December 5, 2013

Hillary’s Libya Policy Debacle

Last week, the New York Times reported on Hilary Clinton’s allies efforts to define her legacy at the State Department ahead of a 2016 campaign. The first “accomplishment” they cited? Her 13 trips to Libya in 2011 helping head up a coalition that sought regime change in the country.

Today’s Washington Post and Huffington Post highlight just how stark of a failure that effort was. During her testimony regarding the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya this past January, Hillary said “It is less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice.” 

Today the masterminds behind this attack enjoy leisurely public meals in Libya. Ahmed Abu Khattalla, the alleged ringleader, spent 2 hours with the New York Times sipping on a strawberry frappe. In August he met a CNN reporter at a popular coffee shop in Benghazi. In October he met with the Times of London.

Why is Khattalla able to have such brazen confidence he won’t be captured? Because “the situation is tougher in Libya” according to a senior Obama administration official. Another cited the “chaos” that would descend on the country if we captured one of our nation’s most wanted enemies.

How successful was Clinton’s Libya policy? As we stand today our ambassador has been murdered, his attackers roam free in the country, and our government is unwilling to capture him for fear of future retribution. A far cry from Sec. Clinton’s vow to “bring them to justice.”