Obama challenges Clinton, other 2016 candidates on Syria

Sanders raised about $26 million for his presidential campaign in the past three months, his campaign said Wednesday, almost matching the $28 million take of Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. He said their ideas tend to be “half-baked” and “a bunch of mumbo jumbo”.


Kasich, who is running for president, also reiterated his call for the United States to be part of a regional coalition of ground troops – from Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the Arab League and Jordan – to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda both in Syria and Iraq.

But the White House has continued to resist the appeals.

In this September 28, 2015 photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen.

At issue is whether the USA wants to risk the possibility of escalating a military conflict with the Syrian government and even, in the case of a misfire, with Russian Federation.

“I personally would be advocating now for a no-fly zone and humanitarian corridors to try to stop the carnage on the ground and from the air”, Clinton said in an interview with WHDH-TV in Boston.

In his Friday press conference, Obama sought to paper over the differences with his former secretary of state and possible successor, massaging fault lines wherever possible.

“Russia’s recent military build-up and intervention in Syria are neither meant to defeat ISIS nor to relieve the suffering of Syrian refugees”, the Ohio governor said in a statement.

The Obama administration has sidestepped calls for a no-fly zone – airspace one side designates as forbidden to another side, potentially with the threat that unauthorized aircraft will be shot down – in Syria, citing concerns about how it would be enforced. “This is not a contest between the U.S. and Russian Federation”, he said.

In August, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, a key ally of the its fight against the Islamic State group, said that a no-fly zone over northern Syria was urgently needed.


“Mr. Putin had to go into Syria not out of strength but out of weakness, because his client, Mr. Assad, was crumbling”, the president said.

Scott Olson