Don't let Hillary Clinton escape the blame for Libya's anarchy

The former secretary of state can't wash her hands of what amounts to a foreign policy disaster

Libyan rebel fighters run for cover in 2011.
(Image credit: (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic))

American military adventurism relies on a very backward notion of causation. When evil men in the world kill their own people, somehow America is to blame for not stopping them. When American action leads directly to disorder, barbarism, and terror, well, that's someone else's fault. It's our unspoken doctrine of humanitarian anarchy.

In a more innocent time, before Jordan Spieth could legally drive, American bombs began to fall on Libya. President Obama offered the following rationale: It was to stop the oncoming violence and slaughter.

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