Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton loudly defended her push for the 2011 NATO war of regime change in Libya last night, insisting “we didn’t lose a single person” in the conflict. Clinton was Secretary of State at the time, and a loud proponent of the war.
The war killed a large number of Libyans, of course, with the Vatican Ambassador confirming that at least 40 civilians were killed in NATO strikes in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
The claim is even more galling, however, when one remembers that just a year later the US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi. Clinton must be keenly aware of this, as she faced Congressional heat over the incident for the rest of her time at the State Department, and for years after.
While Clinton may ultimately be able to parse the statement as “technically true,” claiming the civilians killed weren’t Americans and the Americans killed were a bit after (albeit a direct consequence of) the war itself, the comment still appears wildly tone deaf.
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