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Hillary Clinton,‘Smart Power’ anda Dictator’s Fall
The New York Times ^ | 28 Feb 2016 | JO BECKER and SCOTT SHANE

Posted on 02/28/2016 6:48:17 AM PST by Theoria

The president was wary. The secretary of state was persuasive. But the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi left Libya a failed state and a terrorist haven.

By the time Mahmoud Jibril cleared customs at Le Bourget airport and sped into Paris, the American secretary of state had been waiting for hours. But this was not a meeting Hillary Clinton could cancel. Their encounter could decide whether America was again going to war.

In the throes of the Arab Spring, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was facing a furious revolt by Libyans determined to end his quixotic 42-year rule. The dictator’s forces were approaching Benghazi, the crucible of the rebellion, and threatening a blood bath. France and Britain were urging the United States to join them in a military campaign to halt Colonel Qaddafi’s troops, and now the Arab League, too, was calling for action.

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.

In her suite at the Westin, she and Mr. Jibril, a political scientist with a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, spoke at length about the fast-moving military situation in Libya. But Mrs. Clinton was clearly also thinking about Iraq, and its hard lessons for American intervention.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: clinton; hillaryclinton; hillarylibya; libya; libyawar; oup; qaddafi; smartpower
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1 posted on 02/28/2016 6:48:17 AM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria

Herself learns nothing, and forgets nothing. Much like the Bourbons of France, as the absolutist Ancien Régime.

King Louis XVI of the House of Bourbon was overthrown and executed during the French Revolution (1789-1799), but there was a brief period of restoration from 1814-1830, when it was again overthrown by the return of Napoleon.

There was a considerable amount of blood, toil, sweat and tears before France finally became a more moderate and modern country.

2 posted on 02/28/2016 6:58:58 AM PST by alloysteel (If I considered the consequences of my actions, I would rarely do anything.)
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To: Theoria

It’s basically a long, long article about how Hillary takes a lot of information and then makes the absolutely worst decision.

3 posted on 02/28/2016 7:00:37 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into:
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To: Theoria


Just a second.....have to catch my breath.....


The depth of Hillary Clinton’s interest in this is summed up in her most famous statement.

“We came. We saw. He died. (Cackle, cackle).”

Yes, this is a woman with serious foreign policy experience.

The New York Times has set a new standard for butt-kissing.

4 posted on 02/28/2016 7:00:45 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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The wife of a shamed president thats all she is and will ever be

5 posted on 02/28/2016 7:08:39 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: ronnie raygun

And yet most bookies worldwide are backing her. She is running as FDR the second now.

The GOP will boot Trump and he will run independent. Conservatives will split. And I suspect we just may have Hillary next.

Or. Trump will go on a vacation at a resort and not awaken one morning.

6 posted on 02/28/2016 7:31:59 AM PST by MarMema
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To: exDemMom
It’s basically a long, long article about how Hillary takes a lot of information and then makes the absolutely worst decision.

Madam Benghazi is incapable of conscientiously making a "good decision" that would benefit the Country. Any decision she might make is first weighed on how she personally might profit from it.

7 posted on 02/28/2016 7:49:16 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (My Forefathers Would Be Shooting By Now!)
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To: Theoria
“It's 3 AM and your children are safe and asleep.

But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something is happening in the world.

Your vote will decide who answers that call.”

- Hillary Clinton campaign ad, 2008

8 posted on 02/28/2016 8:48:59 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Theoria

The young people standing behind Hillary (coached by 2 folks in the audience) were paid shills. Anyone notice how the dishonest press didn’t see it?

9 posted on 02/28/2016 9:38:08 AM PST by GOPJ ("during ... time of universal deceit, telling the truth became a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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