Entries Tagged as 'Libya'

After Gaddafi’s Rule, Libya Gets Sharia Law

October 28th, 2011 at 12:03 am 97 Comments

If George Bush’s adventures ended up handing Iraq on a silver platter to America’s enemies in Iran, President Obama’s softer and gentler imperialism has been the catalyst that stands to deliver North Africa into the hands of the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood. Dumb and Dumber could hardly ask for a better cast.

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Mob Rule Comes to Libya

October 24th, 2011 at 12:56 pm 15 Comments

If there was any doubt in my mind that the so-called Arab Spring was nothing more than a backdrop to a long winter freeze, that doubt was set aside by the gory scenes of the death of Col. Gaddafi, played again and again on TV networks. The mad dog of the Middle East was dead, but not before he was captured alive and subject to mob justice and public lynching that have become part of Arab heritage for the last 1,400 years.

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A Clownish Killer

October 21st, 2011 at 4:43 pm 43 Comments

It is perhaps a shame that no one will have a chance to interrogate Gaddafi and find out the details of his regime’s involvement in crimes like the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103, ed the equally appalling but less cited bringing down of UTA Flight 772 in 1989, online the bombing of the Berlin discothèque that led to Ronald Reagan’s air-strike on Tripoli, or his support for various terrorist groups.

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Good Riddance for Gaddafi

October 20th, 2011 at 12:31 pm 230 Comments

The most noteworthy aspect of the rebellion in Libya and today’s death of Muammar Gaddafi is that it took so long.

When the rebellion started last February — catching the world by surprise, since it was spontaneous and without advance planning — it was initially expected to be quick and decisive.

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Justice Now for the Lockerbie Bomber

August 31st, 2011 at 1:59 pm 27 Comments

It’s not necessary to have a conspiratorial mind, order to be suspicious or cynical about Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber, still being alive–albeit not thriving–in Libya.

The guy was supposed to be dead within three months of being released to Libya and Moammar Qaddafi in 2009 from a life sentence in Scotland on curious compassionate grounds.

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Don’t Expect Democracy in Libya

August 25th, 2011 at 12:12 pm 19 Comments

From the widespread reaction, you’d think the collapse of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya was a World War II-type victory.

In fact it took six months of U.S., Canadian, British, French and NATO air strikes–most of the target practice with no return fire–before the “rebels”  broke through to Tripoli.

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The Freedom Agenda Gets Vindicated

August 23rd, 2011 at 8:50 am 112 Comments

George W. Bush’s place in the pantheon of celebrated American presidents is far from secure. Nevertheless, the collapse of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya sheds new light on President Bush’s vigorous support for democratic values across the entire Middle East.

An Obama administration starved of good news will likely seek and receive credit for helping topple the dictatorship, but his predecessor deserves substantial credit for envisioning and perhaps even helping instigate the Arab Spring – of which the events in Libya constitute only the latest chapter – as a whole.

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Debt Talks Crowd Out Libya News

David Frum July 15th, 2011 at 12:20 pm 18 Comments

Budget talks risk overshadowing this important Libyan news:

The United States formally recognized the rebel leadership in Libya as the country’s legitimate government on Friday.

The US is locking itself in – but where’s the commitment to ensure that the locking ends in success?

Libya Air War Has Lasted Longer Than Kosovo Campaign

June 14th, 2011 at 3:32 pm 5 Comments

Andrew Gilligan’s account of the floundering campaign against Qaddafi in the UK Spectator.

For all the ritual incantations about ‘intensified’ attacks and ‘heaviest bombing yet’, the bombing is and always has been relatively light. Across the whole operation, the number of Nato strike sorties — only a proportion of which actually result in airstrikes — has averaged 57 a day, less than half the number in the alliance’s very similar mission in Kosovo, and a mere fraction of what the US and Britain did in Iraq.

The number of strike sorties in the seven days to last Tuesday [ie May 31] was 366, the second lowest in any week since Nato took control of the operation, bringing the daily average down to 52. The claim of intensification is not a total lie — the attacks are becoming more focused — but nor is it true for the whole country. Nato’s military commander in Libya, Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, admitted last week that for all the alliance’s work, ‘there remain a significant amount of forces’ available to the regime.

By the way: the Libya campaign has now lasted longer than the air war in Kosovo.

Republicans Go Wobbly on Libya

June 6th, 2011 at 11:07 am 6 Comments

Donald Rumsfeld famously said that a nation goes to war with the army it has, medical and not necessarily the army it wishes it had. Rumsfeld caught a lot of flak for that statement and rightly so.

When he made that statement, after all, Rumsfeld had been Secretary of Defense for years. And so, if the U.S. Army was not all that he wanted it to be, it was fair to ask: Why not — and what, if anything, had Rumsfeld himself done to remedy the situation?

Still, despite his lack of tact and seeming refusal to accept responsibility, Rumsfeld was essentially correct: Whatever their shortcomings, the U.S. Army specifically, and the U.S. military more generally, protect our nation. And so, if they’re not everything that we’d like them to be with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, well, that’s too damn bad. Wars never go according to script; there are always surprises and disappointments; and yes, people get killed.

I’m reminded of all this by Friday’s vote on the Kucinich resolution, which would have required a precipitous end to U.S. military intervention in Libya. Eighty-seven House Republicans voted with extreme anti-war leftist Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). That’s a lot of Republicans — well over a third of the caucus, in fact.

Many congressional Republicans seem to have voted with Kucinich in order to protest Obama’s dismal lack of leadership re Libya. The president, after all, has said virtually nothing about U.S. and NATO war aims and objectives. He has been “leading from behind,” and not very well or effectively at that.

I share this dismay and concern and wish that Obama were more assertive and communicative as commander in chief: Because especially in the information age, words really do matter; they are an integral part of presidential leadership. Yet Obama seems at a loss for words when it matters most.

Still, we have but one commander in chief, and his name is Barack Obama. Indeed, he is the one that we go to war with. And so, congressional Republicans should be doing everything that they can to buck him up. After all, the need for an assertive and engaged U.S. foreign policy doesn’t end with advent of the campaign season, but rather continues to press forward unabated.

In 2013, a Republican president might well want and need Democratic congressional support for a U.S. military operation or intervention. But what incentive will congressional Democrats have to support a Republican president if they know that their GOP counterparts failed to do the same when their man was in the White House?

John Guardiano blogs at www.ResoluteCon.Com, and you can follow him on Twitter: @JohnRGuardiano.