Matt Welch|Oct. 22, 2015 11:43 am
In her opening statement to the Benghazi Select Committee this morning, former Secretary of State and current Democratic Party 2016 presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton continued to justify the United States' 2011 intervention in Libya in terms that should be worrying to the wide swath of the American polity that has grown allergic to haphazardly-planned, open-ended military conflicts:
- America must lead in a dangerous world, and our diplomats must continue representing us in dangerous places. […]
- We have learned the hard way when America is absent, especially from unstable places, there are consequences. […]
- Retreat from the world is not an option. America cannot shrink from our responsibility to lead.
Under questioning, Clinton also characterized the Libya intervention as "remarkable," echoing her assertion last week that it was "smart power at its best." What's more remarkable is how this justification translates as doctrine. President Barack Obama's official justification for this pre-emptive war of choice was that it was necessary to prevent "a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world." The president "refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action."....To Read More....