With those eight words, Hillary Clinton brushed aside any culpability in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Steven and those who died with him in Benghazi. She made it 100 percent crystal clear that just because Ambassador Stevens was HER employee did not mean that she had any responsibility in protecting him or his staff. She, like Pontius Pilate before her, washed her hands of any responsibility or culpability for the deaths of Ambassador Stevens, Glen Doherty or Tyrone Woods. Hillary Clinton and Barack Insane Obama utterly trashed Libya, there is simply no other honest way to describe their intervention in Libya.
The last time the West decided to punish an Arab dictator from 30,000 feet, we ended up with a failed state in North Africa, and created a playground for al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist networks on the Mediterranean. If that sounds familiar, that just means readers have paid attention to Libya as well as Syria, and so has the UK newspaper Independent. Patrick Cockburn reports that the collapse in Libya is worse than anyone wants to admit, with an oil industry that has utterly stalled and a prime minister threatening to bomb his own ports:
Libya has almost entirely stopped producing oil as the government loses control of much of the country to militia fighters.
Mutinying security men have taken over oil ports on the Mediterranean and are seeking to sell crude oil on the black market. Ali Zeidan, Libya’s Prime Minister, has threatened to “bomb from the air and the sea” any oil tanker trying to pick up the illicit oil from the oil terminal guards, who are mostly former rebels who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi and have been on strike over low pay and alleged government corruption since July.
As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago. Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country putting in doubt claims by American, British and French politicians that Nato’s military action in Libya in 2011 was an outstanding example of a successful foreign military intervention which should be repeated in Syria.
In an escalating crisis little regarded hitherto outside the oil markets, output of Libya’s prized high-quality crude oil has plunged from 1.4 million barrels a day earlier this year to just 160,000 barrels a day now. Despite threats to use military force to retake the oil ports, the government in Tripoli has been unable to move effectively against striking guards and mutinous military units that are linked to secessionist forces in the east of the country.
Libyans are increasingly at the mercy of militias which act outside the law. Popular protests against militiamen have been met with gunfire; 31 demonstrators were shot dead and many others wounded as they protested outside the barracks of “the Libyan Shield Brigade” in the eastern capital Benghazi in June.
The oil issue is the biggest concern, and not because of the falling production. If militias seize the terminals, they could use the oil to fund their efforts directly. Many of those militias are either affiliated or allied with al-Qaeda, and that income would provide a huge boost to their asymmetrical operations. This is precisely why action against Qaddafi was so dangerous, and we aren’t far from that scenario now.
That’s right, you read that correctly, Barack Insane Obama and Hillary Clinton put Libya’s oil production in the hands of Al Qaeda. It’s just a matter of time now before those Al Qaeda terrorists figure out a way to start making billions of dollars off the Libyan oil. Billions of dollars that will be used to fund their terrorist activities all around the world. And when that does take place, you can thank Barack Insane Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Now, having transformed one stable if uncomfortable Arab dictatorship into a terrorist paradise, they are trying to repeat their Libyan success in Syria.
As someone (can’t remember who) said on Twitter, imagine if Hillary were still SoS and had to sell this shinolapile on TV today instead of Kerry. Good lord. She quit just in time.
But yes, she’s onboard. Mark your scorecard.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backs President Barack Obama’s move to urge Congress to back a targeted effort in Syria, in the first comments from her camp since the president unveiled his plan, POLITICO has learned.
“Secretary Clinton supports the President’s effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime’s horrific use of chemical weapons,” a Clinton aide told POLITICO.
That’s the safe move, actually, despite Democratic voters’ opposition to intervention. If she comes out against the attack and then, against all odds, it somehow succeeds, she looks like an opportunistic chump while Biden, her presumptive rival for the nomination, looks smart and resolute for backing it. If she backs it herself and things go to hell, well, whatever — so did Joe, so did Pelosi, so did Boehner and Cantor, and so will many congressional Democrats and Republicans. She tried to hide in a crowd once before in voting to invade Iraq and now she’s doing it again. Plus, chances are good that the GOP will nominate someone in 2016 who’s at least moderately hawkish himself, in which case this statement won’t matter. Only if Rand Paul’s the nominee will there be a strong contrast on foreign policy, and in that case Hillary can count on some Republican superhawks like McCain to cross the aisle and support her in antipathy to him. Only if Syria turns into a prolonged clusterfark would she pay a price vis-a-vis Paul, and I doubt O will let that happen. He’s not going to bleed away what little is left of his legacy on an intervention he doesn’t want to undertake in the first place. He’ll order a round of strikes to do some damage to Assad, then hope the retaliation isn’t too vicious and declare victory. End of Syria saga. I think.
Jim Geraghty over at National review reckons that the Obama/Hillary “Smart Power” now lies in ruins.
Welcome back from Labor Day weekend. From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
Democrats Suddenly Realize What They Miscalculated About the World: Everything
As we await Congress’s decision on authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria, Democrats are suddenly realizing that their foreign-policy brain-trust completely misjudged the world.
Being nicer to countries like Russia will not make them nicer to you. The United Nations is not an effective tool for resolving crises. Some foreign leaders are beyond persuasion and diplomacy. There is no “international community” ready to work together to solve problems, and there probably never will be.
You can pin this on Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Susan Rice, but most of all, the buck stops with the president. Those of us who scoffed a bit at a state senator ascending to the presidency within four years on a wave of media hype and adoration are not quite so shocked by this current mess. We never bought into this notion that getting greater cooperation from our allies, and less hostility from our enemies, was just a matter of giving this crew the wheel and letting them practice, as Hillary Clinton arrogantly declared it, “smart power.” (These people can’t even label a foreign-policy approach without reminding us of how highly they think of themselves.) They looked out at the world at the end of the Bush years, and didn’t see tough decisions, unsolvable problems, unstable institutions, restless populations, technology enabling the impulse to destabilize existing institutions, evil men hungry for more power, and difficult trade-offs. No, our problems and challengers were just a matter of the previous hands running U.S. foreign policy not being smart enough.
News Flash for Jim Geraghty and anyone else to stupid to recognize this train wreck even before it hit their house. It isn’t “Smart Power” that lies in ruins, it’s every damned thing that those wielding the “Smart Power” touched, that lies in ruins. Like Libya and like Syria will be when these arrogant narcissist asshole are done, will be.
Nobody is suggesting that Syria is or ever was a paradise, well not in the last 2500 years anyway. The more important point, is that like Libya, Syria was a relatively stable if somewhat by western standards oppressive Arab dictatorship under Bashar Assad. The Christians, Jews and other indigenous non Muslims were not having their homes, churches and business burned to the ground and they were not being murdered in the streets by the tens of thousands under the dictators Gaddafi or Assad.
Terrorist attacks were not daily or hourly events, the economies were not below even third world standards and fear did not rule both the day and night in either of those nations. Now as a direct and indisputable consequence of the Obama/Clinton application of “Smart Power”, with their political and financial backing of the Arab Spring, Libya is Al Qaeda/The Muslim Brotherhoods play ground and training camp, and soon to be the wellspring of their world wide terrorism financing. Barack Insane Obama and Hillary “What difference, at this point, does it make” Clinton are desperate to spread this example of the fine success of “Smart Power” to Syria.
Barack Insane Obama and Hillary Clinton have metaphorically if not literally thrown wide open the gates of Hell and invited hells hordes to come out and feast upon the citizens of the Middle East. Not since Adolph Hitler attempted to conquer the world has any world super power been so responsible for so much senseless wanton death and destruction.