Why Sanders Supporters Won’t Back Clinton: The Gaddafi Emails

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Nov. 17 2016, Updated 3:22 a.m. ET

Bernie Sanders supporters are loathe to support Hillary Clinton for a variety of reasons. Earlier stories on Inquisitr outlined several wide-sweeping reasons for this, from her willingness to slander a 12-year-old rape victim in 1975, to flip-flopping on virtually every issue during her Democratic primary race. Sanders supporters value honesty and integrity, and they feel Clinton has neither. Her time at the State Department as Secretary of State provides a wealth of reasons alone as to why she would make a poor Commander-in-Chief.

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In 2014, former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter took Clinton to task for her hawkish foreign policy in an interview with Time. While praising John Kerry in his role as Secretary of State, Carter was less generous with Clinton in his assessment.

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“…when Secretary Clinton was Secretary of State, she took very little action to bring about peace. It was only John Kerry’s coming into office that reinitiated all these very important and crucial issues.”

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The Libya Regime Change

Hillary Clinton appears to believe that war makes good business. Hillary called Iraq a business opportunity, presumably for oil. For Libya, it was gold, power, and maintaining the Western status quo.

Before U.S.-led NATO forces destroyed Libya’s water irrigation systems, the United States created a narrative of Muammar Gaddafi as a brutal dictator who distributed Viagra to troops so they could rape women while snipers killed innocent children.

But those stories were fabricated. The truth appears to be that Gaddafi was killed to protect France’s colonial interest in the African continent.

According to Counterpunch, the Libyan leader had created an economically independent nation: its own water, food, oil and a state-owned bank backed by “143 tons of gold and a similar amount in silver” worth more than $7 billion.

Gaddafi had also created a system that used its own water, its own oil, and had gone from being a poor nation to a wealthy one. Housing was a human right under Gaddafi.

The Clinton emails released in January show that in 2011, former Bill Clinton staffer and long-time friend Sidney Blumenthal sent Secretary Clinton an email with the subject line “France’s client and Qaddafi’s gold.”

The email described how France’s President Nicholas Sarkozy as “leading the attack on Libya.” Five reasons for this attack prevailed, and not a single one had to do with humanitarian concerns.

  • Get Libya’s oil.
  • Ensure continued French influence in the region.
  • Maintain French military power.
  • Prevent Gaddafi’s influence in French-speaking Africa.
  • Increase Sarkozy’s reputation in France.
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