Watch LIVE Hillary Clinton Talks Commander-in-Chief Issues

Clinton feels at ease talking policy issues as a political wonk

By: Jim Williams – Washington Bureau Chief News Talk Florida

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face questions on military issues, national security and veteran’s affairs at NBC News’ Commander-in-Chief Forum Wednesday, hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

The setting for tonight’s event will be the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. NBC’s Matt Lauer, host of the Today Show, will be asking the questions.

Trump and Clinton see the world in many, many, many different ways. Plus, there can be no doubt that they have many different ways to combat, terrorism and deploy U.S. troops.



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For instance here is what Clinton told NBC about fighting ISIS.

“It is time to begin a new phase and intensify and broaden our efforts to smash the would-be caliphate and deny ISIS control of territory in Iraq and Syria. That starts with a more effective coalition air campaign, with more allied planes, more strikes, and a broader target set. A key obstacle standing in the way is a shortage of good intelligence about ISIS and its operations. So we need an immediate ‘intelligence surge’ in the region, including technical assets, Arabic speakers with deep expertise in the Middle East, and even closer partnership with regional intelligence services.” — November 19, 2015. Remarks on terrorism, Washington D.C.

How about committing troops to fight ISIS?

 “Like President Obama, I do not believe that we should again have 100,000 American troops in combat in the Middle East. That is just not the smart move to make here. If we have learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute for them.” — November 19, 2015. Remarks on terrorism, Washington D.C.

[“Trump has] talked about sending ground troops — American ground troops — well, that is off the table, as far as I’m concerned.” — August 15, 2016. Campaign speech, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Some quotes used in this story came from NBC News and ASSOCIATED PRESS. VIDEO FROM NBC and CNN.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.