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Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks during the Eighth Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Psych report

Hillary Clinton explains the daddy issues fueling Bashar al-Assad’s murderous reign in Syria

April 11, 2017

“He is absolutely a prisoner of his family’s expectations, his dead father’s looming presence, and his delusion — that I believe he now probably could pass a lie detector about — that everybody who opposes him is a terrorist.” Those are Hillary Clinton’s words last week explaining the psychology driving Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Clinton was speaking during her first interview since the 2016 presidential election, a conversation with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof at the 8th Annual Women in the World New York Summit, just hours before President Trump launched a punitive airstrike against a Syrian airbase following a chemical gas attack carried out by the Assad regime last week that left dozens dead and hundreds wounded. She was answering a question posed by Kristof about how the U.S. should intervene in Syria and she provided some interesting background on Assad’s unlikely rise to power in Syria, and the family and paternal issues that have contributed to the psychological makeup of a brutal dictator. Clinton talked about how Assad “was never expected to be the one to succeed his father” by those in his family and how an unexpected death in the family changed history and has now resulted in Assad’s “fight-to-the-death policy.” Watch the full highlight video above. Clinton’s remarks about Assad’s background begin at the 4:15 mark. And to see more highlights of her wide-ranging, nearly hourlong interview, click here.

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