In a Sunday show appearance in 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that "no one should miscalculate America's resolve and commitment to helping support the Iraqi democracy." She added, "We have paid too high a price to give the Iraqis this chance and I hope that Iran and no one else miscalculates that."
"I think that Iraq is a very new democracy, of course, but it has made tremendous strides in taking care of its own security," Clinton said on Meet the Press.
Later the host would ask. "But, Secretary Clinton, the question is whether you think this criticism is well-founded or not. Do we not endanger recent success in Iraq by not having any residual force? Is there not a legitimate prospect of civil war, which many people fear?"
"Well, honestly, I think that they should've raised those issues when President Bush agreed to the agreement to withdraw troops by the end of this year. I feel like this is a debate that is looking backwards instead of forwards. Now, are the Iraqis all going to get along with each other for the foreseeable future? Well, let's find out. We know that there will be continuing stresses and threats, as we see in many of the countries that we work. We had a support and training mission in Colombia over many years when they were facing tremendous threats from insurgent groups.
"We know that the violence is not going to automatically end, but President Obama has shown great leadership in navigating to this point, fulfilling his promise, meeting the obligations that were entered into before he ever came into office. We are providing a support and training mission. We will be there on the ground working with the Iraqis. And I just want to add, David, that no one should miscalculate America's resolve and commitment to helping support the Iraqi democracy. We have paid too high a price to give the Iraqis this chance and I hope that Iran and no one else miscalculates that."
The interview is interesting in light of the collapse in Iraq, which is coinciding back home with Clinton's book tour.