Obama not helping Hillary w/ Libya, emails

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Bluntzilla420, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. During a Fox News interview, Obama made two glaring points: one on Libya and one on email. Not a shining endorsement for Hillary Clinton, though most (sensible) observers know Libya was a shit show.

    1. Libya

    Asked during an interview Sunday to name the “worst mistake” of his presidency, Obama said it was failing to anticipate the fallout from toppling Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011—one of the policies cited by Clinton as one of her chief accomplishments when she headed the State Department.

    “Probably failing to plan for the day after, what I think was the right thing to do, in intervening in Libya,” Obama told Fox’s Chris Wallace.

    It wasn’t the first time the president admitted his administration had failed its mission in the now war-torn North African country. In a recent profile in The Atlantic, Obama called Libya “a mess,” blaming, in part, the European coalition, led by British prime minister David Cameron, for not doing enough to re-stabilize the country after toppling Gaddafi. But he also blamed his own analysts for failing to understand the deep, pre-existing tribal divisions in Libya, factions that regained strength without the presence of an authoritarian regime, turning the country into a hotbed of religious extremism and a breeding ground for ISIS. (Privately, Atlantic interviewer Jeffrey Goldberg reported, Obama called the Libya situation a “shit show” that proved the U.S. had no business attempting to govern the Middle East and North Africa.)

    2. Emails

    President Obama is quizzed about the investigation by the FBI Justice Department into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private server and non-government e-mail address by FOX News' Chris Wallace on this week's edition of FOX News Sunday. In the interview, Wallace confronted Obama if he can still say flatly that Clinton did not jeopardize America's secrets. Obama also guaranteed politics will not influence the outcome of the investigation.

    Obama contended she did not jeopardize America's national security, however was "careless" in terms of managing e-mails that she has owned. Obama said the scandal needs to be put in "perspective" as Clinton "served her country" and did an outstanding job.

    "Here's what I know," Obama told Wallace. "Hillary Clinton was an outstanding Secretary of State. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy."

    "You were prepared to say she didn't jeopardize," Chris Wallace said.

    "I continue to believe she has not jeopardized America's national security," Obama defended Clinton.

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