CHICAGO, March 15, 2016 – During a town hall meeting, Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed the United States, “didn’t lose a single person” in Libya.
That statement suggests Clinton has forgotten about the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi that left three Americans dead.
Questions about the attack and its aftermath have dogged Clinton throughout her second run for the White House, with emails released by the State Department contradicting several aspects of her testimony before the House Select Committee investigating the attack.
Clinton made the comment defending her push for regime change in war-torn Libya during the town hall event hosted by MSNBC.
Clinton acknowledged the outcome post-Gadaffi wasn’t “perfect,” but touted the elections, which were an improvement from the former dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. “Is Libya perfect?” Clinton said. “It isn’t. But did they have two elections that were fair where they voted for moderates? Yes they did. Changing from a dictator that has hollowed out your country to something resembling a functioning state and even hopefully more of a democratic one doesn’t happen overnight.”
The Benghazi attack has plagued Clinton ever since, with multiple congressional investigations into her conduct regarding the consulate’s security and what she said in the aftermath of the attack. Emails from Clinton’s own server showed that she knew immediately the attack was not a result of a spontaneous reaction to a controversial YouTube video, as she claimed in the initial days following the attack.