Hillary Clinton said at the MSNBC Democratic town hall Monday night that “we didn’t lose a single person” in Libya, despite the fact that four Americans died in Benghazi while she was secretary of state.
Clinton was defending the Libyan state and what the Obama administration has billed as one of its greatest foreign policy successes. But Clinton was also among the first to point out there’s still much more work to do in the North African country.
“Is Libya perfect? It isn’t,” Clinton explained. “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.”
Clinton went on to advocate for continuing to support the Libyan people, citing the deteriorating situation in Syria as the alternative option.
“You see what’s happening in Syria with the consequence of millions of people flooding out of Syria, with more than 250,000 people killed, with terrorist groups like ISIS taking up a huge swath of territory as big as some of the states in that area,” Clinton said.
“So yes, Libya was a different kind of calculation and we didn’t lose a single person,” Clinton added.