Clinton hails Obama`s `smart leadership`

Clinton praised Obama, her former rival, for making the call to send US special forces to kill Osama inside Pakistan.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 00:33 AM IST

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton paid tribute on Sunday to President Barack Obama`s "smart
leadership in a complex world," saying his foreign policy
achievements had been remarkable.

"What we`ve seen from President Obama over the last two
and half years and I think remarkably with the events of the
last six months is that his kind of smart leadership in a
complex world is paying off," she told Fox News today.

Clinton praised Obama, her former rival, for making the
call to send US special forces to kill al Qaeda leader Osama
bin Laden inside Pakistan, and for forging the coalition that
ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

"He (Obama) was the one who brought bin Laden finally
down. He was the one who put together a coalition that
eventually removed Gaddafi," she said.

Asked what foreign policy principle guided Obama to
intervene in Uganda and Libya but not in Syria, Clinton
responded: "I think it`s important that in this very complex,
dangerous world, we have somebody in the White House who
understands that America has to lead.

"Our leadership is essential. But we have to look at
every situation and make the right decision."

PTI