- She claimed during a town hall that its unfair to compare her vote for the Iraq War to her support for regime change in Libya
- 'Libya was a different kind of calculation, and we didn't lose a single person,' she claimed
- Statement ignores the Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya on September 11, 2012 that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador there
- For more of the latest on Hillary Clinton visit www.dailymail.co.uk/hillary
By Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com
Published: 08:40 EST, 15 March 2016 | Updated: 10:17 EST, 15 March 2016
Hillary Clinton claimed during a town hall that its unfair to compare her vote for the Iraq War to her support for forced regime change in Libya because 'we didn't lose a single person' in the latter country.
The statement ignores the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012 that killed four Americans, including American Ambassador Chris Stevens, while she was secretary of state.
Clinton's regime change record came up during an interview with Chris Matthews yesterday evening on MSNBC in the context of the Democratic presidential race and Bernie Sanders' opposition to U.S. involvement in both conflicts.
The former secretary of state said Iraq was a 'mistake' but said Matthews was wrong to conflate the two as he pressed her on her to explain why she believes its OK for America to overthrow other countries' leaders.
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Hillary Clinton claimed during a town hall that its unfair to compare her vote for the Iraq War to her support for forced regime change in Libya because 'we didn't lose a single person' in the latter country
Clinton voted for the Iraq War in 2002. Sanders did not. He's used it as a cudgel against her on the campaign trail and said that while she has more foreign policy experience than he does, it's not the right kind of experience.
She also at the forefront of the United States' military involvement in the Libya and the ousting of dictator Muammar Gaddafi as secretary of state.
'Why do you keep wanting to do these things of regime change?' Matthews asked her last night. 'What's in your thinking that says the United States has some right and duty to go to Middle Eastern countries and knock off their leadership?'
Saddam Hussein, Gaddaffi - she wanted to get Bashar al-Assad out of Syria, too, he said.
'I've said Iraq was a mistake,' Clinton told him after a lengthy discussion about the war.
CIA operative Glen Doherty, left, was killed in Benghazi alongside diplomat John Christopher Stevens, right
U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, left, was also killed as was former Navy Seal and embassy security officer Tyrone Woods
'I've said that what I thought the strategy was, which was to let the inspectors finish and to find out [about weapons of mass destruction ]and if necessary to be able to the put pressure of a different kind on Saddam Hussein.'
Clinton said, 'Libya was very different. I think conflating the two does a disservice completely.'
Matthews again accused her of 'constantly trying to knock off their leaders.'
'That is just an overstatement that doesn't really reflect the situation,' she angrily told him.
As for Syrian dictator Assad, who is still at the top of the country but the United States would like to see peacefully removed, Clinton said, 'I think that given the bloodshed he has spilled, that would be a good outcome, but Americans aren't going to do it. That's not us doing it.'
Libya had a dictator who 'had American blood on his hands,' she said.
Clinton's seen here greeting Rev. Jesse Jackson yesterday in Chicago. While in Illinois she taped the town hall with Matthews. He pressed her on her support for military involvement in Libya and Iraq
European and Arab countries came to the United States and asked for help because they feared an 'out of control' civil war like what is happening in Syria right now, she asserted.
'Is the United States supposed to say, 'You know what, that's not our problem?" she asked.
Well, Afghanistan was not their problem, Clinton argued, and they helped the United States because that's what allies do.
'Is Libya perfect? It isn't.' But they had two free and fair elections, she said, and democracy and good governance 'doesn't happen overnight.'
The U.S. 'has to continue to support the Libyan people' so that it doesn't go the way of Syria, with millions of people flooding out and more than 250,000 people dead and terrorist groups like ISIS taking up state-sized pieces of land, Clinton argued.
'Libya was a different kind of calculation, and we didn't lose a single person, we didn't have a problem in supporting our European and Arab allies in working with NATO, and now we've gotta support the Libyan people.'
The claim has since come under scrutiny because of the deaths in Benghazi, Libya, at the U.S. consulate during the terrorist retaliation against foreign involvement.
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