Of all the foreign policy blunders hanging like albatrosses around the necks of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the destabilization of Libya is arguably one of the biggest.
Democrat presidential nominee Clinton was part and parcel of the operation to topple the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, and the thousands of lives lost in the chaos afterwards, including the four Americans killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi four years ago, all stemmed from her decision to get involved in regime change in that country.
Thus, it struck some people as kind of odd when Clinton proudly declared during the recent Commander in Chief Forum about her actions in Libya that, “We did not lose a single American in that action.”
The utterance has lead some to question if she even remembered that Benghazi was located in Libya, particularly given the multitude of rumors regarding the status of Clinton’s mental health.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 8, 2016
Of course, Clinton was technically correct, in that no American lives were lost during the specific military actions that lead to Gadhafil’s overthrow by local militias armed and supported by the U.S. and Western allies.
That said, there would likely not have been any Americans to be attacked by some of those same militias in Benghazi 11 months later if Clinton’s regime change operation hadn’t occurred in the first place.
Whether or not Clinton was parsing her words when talking about Libya, or if she legitimately was confused and has forgotten the quite obvious connection between that Libyan operation and the resultant terrorist attack in Benghazi only months later, remained to be seen. Either way, it wasn’t what Americans wanted to hear from someone looking to be their next president.
Regardless, questions have continued to persist about her mental health, and confused responses like the one she gave at the Commander in Chief Forum do nothing to resolve them.
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