Skip to comments.Libya Epitomizes Clinton's Not-So-Smart Power (In which she escalates terrorism)
Posted on 07/06/2016 3:13:14 PM PDT by yoe
A long profile on Hillary Clinton in the Washington Post earlier this week highlights (the 2011 Libyan intervention) as a key indicator of her approach to foreign policy. Clinton claims that the Libyan bombing campaign was an example of smart power at its best. If she actually believes that, it raises serious questions about her judgment, as well as about her ability to analyze foreign policy dispassionately and with the best interests of the United States at heart. If Clinton is willing to point to Libya as a signature moment in her four-year tenure as secretary of state, as the story says, then her resume is breathtakingly shallow.
[snip]But the Libyan gambit was never really about U.S. national securitywhich is why Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon and most of the senior members of the military ( opposed it). Some European countries, especially those along the Mediterranean, feared that an influx of Libyan refugees would pose a security challenge, and they could have sought U.S. help on those grounds.
[snip]In retrospect, Kuperman writes, Obamas intervention in Libya was an abject failure, judged even by its own standards. Libya has not only failed to evolve into a democracy; it has devolved into a failed state.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalinterest.org ...
Indeed, the ISIS presence in Libya has now grown to the point that there is open talk of another (major military intervention) to root them out. Meanwhile, the decision to overthrow a despotic ruler in a foreign country after he had chosen to turn over his rudimentary nuclear weapons program sent a very clear message to every other despotic ruler in the world: if you have nukes, dont give them up; and if you dont have them, get some.
If this is smart power at its best, as Clinton says, I would hate to see it at its worst.
Nobody would have tolerated their mass invasion plans otherwise.
Obama’s Libya Debacle
How a Well-Meaning Intervention Ended in Failure
By Alan J. Kuperman
Three Phony Reasons to Bomb Libya
Benjamin H. Friedman
March 25, 2011
Intervention in Libya and Syria Isnt Humanitarian or Liberal
Benjamin H. Friedman
April 5, 2012