By , Timothy P. Carney
Published December 20, 2015
The 2011 U.S. invasion of Libya was an illegal, ill-considered war, poorly executed and yielding disastrous consequences, including the empowerment of the Islamic State. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was an architect of the war and of its aftermath, and she is an unrelenting apologist for it.
Clinton had a chance in the first Democratic presidential debate to admit mistakes in her decision to push for U.S. war in Libya. Instead, she firmly defended the attack and the quick withdrawal, calling it "smart power at its best." She was explicit: "I think President Obama made the right decision at the time."
And Hillary was the most important person behind Obama's decision.
"Hillary's War," a Washington Post headline called it in October 2011. Clinton's emails from her time at State show her central role in planning the war. Clinton foreign policy aide Jake Sullivan wrote in August 2011 of Clinton's "leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country's Libya policy from start to finish."