Track of the Day: 'I'm Different'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

This morning in New York, Hillary Clinton outlined her plan to combat ISIS, one that she called an “intensification” and “acceleration” of the existing strategy. As David pointed out, the problem for Hillary is that “talking about ISIS inevitably raises uncomfortable questions about the Obama administration’s handling of the group while she was the nation’s top foreign-policy official.”

And indeed, the plan she outlined goes beyond Obama’s; she renewed her calls for a no-fly zone (an option the administration has so far resisted), advocated “an immediate intelligence surge” in the region where ISIS operates to improve knowledge about the group’s inner workings, and advocated sending more Special Ops to help local fighters combat the group.

Of her tenure in the Obama administration, she said: “I have made clear that I have differences” with her former boss. The speech also highlighted the difference between her and the other Democratic candidates, who have yet to offer as much detail on their own anti-ISIS strategies. As 2 Chainz would say: “Middle finger up to my competition.”