I Thought Libya Was Already Liberated…

The use of the US military overseas seems to have become so commonplace that the Obama Administration can bomb a country with no Congressional input and very little media interest at all. Such was the case on Friday, when the US military killed some 49 people in a bombing run near Tripoli, Libya.

We had to bomb Libya, we are told, because Libya has become a hotbed of ISIS activity. The group has been moving training facilities into the country, taking advantage of the chaos. Ironically, it was five years ago this week that the “Arab Spring” uprising began in Libya — an uprising that was supported by US military force and led to the overthrow of the Libyan government and the murder of its leader, Gaddafi.

We were told that the US had to intervene to overthrow Gaddafi so that democracy and human rights could flourish; yet five years after the US-led intervention, no one would argue that the country is better off. Instead of bringing Libya democracy, US intervention brought Libya ISIS. So now, the US has to go back and bomb Libya some more to take care of ISIS.

Will this work? No. Logic tells us you cannot do more of what caused a problem and expect it to fix the problem.

As Middle East analyst Hillary Mann Leverett observed after Friday’s US attack on Libya, “the problem is, for each one of these targeted killings, what we have seen in the data that at least two more people sign up to join.”

The United States has made a habit of lecturing other countries about the need to follow the rule of law; yet this seems to be a matter of “do as we say, not as we do.” How else can we explain a US attack overseas with no Congressional input? Certainly there was no Congressional authorization for Friday’s bombing. The Administration claimed that its authority came from the 2001 authorization to use military force against al-Qaeda in retaliation for the attacks of 9/11. But ISIS did not even exist on 9/11. How can the 2001 authorization be twisted to include bombing Libya in 2016?

Libya has been in chaos since its 2011 “liberation,” but the country’s interim government strongly objected to Friday’s US bombing, claiming they were not consulted before the US attack. They called US air strikes a violation of Libya’s sovereignty and of international law.

They have a point. But the most important point we must learn from the destruction of Libya – and of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and so on – is that US interventionism has been a complete failure. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the last 15 years, societies have been broken apart, economies have been destroyed, and property has been flattened. There are no success stories. The neocon plan to remake the Middle East has only succeeded in destroying the Middle East. As a consequence, we are far less safe than before the “war on terror” was launched. ISIS and other terrorist groups have expanded their territory and have even been able to attack in Europe and the US. Our currency has been debased to pay for the trillions of dollars spent in this no-win war. The connected elites have gotten rich while the middle class has gotten poorer.

Intervention has failed. It is time to stand up to the neocons and their liberal interventionist collaborators and say “no more!”

Copyright © 2016 by RonPaul Institute

Shocking Detail Just Revealed About Libya Trip Hillary Took Less Than 1 Year Before Benghazi Attack

When then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise trip to Libya in October 2011, the vetting for her security was such that a man who was known to be suspected of having links to Islamic terrorism was in charge of her security

What the Daily Mail called “a shocking security blunder” was first revealed in a new book, Jihadi John: The Making of a Terrorist, by Robert Verkaik.

During her Libyan visit, Verkaik writes, Clinton was in the company of a man once known as “Detainee M,” who was known to Britain as a member of the banned Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and considered a threat to British and American national security.

“One terror suspect under a control order for many years, who is known as ‘Detainee M,’ even went on to head up the government security unit in charge of guarding Hillary Clinton when as U.S. Secretary of State she made an unannounced visit to Libya in 2011,” Verkaik wrote. “One woman’s terror suspect is another’s trusted bodyguard.”

The “extraordinary vetting oversight at the heart of the Clinton camp” is “bound to be seized upon by Mrs. Clinton’s critics as evidence of the State Department’s inadequate concern with security in Libya – a paucity that culminated in the horror of Benghazi,” The Daily Mail wrote.

Clinton’s October 2011 trip was designed to show her support and that of the United States for the Libyan people and to create new, positive ties with the nation. Less than one year later — Sept. 11, 2012 — the U.S. diplomatic outpost at Behghazi, Libya, came under attack, leading to the deaths of four Americans. Since then, questions have swirled about whether the Clinton-led State Department provided adequate security for American diplomats based in Libya.

h/t: The Daily Mail


US Chief Of Staff Calls For Desicive Military Action Against Islamic State In Libya As First Foreign Soldiers Arrive In The Country

Two weeks after Algerian media for the first time reported that something dramatic was about to happen in Libya, it becomes increasingly clear that the West is indeed planning to take the fight against Islamic State in a new way in the North African country.

Digital Journal, a global digital media network with thousands of members, confirmed on Sunday that members of the coalitions fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq are preparing for an intervention in Libya where Islamic State has made significant gains over the past few months.

