Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said he was optimistic that President Barack Obama’s plan to “degrade and destroy” ISIS will work because the Iraqi government has become more inclusive. During an appearance Thursday on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Clinton said now that Iraq is opening up government to Sunnis who felt marginalized under former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, U.S. and Iraqi forces can defeat the militant Islamic State group.
“The reason I think that the president’s strategy to combat ISIS has a chance to succeed is that the Iraqi government finally includes Sunnis who were representing those tribal leaders who are moderate and without whom ISIS cannot be defeated,” Clinton said in a wide-ranging interview that also touched on the Ebola crisis in Africa and his Clinton Global Initiative. “We can give [the Iraqis] intelligence and we can do bombing and we have to do that to send a signal to [ISIS] there’s a price for decapitating those two people. You can’t let people get away with that, and it’s a terrible signal to the world. But we can’t win a land war in Iraq. We proved that, but they can and we can help them win it and that’s got to be what we’re trying to do. So if you want to have a government that works, that’s effective, it has to be inclusive.”
ISIS released videos recently of the reported beheadings of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines.
Check out Clinton’s complete Daily Show interview below: