For all intents and purposes Libya is the forgotten mess created by President Obama’s team and their insufferable incompetence. Perhaps a time will surface when someone in the Western media will actually call Obama or Hillary Clinton to account for the mess they have created, but it doesn’t seem likely.
Imagine if Islamists were raging a power struggle throughout Canada while a Russian armed civil war was taking place in Mexico ~ imagine the position of our country in the face of such a problem. That’s the analogy to a situation faced by Egypt as a consequence of our 2011 action, ISIS in Syria (with their eyes on Jordan), and neighboring Libya simultaneously in a civil war.
It’s easy to cast aspersions to the heavy-handed decision making of Fatah el-Sisi as he deals with the Sinai highway between Hamas (East) and the Muslim Brotherhood factions, which include ISIS, (West) along his borders with Gaza and Libya respectively.
President Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Susan Rice and Samantha Power deconstructed the governing authority of Libya under the auspices of a “Responsibility to Protect“. All of those “good intentions” went to a land of perpetual FUBAR once Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed and it all, well, needed to be brushed under the proverbial rug.
However, the slaughter in Libya 2013 and 2014 is a direct outcome of the White House initial action 2011 and 2012. It’s annoying in the extreme how no-one ever calls them to task.
This is their construct. Readers will well remember that congress was avoided completely in 2011 as Obama and Co. used the R2P principle to militarily destroy the political systems within Libya and appoint Mustafa Abdel Jalil as the interim head of the Libyan Transitional National Council.
Yes, the White House owns these outcomes exclusively.
Current DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson was part of President Obama’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2011 as the legal counsel for the Pentagon. To his credit Johnson told President Obama his constitutional authority was exceeded as the unauthorized Libyan campaign continued through the summer of 2011 without congressional approval. Yet Obama ignored the advice and continued on unilaterally. Perhaps the cabinet position was payback for mouth-shutting, perhaps.
Oh yes, the White House owns these outcomes exclusively.
Yet, it’s strange how no-one ever calls them on the current crisis in Libya. And by “them” you might add the United Nations who authorized the NATO/Obama approach, and who has similarly turned a blind eye to the suffering of the Libyan people.
Oddly the last Libyan mention was from President Obama to Tom Friedman of the New York Times just prior to his August vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Regarding Libya Obama said he learned the mistake was in NOT nation building after the intervention. Strange how “nation building” was the selected attack message Senator Obama used toward George W Bush in Iraq; yet he seemed to acknowledge it was a part of the equation Bush did correctly and he himself missed.
Of course that’s hindsight…. and then, without further ado it’s off for golf.
Stuck in the middle is Egypt’s President el-Sisi who is now considering building a wall along the border with the Gaza strip so he can block Hamas and prepare his limited resources to defend the other border with Libya more effectively.
Egypt is squeezed between two heads of the same serpent. It’s no wonder why Egypt hates Hillary Inc. with such disdain.
Every single aspect of the crisis in Libya is directly an outcome of Obama – and yet with everything else going on, it seems to be a crisis no-one wants to even admit exists.