JonNC . . . .
. . . without the Obama efforts, Gaddafi stays in power, at least for a time.
AFAIK, Gaddafi was not planning any “imminent” attacks.
Good point JonNC.
“It was . . . our pilots who took out their air defense systems, set up a no-fly zone. It was our folks in NATO who were helping to coordinate the NATO operation there.” – Obama
Without this kind of support, proxies would not have been able to kill Gaddafi.
Obama made a mess in Libya. “Without the Obama efforts, Gaddafi”, who was killed in 2011, “stays in power”.
Then afterwards there was no significant plan to deal with the mess.
(My opinion) That mess is probably part of the reason why Obama had false security about his Libyan mercenaries (who the Obama administration including Hillary was running arms to) “protecting” our embassy people in Benghazi in 2012, having US Forces, “stand down”.
(“Stand down. Our “buddies” that we have been giving arms to [while taking them away from Americans] will protect our embassy people in Benghazi! Whoops. They didn’t!! They MAY have even been RESPONSIBLE for perpetrating the murders against us! Bring on the Arab Video and the propaganda machine. Get me Susan Rice asap!”)
US forces should have been sent in immediately to PROTECT our people in Benghazi when they asked for it (or get them out). Instead our Americans were blown-off by Obama, Hillary, etc. And our people left to be murdered probably by the same people Hillary was cutting deals with while Obama was ordering our guys to “Stand down!” as our own embassy people were being tortured then finally murdered.
Then after the henchmen the Obama administration was collaborating with, either let us down or were responsible for attacking us, Obama sent out minions to render fake blame on an Arab video and deflect from his own incompetence.
You and @Ridgerunner are right-on. The “fake” story is that Obama had no major part of this “mess”.
This from back in 2015 (on the wanton failures of the Obama Administration Foreign Policy).
. . . “Leading from behind.” A White House official coined that phrase in 2011 to describe President Obama’s Libyan policy. His political opponents quickly seized on that characterization as an apt metaphor for how the president conducts foreign policy. . . .
. . . Libya today is a hell hole. No serious observer of foreign policy regards that operation as a success. Indeed, the world today is littered with spectacular U.S. foreign policy failures.
Remember the Russian “reset”? Dialog and a nuclear arms treaty that let Moscow stand pat while we reduced our arsenal were going to lead to a new era of understanding. Instead, Crimea’s been annexed; Ukraine is under attack, and relations between Washington and the Kremlin are worse than any time since the Cold War.
Pulling out of Iraq according to a timetable rather than the situation on the ground? That opened the door for ISIS to get a strong foothold. Today, it controls a third of Iraq and much of Syria. . . .