Clinton distinguishes herself from Obama policies

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 12 at 8:02 AM

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Hillary Clinton has made her most aggressive effort yet to distinguish herself from her former boss, rebuking President Barack Obama for his cautious approach to global crises and saying foreign policy has to go beyond "don't do stupid stuff."

Clinton did so in a weekend magazine interview that lays out a foreign policy vision ahead of a possible run for president.

She tells The Atlantic that "great nations need organizing principles, and 'don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."

Clinton was referring to a version of the phrase Obama and his advisers have used privately to describe his approach to foreign policy.

Clinton's critiques come as Obama wrestles with choices on how the U.S. should engage in disputes across the world.

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