Hillary Clinton Likely To Come Out Tough On Foreign Policy In 2016 Elections

Despite recent statements that are softer than usual, Hillary Clinton -- always seen on the hawkish side of the Democratic Party -- is expected to come out strong on foreign policy once her campaign for the presidency gets fully underway.

At a recent foreign policy conference, the former U.S. secretary of state, who is widely predicted to be Democrats' nominee for presidential candidate in 2016, threw a bone to her liberal base, saying the U.S. should show "respect even for one's enemies, trying to understand and, insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view."

That led critics to upbraid the likely candidate as living on another planet and showing blatant naivete in the face of enemies spurred on by radical Islamist ideology.

But Clinton's lighter approach may not last long, as foreign policy will stand at the forefront of candidates' issues once the campaign season gets into full swing.

"I think her problem thus far is that she has not figured out how to really crystallize the vision not only for domestic policy, but for foreign policy as well," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

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