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Rockntractor
01-14-2016, 10:37 AM
The Obama administration has come under fire for its handling of the 2011 Middle East uprisings known as the “Arab Spring.” Even top Democrats have blamed Obama’s policies (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/11/20/top-democrat-islamic-state-wouldnt-be-so-powerful-if-u-s-didnt-topple-dictators/) for inadvertently paving the way for the spread of the Islamic State.
In 2011, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was openly supportive of the decision to remove former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi from power. As news of Gaddafi’s death broke, Clinton was caught on camera joyfully touting, “We came. We saw. He died (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2011/10/21/see-hillary-clintons-other-reaction-to-gadhafis-death/).”

But evidence clearly shows the power vacuum left after Gaddafi opened the way for the Islamic State to seize control of in Libya (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-libya-the-islamic-states-black-banner-rises-by-the-mediterranean/2015/10/08/15f3de1a-56fc-11e5-8bb1-b488d231bba2_story.html).
In December 2015, Clinton strongly defended the policies that lead to the overthrow of Gaddafi (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/12/21/hillary-clinton-touts-overthrow-of-gadhafi-but-doesnt-mention-that-clinton-foundation-donors-did-big-business-in-tyrants-libya/) and a substantial Islamic State presence in Libya, saying, “We have to continue to do what is necessary when someone like Gadhafi, a despot with American blood on his hands, is overturned.”
A 2014 For the Record investigation uncovered the role the U.S. government played in opening Libya to the Islamic State. It was a secret operation code-named “Zero Footprint.” In the episode, government officials and contractors told For the Record that any worries about the connections between the rebels and terrorist groups were brushed aside by leaders from both political parties. In the end, America’s leaders were focused only on toppling Gaddafi all the while keeping their actions concealed from the public.
Moe>http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2016/01/14/for-the-record-how-the-u-s-set-the-stage-for-the-islamic-state-in-libya/

RobJohnson
01-14-2016, 04:40 PM
It's all GWB's fault.

Dan D. Doty
01-14-2016, 05:41 PM
It's all GWB's fault.


Ain't it always :rolleyes:

Obama had the first no - fault administration in American history.

FlaGator
01-14-2016, 05:55 PM
I blame Thomas Jefferson and failure to annihilate the Barbary pirates when he had the opportunity. It left a power vacuum that 168 years later Gaddafi was able to fill.

I site this as evidence (http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/obama-could-learn-from-thomas-jeffersons-1801-response-to-muslims-during-the-barbary-coast-war)

Retread
01-15-2016, 12:27 AM
I blame Thomas Jefferson and failure to annihilate the Barbary pirates when he had the opportunity. It left a power vacuum that 168 years later Gaddafi was able to fill.

I site this as evidence (http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/obama-could-learn-from-thomas-jeffersons-1801-response-to-muslims-during-the-barbary-coast-war)

You left out the best part.....

http://thefederalistpapers.integratedmarket.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/imageedit_5120_2137748353.jpg

Dori
01-15-2016, 12:34 PM
The Arab Spring started in Tunisia. It was fairly successful. Then it went like a prairie fire across Northern Africa into Libya, Egypt and then up into Iran and Syria.

It seems like everyone got involved in Libya. The rebels, the UN and NATO.

What is Libya like today? Is it worse or better with Gaddafi gone?