Republican Benghazi obsession yielding evidence of Hillary Clinton's lies and manipulations driving the destruction of Libya
David Mizner has an article up at Jacobin magazine that really needs some attention from the progressive media.
Hillary Clinton is under attack from right-wing morons over the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. Unfortunately, these attacks are sucking up all of the oxygen in the room and there is no discussion in the media of what Mizner documents - Hillary's manipulations and lies that pushed the US government into destroying Libya.
On March 17, 2011, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1973, authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya and “all necessary measures” to protect civilians. That same day — as revealed by Pentagon audio tapes obtained by the Washington Times — President Qaddafi’s son Seif tried to call a US general to try to negotiate a ceasefire. ...
Never mind that the UN resolution had urged diplomacy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instructed the Joint Chiefs of Staff not to negotiate with the Libyan government. ...
Later the Libyan government made another attempt to negotiate through an intermediary. ... Qaddafi proposed a seventy-two-hour-truce, then said he would step down to allow for a transition provided that NATO agreed to maintain the Libyan army, lift sanctions against him and his family, and provide them safe passage. Was the offer genuine and workable? We’ll never know, because Clinton shut down the negotiations.
After shutting off the negotiation process, it was time for Hillary and her "humanitarian" buddies to sell the war to the public. Apparently the administration told quite a few whoppers.
The prospect of mass atrocities was central to American officials’ case for war — as it usually is. Qaddafi was, in Clinton’s words, a “creature” who “will destroy anyone or anything in his way.” Probably because they knew they weren’t telling the truth, American leaders avoided using the word “genocide.” Clinton spoke of “tens of thousands” of deaths, and Obama said he acted to prevent a “bloodbath,” “atrocities,” and “mass graves.” The White House circulated an op-ed by Rwandan President Paul Kagame titled, “Rwandans know why Gadhafi must be stopped.”
Analysts such as Alan Kuperman challenged the official line at the time, pointing out that Qaddafi had not targeted civilians in other cities he’d recaptured. Now the Washington Times has provided evidence of a misinformation campaign, reporting that the Pentagon knew that Qaddafi had ordered his generals not to attack civilians and that the Defense Information Agency found that he “was unlikely to risk world outrage by inflicting large civilian casualties.”
Not content merely to warn of mass slaughter, American officials also employed a time-honored tactic of selling war: making false allegations of rape. In April 2011, Susan Rice claimed that Qaddafi was giving his troops Viagra to encourage rape, and in June, when Congress was making noises about trying to halt the war, Clinton picked up this rhetorical line of attack.
There's plenty more.
Hillary should be in jail, rather than on the campaign trail.