Charles R. Kubic, National Interest: Hillary's Huge Libya Disaster
America has given up in Clinton’s wake.
Prior to the February 17, 2011, “Day of Rage,” Libya had a national budget surplus of 8.7 percent of GDP in 2010, with oil production at 1.8 million barrels per day, on track to reach its goal of 3 million barrels per day. Currently, oil production has decreased by over 80 percent. Following the revolution, the Libyan economy contracted by an estimated 41.8 percent, with a national deficit of 17.1 percent GDP in 2011.
Before the revolution, Libya was a secure, prospering, secular Islamic country and a critical ally providing intelligence on terrorist activity post–September 11, 2001. Qaddafi was no longer a threat to the United States. Yet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly advocated and succeeded in convincing the administration to support the Libyan rebels with a no-fly zone, intended to prevent a possible humanitarian disaster that turned quickly into all-out war.
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WNU Editor: Hillary Clinton deserves some of the blame for the disaster that has (and is) unfolding in Libya .... but not all of it. The real blame must rest on the shoulders of the European leaders who pushed for it (Prime Minister Cameron from the U.K. and President Sarkozy of France), and .... of course .... at the desk of President Obama.