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Hillary has different take on Obama's foreign policies in 'Atlantic' interview

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CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports on new comments from Hillary Clinton on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. (Source: CNN) CNN’s Brianna Keilar reports on new comments from Hillary Clinton on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – A new development in the Obama-Clinton relationship – Hillary Clinton called a key part of the president's foreign police in Syria a failure that has contributed to the current crisis in Iraq.

In an interview with The Atlantic, Clinton says: "The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad-there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle-the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled."

It's by far Clinton's biggest critique yet of the president she served as Secretary of State.

In her memoir about her time in the Obama administration. Clinton details her disagreement with President Obama, who decided not to arm rebels in the 3-year-old conflict until only recently.

In June, Clinton told CNN that it was too soon to judge if equipping moderate Syrian rebels would have prevented a protracted Civil War.

"It's very difficult, in retrospect, to say that would have prevented this," Clinton said in June.

Not so difficult anymore, it appears.

Asked by The Atlantic about President Obama's self-described foreign policy doctrine of “don't do stupid stuff,” Clinton said: “Great nations need organizing principles, and "Don't do stupid stuff" is not an organizing principle.”

As she weighs a run for president in 2016, Clinton's comments serve her politically. The move is distancing herself from an unpopular president whose foreign policy is under attack.

It harkens back to a strategy she used against Obama in the 2008 democratic primary, after he said he would engage with Venezuelan and Cuban dictators.

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