Issac Saul, a Bernie supporter who has learned to love Hillary Clinton, writes:
Perhaps Clinton’s greatest blemish on her record is the destabilizing of Libya, which led to the Benghazi diplomatic compound attack. Certainly, it was one of the career bullet points that made me despise her. But despite $7 million dollars spent on Benghazi investigations, 1,982 published pages of reports on Benghazi, 10 congressional committees participating in investigations, 3,194 questions asked in a public forum, Clinton and her administration have been found guilty of zero wrongdoing.
I really dislike how, even among some lefties like Issac Saul, the problem with Clinton re: Libya has become about “Benghazi.” As if the (genuinely ridiculous) GOP attacks on Cllnton have made lefties forget all the genuine reasons to criticize Clinton on Libya.
But Clinton made bad decisions regarding Libya that may have led to a protracted war and thousands of deaths, and which undermined US credibility on nuclear disarmament. And it’s notable that the Iraq disaster and the Libya disaster both stem, in part, from the same American delusion – underestimating the chaos that follows a forcible regime change, and overestimating the ability of the US to prevent that chaos. This is a worrying pattern.
(Nor are Iraq and Libya Clinton’s only foreign policy disasters – I just posted about her siding against democracy in Honduras.)
I’m going to vote for Clinton, because Trump is so much worse, and because Clinton’s team is advocating some really great policies.
But it’s important that liberals and lefties not abstain from holding Clinton’s feet to the fire on her foreign policy problems. However bad Clinton’s foreign policy will be over the next 8 years – and I assume it’ll be a mix of good and bad – it will be worse if she experiences only compliance from her left.