On Sunday, the New York Times began a three-part series about how Libya evolved into a failed terrorist state. As of Monday two segments have been published and it paints a horrible picture of Hillary Clinton, first pushing the country into the Libyan”civil” war, and then doing nothing about the threat of what came next.
President Obama was deeply wary of another military venture in a Muslim country. Most of his senior advisers were telling him to stay out. Still, he dispatched Mrs. Clinton to sound out Mr. Jibril, a leader of the Libyan opposition. Their late-night meeting on March 14, 2011, would be the first chance for a top American official to get a sense of whom, exactly, the United States was being asked to support.
(…) Her conviction would be critical in persuading Mr. Obama to join allies in bombing Colonel Qaddafi’s forces. In fact, Mr. Obama’s defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, would later say that in a “51-49” decision, it was Mrs. Clinton’s support that put the ambivalent president over the line.
Once Ms. Clinton pushed America into the war, and Qaddafi was deposed (and executed) Hillary ignored the warnings when, “militias refused to disarm, neighbors fanned a civil war, and the Islamic State found refuge.”
But Ms Clinton was too busy bragging to care:
Mrs. Clinton had taken a triumphal tour of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and for weeks top aides had been circulating a “ticktock” that described her starring role in the events that had led to this moment. The timeline, her top policy aide, Jake Sullivan, wrote, demonstrated Mrs. Clinton’s “leadership/ ownership/ stewardship of this country’s Libya policy from start to finish.” The memo’s languageput her at the center of everything: “HRC announces … HRC directs … HRC travels … HRC engages,” it read.
It was a brag sheet for a cabinet member eyeing a presidential race, and the Clinton team’s eagerness to claim credit for her prompted eye-rolling at the White House and the Pentagon. Some joked that to hear her aides tell it, she had practically called in the airstrikes herself.
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