Clinton Warns That Trump Could 'Easily Lead Us Into War'

By Susan Jones | June 15, 2016 | 8:42am EDT
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to speak at a rally at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Circuit Center in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

( - As thousands of American troops find themselves involved in several Middle Eastern wars -- some of those wars started on Barack Obama's watch -- Hillary Clinton warned on Tuesday that her Republican opponent "could easily lead us into war."

Clinton was arguing that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief:

"The fight against terrorism has never been simple, and we need a commander-in-chief who's up to these challenges, who can grapple with them in all their complexity -- someone with real plans and real solutions, that actually address the problems we face.

"And we need -- and we need someone with the temperment and experience to make those hard choices in the situation room, not a loose cannon who could easily lead us into war," she said.

Clinton, speaking in Pittsburgh, attacked Trump's speech on national defense, which he delivered in New Hampshire on Monday. She criticize him for being "fixated" on the words "radical Islam." And she blasted as un-American Trump's call to (temporarily) ban Muslim immigration until the vetting process can be improved.

President Obama, meanwhile, gave an update Tuesday on his undeclared wars in Iraq and Syria, where some 5,000 U.S. troops are now "advising and assisting" ground forces -- and sometimes ending up in combat themselves.

(Just last week, Obama approved plans to expand the U.S. military's authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan, as the Afghan army struggles with the resurgent terrorist group.)

This is what Obama said on Tuesday after meeting with his National Security Council:

Our mission is to destroy ISIL. Since I last updated the American people on our campaign two months ago, we've seen that this continues to be a difficult fight, but we are making significant progress.

Over the past two months, I've authorized a series of steps to ratchet up our fight against ISIL. Additional U.S. personnel, including special forces in Syria to assist local forces battling ISIL there, additional advisers to work more closely with Iraqi security forces and additional assets, including attack helicopters and additional support for local forces in northern Iraq.

Our aircraft continue to launch from the U.S.S. Harry Truman, now in the Mediterranean. Our B-52 bombers are hitting ISIL with precision strikes. Targets are being identified and hit even more quickly. So far, 13,000 airstrikes.

This campaign at this stage is firing on all cylinders, and as a result, ISIL is under more pressure than ever before. ISIL continues to lose key leaders...So far we have taken out more than 120 top ISIL leaders and commanders. And our message is clear, that if you target American and our allies, you will not be safe. You will never be safe.

ISIL continues to lose ground in Iraq. In the past two months, local forces in Iraq with coalition support, have liberated the western town of Rutba and have also pushed up the Euphrates River Valley, liberating the strategic town of Hiit and breaking the ISIL siege of Haditha.

Iraqis forces have surrounded Fallujah and begun to move into the city. Meanwhile in the north, Iraqi forces continue to push up the Tigris River Valley, making gains around Makhmour and now preparing to tighten the noose around ISIL in Mosul.All told ISIL has now lost nearly half of the populated territory that it once controlled in Iraq and it will lose more.

ISIL continues to lose ground in Syria as well. Assisted by our special operations forces, the coalition of local forces is now pressuring the key town of Manbij, which means the noose is tightening around ISIL in Raqqah as well.

In short, our coalition continues to be on offense. ISIL is on defense and it has now been a full year since ISIL has been able to mount a major successful offensive operation on either Syria or Iraq...

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