- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it’s “too soon to tell” whether democracy can take hold in Iraq as President Barack Obama sends over military advisers to help quell a rising insurgency.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate said Friday night that Iraq was given a chance with a lot of American sacrifice to develop a modern state. But she said the country now looks very much like a “growing, fomenting crisis.”

Clinton spoke in Austin as part of a tour promoting her new memoir “Hard Choices.”

Obama announced Thursday he was sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq but was adamant that U.S. troops wouldn’t be returning to combat.

Clinton didn’t discuss Obama’s decision in an interview with the president of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.