Amid the simmering conflict between Democratic presidential candidates and their national party handlers, former presidential candidate Jim Webb is now accusing his party’s frontrunner Hillary Clinton for “the chaos in Libya,” brought about because of “her inept leadership” in the region while she was the U.S. Secretary of State.
“Hillary Clinton’s failed vision in Libya & the Arab Spring are foreign policy leadership at its worst,” wrote Webb this weekend on his FacebookPage, adding a link to more of his thoughts. “Our next commander in chief must define a strategic vision for the country and accept accountability for past actions. Hillary Clinton should be called to account for her inept leadership that brought about the chaos in Libya, and the power vacuums that resulted in the rest of the region. She’ll need better answers than the recent nonsensical comment that she advocated taking out Muammar Qadaffi in Libya in order to avert a situation like Syria. The predictable chaos in Libya was bad enough, but it also helped bring about the disaster in Syria. Who is taking her to task for this?”
Webb, sounding like he was still a candidate in the fight for the Presidency, went on from there. “She [Hillary Clinton] said, ‘[i]f we had not joined with our European partners and our Arab partners to assist the people in Libya, you would be looking at Syria.’ In reality that is what we are looking at,” Webb wrote.
Citing the “Harvard (Kennedy School) Lessons from Libya study of 2013,” Webb found an interesting tidbit. He wrote that “[t]he biggest misconception about NATO’s intervention is that it saved lives and benefited Libya and its neighbors.” Radical Islamist groups, however, who had been “suppressed under Qaddafi, emerged as the fiercest rebels during the war, highlighted by the September 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues,” Webb stated.
Regime change and ‘wing-walking’
But Webb had more to say. “Clinton talked at this last DNC debate about her failure as Secretary of State as if she was successful. While she held that office, the U.S. spent about $2 billion backing the Libyan uprising against Qadaffi. The uprising, which was part of the Arab Spring, led directly to Qaddafi being removed from power and killed by rebel forces in 2011. Now some 2,000 ISIS terrorists have established a foothold in Libya,” Webb stated on Facebook. “Sophisticated weapons from Qaddafi’s arsenal—including up to 15,000 man-portable, surface-to-air missiles have apparently fallen into the hands of radical Islamists throughout the region. For a Secretary of State (and a Presidential administration) this is foreign policy leadership at its worst.”
In a concluding statement, Webb wrote that “[t]he first rule of wing-walking (and regime change) is never let go of what you have until you have a firm grasp on where you are going.” The top comments to his words were enlightening.
Mark Mills wrote back to Webb on the Facebookpage. “If America’s choice is going to be Hillary and Donald, our country needs a credible, non-embarrassing choice! As someone who usually votes for a Republican President, you would have my vote. Please consider a moderate Republican running mate and run as Unity ticket alternative. You could win!!”
Debby Burroughs shared her thoughts, as well. “He isn’t just now bringing up the subject of Libya and the disastrous consequences. After 3 months of warnings and debate in various Senate committees, on June 8, 2011 Senator Webb and Senator Corker (R-TN) introduced a Joint Resolution on Libya operations to require the Administration to justify actions, prohibit troops on ground, and call for Congressional authorization of continued operations.”
DNC limiting debate
Previously Jim Webb protested what he saw as the Democratic National Party handlers favoring Hillary Clinton and limiting debate among the other Democratic presidential candidates, in a Youtube piece. BusinessInsider also noted the DNC’s limiting the debate seemed to favor Hillary Clinton, and numerous calls have come from others to allow more debate among the Democratic contenders, including celebrity Mark Ruffalo, as reported by Kipp Jones over at Breitbart. Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo “… is supporting a petition to force the Democratic National Committee to hold more debates,” Jones wrote recently. Ruffalo is trying to persuade followers to sign a petition, written by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, which addresses the problems of “bad scheduling” which seems as though it will “keep getting worse.”
“Bad scheduling” is a nice way to put it. The petition also notes that “[s]ince the next Democratic debate is scheduled for Sunday, January 17 — on a three-day holiday weekend, scheduled at the same time as a major NFL playoff game,” it seems that the DNC is up to no good. It does very poor promotion of its own Democratic candidates and seems to be hiding all debate from voters who may be interested in hearing an actual discussion of ideas before the primaries begin and they must choose. “Tell Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to schedule additional debates,” the plea concludes from the DemocracyforAmerica petition.