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J.D. Gordon: Tapes Show Libya Is Clinton’s ‘WMD Moment’
The recently revealed secret recordings of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s son and top Pentagon officials in the lead-up to U.S. intervention in Libya’s 2011 civil war clearly show that the Defense Department did not trust then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Defense Department spokesman J.D. Gordon said Friday on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV.
The Washington Times obtained the recordings from Tripoli. On them, Gadhafi’s son, Seif Gadhafi, a top Libyan leader, told former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, that Clinton was falsely stating that the Gadhafi regime was considering genocide against its own people.
Possible genocide was an argument Clinton used to convince President Barack Obama, NATO and the United Nations to authorize military intervention in Libya.
In the May 2011 phone call, Seif Gadhafi compared Clinton’s assertions to “the WMDs in Iraq, it was based on a false report,” referring to President George W. Bush’s claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to help get approval from Congress to invade that country.
The issue could prove to be damaging to Clinton, who is considered a front-runner for the Democrat’s 2016 presidential nomination, according to Gordon.
“She led us to war and to a situation where we had Islamists taking over Libya,” he said.
“It’s much more unstable now than it was during Gadhafi and we had Benghazi because of it. History is going to show this to be a very big mistake for Hillary Clinton and this will be her WMD moment, if you will.”
America went to war with Libya prematurely, Gordon said, in essence aiding radical Islamists to take power.
“It was a bad idea because Gadhafi was fighting against Islamists,” Gordon said. “He was fighting against the radical jihadists. The United States and NATO became the air force and the navy for radical Islamists who tackled Gadhafi.”
Gadhafi would have been a better option than putting jihadists in charge, according to Gordon, adding that Gadhafi, after seeing what the United States did to Saddam Hussein, ended Libya’s nuclear program.
“In the 80s, he was one of our biggest enemies,” Gordon said. “Once he saw what happened to Hussein, he stopped and he behaved.”