Clinton on Nice: We Need To Launch An "Intelligence Surge" In War Against "Radical Jihadist Groups"


Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton spoke to Bill O'Reilly on tonight's edition of The O'Reilly Factor about the terror attack in Nice, France. O'Reilly proposed President Obama to hold a summit with all Western nations to address the proliferation of radical Islam and how to stop it. Clinton said that would not be effective.

Clinton said we have to do more to understand this is a war against "radical jihadist groups."

"President Obama has to call a summit meeting of all the western countries, and ISIS has to be the focal point, and we all have to join together. Number two, we have to make a statement. The statement would be we know they're in Raqqah. We know this is their headquarters, and that headquarters is 35 miles away from the Turkish border, a NATO alley. We're going to come in, and that's not going to be their headquarters anymore. That's what I would do," O'Reilly told the former Secretary of State.

"That is, in my view, not the most effective way," Clinton responded. "What is happening now is we are taking territory back in Iraq. We are squeezing them with consistent air attacks. We have killed a number of their leaders. Assuming we are successful and American military leadership is in the hunt on this in Mosul, we are pushing the Turks -- they have moved far more than they had and, in fact, probably the attack at the Istanbul airport was because the Turks are really cracking down."

While she said she would have no problem with having a summit, Clinton said putting together "a much more effective coalition" with NATO allies and friendly countries in the Middle East would be more helpful.

"We are putting together a much more effective coalition," Clinton said Thursday on FOX News. "I would intensify those efforts. I have no problem with having a summit. I would include, however, not only NATO allies. We've got great allies in the region who are holding the lines for us, places like Jordan, like Israel. Others who are really on the front lines themselves."

Clinton proposed an "intelligence surge" as one way to fight the radical jihadists.

"One of my priorities is to launch an intelligence surge," Clinton told O'Reilly. "We still do not have enough intelligence cooperation between our agencies in other countries, including in Europe, and we need to have a focal point."

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