In a discussion with Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in 2013, Hillary Clinton asserted that the 2011 uprising in Libya that led to the demise of dictator Muammar Qaddafi resulted in “very few civilian casualties,” comparing it favorably to the Syrian Civil War.
Clinton’s remarks have been made public in a Wikileaks document release posted online last week.
Clinton spoke to Blankfein, and took questions from an audience, at the Investment Banking Division (IBD) CEO Annual Conference in June 2013. Blankfein asked Clinton about the Obama administration’s strategy to handle multiple crises erupting in the Middle East, from Iran to Syria to Libya. He appeared unconvinced that the White House was adequately prepared to confront these challenges.