Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared Wednesday that the U.S. intervention in Libya “did not cost a single American life” — a claim that likely won’t sit well with the families of those killed in the Benghazi terrorist attack.
In an interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS Newshour, the former secretary of state was asked about her role in the Libya intervention.
“We know that you, and you’ve talked about this, you encouraged the president to intervene in Libya in 2011,” Woodruff said, adding that President Obama stated recently that his failure to plan for the day after the decision to intervene was probably his biggest mistake.
“How do you see your responsibility in that?” asked Woodruff.
Clinton immediately pointed the finger at Obama. “Well, first of all, it’s important to remember where we were and why the president made the decision he did, because this was a presidential decision,” she said.
Clinton stated that she advised Obama and sometimes he would listen while at other times he wouldn’t. She said he had several advisers and at times he would act, based on a combination of the advice he received.
The former secretary of state reiterated in the interview that the situation in Libya had the potential for disaster, reminding Woodruff that Moammar Gadhafi was threatening to kill many of his own people.
“The Europeans, our Arab allies were urging us to help them to try to prevent that,” said Clinton. “After due diligence, we came up with a way of supporting their efforts that did not cost a single American life. And we saved a lot of Libyan lives.”
Clinton failed to mention the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2011, in which four Americans were killed: U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Information Management Officer Sean Smith and former Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
h/t: The Daily Caller