This is the genocide that Hillary Clinton says she acted to prevent in Libya by removing Colonel Gaddafi
is testifying before the Benghazi committee and is doing as she characteristically does – dodging and evading the truth. Clinton made this preposterous opening statement to the hearing:
“We need leadership at home to match our leadership abroad, leadership that puts national security ahead of politics and ideology.”
That was a campaign message during a Congressional hearing. So let’s address it as such. What does the outcome in Libya say about Hillary Clinton’s demonstrated “leadership” in her term as Madam Secretary? She has called her management of Libya “Smart power at its best” during the most recent Democratic debate.
How about Libya’s government? Did we impose ‘Democracy’ (whatever that actually means to the puppetmasters that hand Obama his foreign policy assignments) in Libya? No – not even close. The Libyan government is now controlled by … you guessed it, the Muslim Brotherhood! And the parts of the country not under their control are under the terror of the Islamic State and various other affiliates of Salafist terror. What a shock? In all material respects, the same set of conditions exist and persist in Libya that exist now in Syria.
What about civil order in the country? Everybody is happy and peaceful and getting back to building rather than destroying, right? Wrong. The U.K. Independent reports:
As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago.
Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country putting in doubt claims by American, British and French politicians that Nato’s military action in Libya in 2011 was an outstanding example of a successful foreign military intervention which should be repeated in Syria.
O.K. Well, certainly the economic situation is improving in Libya. Don’t you believe it – in fact it’s just the opposite. Before the NATO intervention, Libya was exporting 1.6 Million barrels of high-quality crude oil per day. The oil trade was the lifeblood of its economy – 80 percent of its GNP and up to 97 percent of its exports.
Now, because of a large scale mutiny among the security forces that were previously protecting the drilling sites, refineries and pipelines – production has plummeted to less than 100,000 barrels per day – not even a tenth of normal production.
The mutineers are sabotaging production because of complaints of inadequate pay and are attempting to sell the oil under their control on the black market. More recently, some pipelines have been at least temporarily opened, increasing last month’s production to 350,000 barrels per day – still only 25% of the production before Ms.Clinton lobbied for the removal of Gaddafi.
Hillary Clinton claimed in this morning’s hearing that – the U.S. military campaign against Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 helped prevent “genocide.”
What about Social order in Libya? That should have improved, we were told, consequent to the removal of a dictator. Not so much? Not at all. Again, the Independent details the disintegration since the NATO incursion and regime change:
Libyans are increasingly at the mercy of militias which act outside the law. Popular protests against militiamen have been met with gunfire; 31 demonstrators were shot dead and many others wounded as they protested outside the barracks of “the Libyan Shield Brigade” in the eastern capital Benghazi in June.
Though the NATO intervention against Gaddafi was justified as a humanitarian response to the threat that Gaddafi’s tanks would slaughter dissidents in Benghazi, the international community has ignored the escalating violence. The foreign media, which once filled the hotels of Benghazi and Tripoli, have likewise paid little attention to the near collapse of the central government.
There is widespread tribal warfare, clashes between opposing militia groups and the new government is suspending civil rights for those suspected of loyalty to the former leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
So besides the Benghazi betrayal, where Ambassador Stevens and 3 other Americans working in security roles were killed, while Obama, Clinton and Panetta sat on their hands and Valerie Jarrett issued orders to stand down on any readily available rescue efforts – nothing else has yielded the results we were promised by this administration.
Only fools would have believed the promises.
Editor’s Note: for another excellent outline of the disaster in Libya that Madam Secretary left in her wake – here is a report by Nancy A. Youssef of the Daily Beast, in which we learn, among other things, that then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who opposed the U.S. intervention, frustratingly explained about Hillary’ War – “We were playing it by ear.” BTW – let’s say you were considering hiring someone for a job opening in your company. Would you hire them if you discovered that they had a reputation of playing things by ear, instead of intelligent planning and informed decisions?