Former Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb criticized Hillary Clinton’s leadership in Libya, calling it “inept” and a “failure as Secretary of State.”
“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,” Webb wrote Saturday on Facebook.
Webb, who withdrew from the Democratic presidential primary in October, dismissed Clinton’s claim that removing Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was necessary to avoid a catastrophe like Syria, referring to it as “nonsensical.”
“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,” he said. “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 also argued that radical Islamist groups emerged after Gaddafi’s ouster, leading to the Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
“Radical Islamist groups, 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.”
The former Virginia senator also criticized Clinton for talking about the situation in Libya as if it was a successful aspect of her tenure as secretary of state.
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