MINNEAPOLIS, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday revealed more details of her overall plan to fight the spread of terrorism at home and abroad — and online.
Speaking to a crowd at the University of Minnesota, the former Secretary of Stateoutlined a vision to combat the campaign of Isis militants, which includes the radicalization of U.S. citizens.
“We are in it for the long haul and we will stand taller and stronger than they could possibly imagine,” Clinton said.
Clinton spent part of her speech criticizing the approach to terror being taken by some Republican candidates, like Donald Trump — who recently proposed a total ban on Muslims entering the United States.
“Shallow slogans don’t add up to a strategy,” she said. “Bluster and bigotry are not credentials for becoming commander-in-chief.”
The Democratic frontrunner also criticized proposals to boost military firepower in attacks in terror-prone nations like Syria and Libya.
“Promising to carpet bomb until the desert glows doesn’t make you sound strong. It makes you sound like you’re in over your head,” she said.
“Waging and winning the fight against ISIS will require serious leadership,” she lateradded in a post to Facebook.
Clinton also followed up on sentiments expressed last week by President Barack Obama, regarding the perception of Muslims by Americans.
“To all our Muslim American brothers and sisters: This is your country too,” she said. “I am proud to be your fellow American.”
The former first lady added that her “360-degree strategy” includes targeting terror financiers and tougher visa restrictions on immigrants entering the United States who have spent time in a terror-controlled country anytime in the last five years.
Clinton also advocated tougher gun laws to prevent terrorists and terrorist sympathizers from obtaining firearms.
Clinton’s counterterrorism details Tuesday echoed a partial strategy she announced last month that includes three main points in defeating the Islamic State — defeating militants on their home turf, defeating terrorists on the ground and online, and protecting the United States and its allies.
By Doug G. Ware