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

Obama announced Thursday that he was sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. But he was adamant that U.S. troops would not be returning to combat.

Clinton spoke broadly about Iraq but didn’t discuss Obama’s decision during an interview with director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

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