The Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s State Department made a terrible blunder, and they’re trying to keep it under wraps.
As the current situation in Libya deteriorates into chaos, with crime and slavery becoming more rampant than ever, the decision to overthrow former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi remains a strategic and humanitarian blunder on the part of the Obama administration, according to USA Today.
It’s a far cry from what was promised back in October 2011, when NATO forces invaded the nation to dispose of Mr. Gaddafi in an effort to encourage revolution throughout the Middle East. Instead, CNN posted footage from Libya which showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auction off as farm workers in slave markets, underscoring the grim reality in the North African nation.
“The situation is dire,” Mohammed Abdiker, the director of operation and emergencies for the International Organization for Migration, said in a statement after returning from Tripoli in April. “Some reports are truly horrifying and the latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages,” he said.
In 2003, President George W. Bush negotiated an agreement with Mr. Gaddafi where he would remain in power in exchange for turning over his weapons of mass destruction. According to The New York Post, the Libyan leader admitted that his nation had been developing weapons, and had henceforth promised to dismantle them and submit to international inspections.
Several years later, the Obama administration decided that they would overthrow the Libyan strongman, executing a political operation spearheaded by Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time. Instead of bringing stability to the nation, Libya exploded into chaos and civil war.
However, Hillary Clinton spoke of the operation as a great triumph, joking, “We came, we saw, he died.” Former Sen. James Webb (D-VA), criticized the decision at the time in an appearance on CNN, saying, “If you’re going to do that, there’s not treaties in place, no Americans at risk, you need to come to Congress to talk about what you want to accomplish.” Instead, Mrs. Clinton “blew the lid off of a series of tribal engagements. You can’t get to the Tripoli airport now much less Benghazi.”
“The decision to go into Libya the way that the President did without coming to Congress was bad for the precedent of how the President relates to the Congress,” he added.
Retired Rear Admiral Charles R. Kubic was more vocal in his criticism, writing in The National Interest, “Secretary Clinton’s war actually did make a difference. It led to a very real and very tragic humanitarian disaster.”
“Her bad judgment and failed policy resulted in the arming of terrorists, months of war and tens of thousands of causalities, the murder of the American ambassador and the deaths of three other brave Americans, continued civil war and the collapse of the Libyan economy, and a failed nation-state contributing to a tragic European migrant crisis. Clearly, the Libyan disaster tops Secretary Clinton’s legacy of failure,” he added.
The Obama administration’s meddling in the Libyan government leading to Gaddafi’s death was a mistake. Do you agree?
According to Breitbart, the recent deaths of four US Special Forces members in Niger back in October was partially due to the chaotic aftermath of the Obama/Clinton Libya intervention, which destabilized the region and necessitated the deployment of personnel in Niger.
As the citizens of Libya suffer because of the blunders of the Obama administration, it’s a grim reminder of the type of foreign policy the US could have had if Hillary Clinton had won the presidential election.