Clinton: ‘We Cannot Permit Northern Mali to Become a Safe Haven’

'People say to me all the time, AQIM hasn't attacked the United States. Well, before 9/11/2001, we hadn't been attacked on our homeland since the War of 1812 and Pearl Harbor'

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HILARY CLINTON: We are in for a struggle. But it is a necessary struggle. We cannot permit northern Mali to become a safe haven. People say to me all the time, “well AQIM hasn’t attacked the United States.” Well, before 9/11/2001, we hadn’t been attacked on our homeland since I guess the War of 1812 and Pearl Harbor. This is not only a terrorist syndicate, it is a criminal enterprise. So make no mistake about it, we’ve got to have a better strategy and I would hope we’d have not only a strategy that understands, you know, making it possible for these governments to defend themselves better, for people to understand and agree with us that these terrorists are not in any way representative of their values, but that we can bolster democracy and try to give these Arab revolutions a real chance to succeed.