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May 20, 2014 - 7:07 am

Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State when the United States considered what, if any, role to play in the 2011 Libyan civil war. Clinton cast in with other Obama administration officials who wanted the US to intervene, but not very strongly. They wanted the US to help the rebellion oust dictator Gadhafi. But they did not want the US to help so much that it would have much influence over what happened after the rebels won. US forces ended up “leading from behind,” conducting an air war against the Libyan government.

The rebels included a large number of violent jihadists who were connected to al Qaeda. This was widely known at the time of Libya’s civil war. Helping them get rid of Gadhafi, a bad but secular dictator, paved the way for more war and terrorism. The jihadists aligned with Ansar al-Sharia launched the attack on the US facility at Benghazi, in which four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens died. Clinton blamed that on a movie.

Now, Libya is only getting worse — so bad that the US is considering leaving it altogether.

The U.S. military has doubled the number of aircraft standing by in Italy if needed to evacuate Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, CNN has learned.

A decision to evacuate as violence in the Libyan capital grows is “minute by minute, hour by hour,” a defense official told CNN on Monday.

Fierce fighting swept across the city Sunday after armed men stormed the country’s interim Parliament. Sporadic bursts of gunfire and blasts could still be heard on the outskirts of the capital Monday evening.

The violence appeared to be some of the worst since the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Libya ought to be the end of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions. Either she or her top lieutenants in the State Department left the Benghazi facility exposed. They hired jihadists to provide security. Then after their decisions resulted in four Americans dead, Clinton directly lied to the American people about what caused the attack. She directly attacked our freedom of speech, rather than go and attack the terrorists.

Now the decision to leave Libya in the hands of jihadists is paying off — for the jihadists. They’re taking control. All signs point to the US having to swoop into Tripoli and take our people out of Libya, while the jihadists celebrate a victory over us. The US will be back to the “paper tiger” image that encouraged the likes of Obama bin Laden to believe that he could launch attacks on us, on our own soil, and we would not respond forcefully. Bin Laden got that encouragement from Bill Clinton’s mishandling of Somalia, which also ended in a humiliating US retreat.

Unfortunately, as we all saw last week, candidates’ records matter a whole lot less to some voters than a candidate’s skin color or chromosomes.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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If Presidential Candidates’ Records Mattered, the sweet-heart-deals-with-slum-lords Community Organizer would never be president.
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"Helping them get rid of Gadhafi, a bad but secular dictator, paved the way for more war and terrorism."

Remind you of something you supported a decade ago?
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Remind you of something you supported a decade ago?

Yep, just like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and a buttload of their fellow Dems supported. What, you forget about them? It's a mystery!
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Both parties are guilty of thinking that America should be the world's poilce force.

We have reaped the whirlwind from meddling in the internal affairs of sovereign nations.

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Bad news, Mark. Somebody will step up to be the world's police force -- or else we will have to live in a world without one, in which the strong overrun the weak with impunity. (Russia's Putin is acting like that already.)

So, given the choices --

1. America as the world's police force

2. Someone else -- China? -- steps into America's shoes (and probably doesn't do anything like as fair a job of it as America did)

3. Every country does as it likes, meaning the little guys get squashed

I know which alternative I'd prefer, painful though it is. What about you?


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Defending your (carefully selected) allies is not the same as trying to be the world's policeman.

We created Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and a host of others like them. What have we gotten for it?

Nothing good. Not over the long haul.

Meddling in the affairs of sovereign nations is not just wrong, it's stupid.

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Howdy FrankK
You mean the removal of Saddam Hussein, who was likely to let Iraq be a base for Al Quaeda or to find that they'd set up bases regardless of his wishes? The removal of a dictator with a track record of invading neighbors and using chemical warfare? You mean the establishment of a struggling but real participatory government? You mean the return of valuable oil sources to the market? You mean ending the ongoing attacks against coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zone? You mean the enforcement of a Congressional resolution and numerous UN resolutions? You mean the effective use of international forces in a wide-reaching coalition?
Because no, that doesn't really resemble what happened in Libya.
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Imagine if his sons were still around. Offing those 2 did the world a enormous favor.
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If Presidential Candidates’ Records Mattered, the sweet-heart-deals-with-slum-lords Community Organizer would never be president.
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