John Kasich said Hillary Clinton’s decision to intervene in Libya’s civil war was a “terrible mistake.”
Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Kasich said criticism of Benghazi “is very legitimate” but “we should never have deposed” Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.”
While discussing American intervention in other nation’s civil wars, Kasich said, “Libya was a terrible mistake. Frankly, that’s something that people ought to be thinking about in regard to Hillary. You know, they talk about Benghazi, which is very legitimate, of course it is, but we should never have deposed Gaddafi. That was a terrible mistake. The guy was working with us and now we’ve created chaos in that county.”
“Look, I was not in favor of US troops in Lebanon, and I voted against it. Even when Reagan wanted them there, Tip O’Neill wanted them there, then when they got blown up, Tip was out blaming Reagan and I never forget it. Civil wars never, getting in between– since the sixth century, Sunni and Shia have been fighting, and we want to get in the middle of that? It makes no sense,” Kasich said.
Moderator Chuck Todd then asked Kasich if he would stay out of Syria and Kasich said, “I would only go to Syria to destroy ISIS. I would not use US troops to depose Assad. But I would support the rebels there. It’s okay to support those people who share your view but for the United States to be embroiled in a civil war in Syria against Assad I think is a big mistake.”