and the Ukrainian crisis -- the likely 2016 presidential candidate blasted Obama's foreign policy slogan of "Don't do stupid stuff."

"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff'is not an organizing principle," she told The Atlantic monthly in an interview earlier this week.

Some experts said Clinton will have to dial back such rhetoric somewhat during the primaries.

"This is about posturing for 2016. But (Clinton) has to watch it. The big take here is that she's taking a general election position on foreign policy precisely because she doesn't think she 's going to have a credible challenger in the 2016 presidential primary," Republican Strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

But her rhetoric can only go so far, and if it veers too far away from progressive Democrats' views, she may face a challenge from that wing of the party.

"She's got wiggle room to differentiate herself from Obama, but she can only go so far," O'Connell said.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua 

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