The media network cited General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who last week said that he was very concerned about the spread of Islamic State in Libya and that “decisive military action to check ISIS expansion” had become very likely. Dunford said that international military action against ISIS in Libya could be expected within weeks. He warned that if nothing is done, ISIS will use Libya as a beachhead for further expansion into Arab and North African countries.

A meeting in Rome about aid to Libya was apparently used by several world powers to discuss the military options in the war-torn country, which has witnessed increasing chaos and bloodshed since the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in the summer of 2011.

The German newspaper Die Welt reported that the intervention would gain international legitimacy if the foreign intervention was requested by the new unity government that was formed last week under a UN-brokered deal.

“The only thing missing for a military intervention is the legal framework. As soon as the new Libyan unity government is formed, it can proceed. When Libya has a united and to some extent legitimate government again, then there is someone in response to whose request a western military intervention can take place within the framework of international law,” Die Welt reported.

If foreign military intervention is indeed dependent on the invitation of the Libyan National Unity Government, there is a new problem. Today, the internationally recognized current government of Libya rejected the UN-brokered deal and the forming of the unity government. 89 of the 104 members of parliament who attended the meeting of the government in the eastern city of Tobruk (where the deal was discussed) voted against the agreement and the forming of a unity government.

Libyan and other Arabic media, however, published reports that suggest that despite the decision of the MP’s in Tobruk, the foreign intervention will go ahead as planned. The Libya Observer, for example, reported on Sunday that about 500 foreign military personnel have arrived at Jamal Abdel Nasser military base, located south of Tobruk.

The intervention force is made up of Special Forces of the United States, Brittain and reportedly Russia, according to the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat. The paper wrote that French military personnel would join the intervention force soon, while the media outlet Press Solidarity reported that French soldiers had already arrived in Libya.

If the foreign intervention force will become active in Libya, it will probably operate according to the same principles as the US Special Forces in Syria and Iraq. That means that small groups of Special Forces will carry out raids against Islamic State targets in Libya. There have been no reports about an imminent air campaign against Islamic State in Libya.

Meanwhile, Europol, the policy agency of the European Union, warned on Monday that ISIS will carry out more Paris-style attacks on European soil. The warning was based on a new report about the ISIS mega-terror attack in Paris that was compiled by Europol experts.

“The so-called Islamic State has developed a new combat style capability to carry out a campaign of large-scale attacks on a global stage with a particular focus on targets in Europe,” said Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, during a press conference in Amsterdam.

The Interpol warning coincided with the release of a new horrific video by Islamic State that contained a similar warning to European countries, especially Great Britain. The video showed prior terrorist activities by the ISIS Jihadis who carried out the assault on Paris and the training activities that took place before they carried out the deadly attacks.

Obama Makes New Controversial Statement About ISIS During SOTU And Is Exposed By His Former CIA Chief

On Tuesday, during his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that Islamic State and Al Qaeda pose a direct threat to the American people because “even a handful of these terrorists can do a lot of damage.” The president added that Islamic State doesn’t pose a threat to the existence of the United States.

Obama continued his SOTU by ridiculing people who think Islamic State is a much bigger danger to the U.S. and the world than he estimates.

“As we focus on destroying ISIL (Islamic State), over the top claims that this is World War III just play in their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in garages or apartments pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped, but they do not threaten our national existence; that’s the story ISIL wants to tell,” Obama said.

A short while before Obama held his State of the Union address, his former deputy CIA chief, Michael Morell, told the House Armed Services Committee a different story about the threat that ISIS poses to the United States and the world.

ISIS is “a significant strategic and lethal threat” to the United States and beyond, Morell said. The former deputy CIA chief warned that in Libya, ISIS could repeat the “blitzkrieg” that the world witnessed in Iraq.

“ISIS has gained affiliates faster than al-Qaeda ever did. From nothing a year ago, there are now militant groups in nearly 20 countries that have sworn allegiance to ISIS. They have conducted attacks that have already killed Americans, and they carry the potential to themselves to grab large amounts of territory.

“Libya is a place where this could happen in the near term. ISIS controls territory in Libya. They are currently expanding that territory and foreign fighters are beginning to go to Libya to fight with the ISIS group there. I would not be surprised if we woke up one morning and ISIS in Libya had grabbed a large part of Libyan territory. The same kind of blitzkrieg on a smaller scale that we saw in Iraq.” Morell told congressional representatives.

