Fiery Empathize With Enemies? North Says Clinton 'Just Wrote Off Becoming POTUS'
Plus, check out the response from the "Outnumbered" hosts.
Hillary Clinton raised some eyebrows when she said this week that America must "empathize" with its enemies, calling for the United States to exercise "smart power."
"This is what we call smart power," Clinton said at Georgetown on Wednesday.
"Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change -- change the prospects for peace."
The speech also made headlines because the auditorium was described as being far from full.
On the issue of "empathy" with our enemies, Lt. Col. Oliver North (Ret.) went "On the Record" last night, describing Clinton's comments as "naive and irrational."
North said the comments are especially worrisome when you consider that Clinton is the frontrunner to be the Democratic nominee in 2016.
"I can’t think of a presidential candidate who would have said those kinds of things. Think about this. She’s urging us to empathize with our enemies. Think about December 7, 1941 and then FDR going to the Congress of the United States the next day saying, 'We need to have more empathy for Japan,'" said North.
Greta Van Susteren said maybe the comments were taken out of context because "in my wildest dreams I can't think of ever respecting Boko Haram," referring to the terror organization in Nigeria that kidnapped 300 school girls earlier this year.
North said he thought Clinton might have been "winging it" during a Q-and-A, but the video shows her reading from notes.
"If you are going to run for President of the United States, you cannot talk that way about the people who intend to kill us, who are dying to kill us," he said, adding that the views sound like "Obama all over again."
Van Susteren said if she were ever able to moderate a presidential debate, she'd ask Clinton about these comments and bring up Boko Haram and the president of Sudan. She also pointed out that Clinton is viewed by those on the left as being "too hawkish."
North said in his view, the former secretary of state "just wrote off being President of the United States."
Watch the full interview above.
Later on "Outnumbered," Andrea Tantaros pushed back, saying countries cannot empathize with ISIS or "feel their pain."
Kirsten Powers believes Clinton is trying to convince Democrats on the far left that she's not a "warmonger."
Watch the discussion below.