As Western Journalism has reported, Ansar al-Sharia, the local ISIS branch in Libya, is on the march and now controls more than 155 miles of Libya’s coastal plain. The Islamic State group controls many oil fields, and attacked Libya’s oil terminals last week. The ISIS branch also launched a devastating suicide attack on a police academy and continued to try to seize Libya’s oil export terminals this week.

Libya is not the only country that Islamic State wants to bring under its control. In Afghanistan, the local ISIS branch, Wilayat Khorasan, destroyed the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad today. Wilayat Khorasan aims to destabilize the entire region, but especially Pakistan since it possesses nuclear weapons. For this reason, Islamic State chose to set up camp in Jalalabad, which is close to the border with Pakistan.

As for Obama’s remarks about “fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in garages,” the president apparently forgot that the ever-expanding worldwide war against al-Qaeda and now Islamic State (an off-shoot of Al Qaeda in Iraq) started on September 11, 2001, when a bunch of terrorists brought down the Twin Towers in New York after seizing control over civilian airplanes with no more than box cutters.

REPORT: US-led Anti-ISIS Coalition On Verge Of Intervention In Libya After New ISIS Successes In The Country

Algerian newspaper al-Khabar reported this weekend that three Western countries have informed the Algerian government they will soon launch airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya.

Several Arab and Iranian news sites reported the U.S., France and Great Britain have decided to bomb selected Islamic State targets in Libya. Intelligence agencies of both countries and the United Kingdom have already collected and analyzed intelligence on the activities of Islamic State in Libya, a well-informed European source reportedly told al-Khabar.

The airstrikes will target ISIS training camps, command centers and ammunition depots, according to the source, who added the decision to bomb Islamic State targets was taken after the November terrorist attacks in Paris.

Western Journalism was not able to independently verify the al-Khabar report about the impending Western airstrikes in Libya but events in the country over the last month might have influenced the decision to expand the air campaign against Islamic State to Libya.

First there were reports the ISIS branch in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, booked a series of military successes against other rebel groups and government forces. Western Journalism and other U.S. media have reported Islamic State has vastly expanded its hold over territories in Libya and is now controlling more than 155 miles of Libya’s coastal plain.

The Jihadist organization chose to expand its activities to Libya because it’s only 400 miles away from Italy. ISIS wants to use Libya as a beachhead for a future attack on Italy and Spain in southern European. Both countries were part of the early Caliphate and were regarded as an eternal part of the Dar al-Islam (“The house of Islam”) by Islamic State and other Islamist groups.

According to Islamic State’s apocalyptic end-times vision, Italy is destined to become the front in the final battle against the Christian infidels. This battle will take place after three battles in al-Sham (Syria and Israel, in this case). From there, Islamic armies will invade Italy via Libya, and that will be the prelude of the battle for Muslim domination over the rest of the world.

Islamic State already has more than 5,000 fighters in Libya and has effectively become a colony of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Military commanders from Islamic State have been flown in from Syria and Iraq to lead operations in Libya, and the local ISIS leaders take their orders from the Islamic State headquarters in Raqqa, Syria.

Islamic State has seized many oil fields in Libya over the past few months and is earning millions of dollars with its oil trade. Earlier this month, ISIS attacked Libya’s oil tankers in the port city of Es Sider and seven oil terminals in Ras Lanuf. The huge fire in Ras Lanuf was visible from space and images of the fire were transmitted by satellites.

Saturday, Islamic State bombed a major power plant in Benghazi. The plant is the main source of energy in Libya’s second largest city and already was operating at a reduced capacity.

And last week, Islamic State carried out the largest terrorist attack in Libya since the fall of the Khadaffi regime in 2011. After an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up in Ras Lanuf and killed seven people, Islamic State sent a truck bomb to a police training facility in the western city of Zliten in Libya.

The truck bomber killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 100. Islamic State took responsibility for both attacks and said more would follow soon.

The brutal terrorist movement may also be behind the disappearance of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya. The Egyptian authorities announced last week it is investigating reports by local media that the Egyptian citizens could have been kidnapped by ISIS.

The shelling of the oil terminals and the bombing of the police academy in Zliten is an indication that Islamic State is using the same tactics to destabilize and to conquer parts of Libya as it used in Iraq and Syria.

It is also clear the other rebel groups and government forces are not able to stop the rise of ISIS in Libya.

During UN-sponsored talks about the formation of a unity government in Geneva last month, the parties told the U.S. and other powers involved in the battle against Islamic State they didn’t need new foreign intervention in Libya to get rid of ISIS.

If the report about the imminent expansion of the air campaign against Islamic State is true, it shows the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS doesn’t trust the fighting capabilities of the other parties and wants to prevent a repeat of the events in Iraq and Syria during 2014 and 2015.