LIBYA. . WAS THIS WELL THOUGHT OUT?
In over our heads?
When Obama gave his speech to explain America’s participation in the rebel war in Libya, it almost seemed like he thought he was done, and it was over, a fait accompli.
He saw, he bombed, he conquered and he was very proud of his own actions. His humanity and his own compassion were on display. Some folks may have swooned. Now he can dust himself off, turn it over to someone else and go on to more pressing matters. Like?
His exact words were, “I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively, and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies, and our core interests,”
One must examine those four areas he says we are defending: our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests and try to understand how any of these have been threatened.
Perhaps the president didn’t hear the cheers arising from the al Qaeda camp when he joined in the Libyan conflict.
Anwar al-Alwaki, al Qaeda cleric said, “Our mujahedeen brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation." (definition of Mujahedeen is: Muslim guerrilla warriors engaged in a jihad.) Alwaki is the American born jihadist that everyone hoped had been killed and once said, “Jihad is becoming as American as apple pie and as British as afternoon tea.” He apparently is still alive and hiding in Yemen.
Obama has stated publicly that Gadaffi must go. With all due respect Mr. President, Gadaffi doesn’t give a rat’s behind what you think he should do. Warplanes have been busy bombing and cruise missiles have flying into Tripoli for two weeks and Gadaffi fights on.
Is this a tribal war and whom exactly are we helping? Can we believe the reports coming from the rebels for whom we are spending millions and millions of American tax- payer dollars and risking American lives? Already they are claiming victories where there have been none, exaggerating their progress and so- called brutality from the loyalists. They have no problem lying about their activities.
We’ve all seen pictures of the rebels, riding around in their pick up trucks, shooting rifles randomly in the air, and grinning and waving to the cameras. They are unskilled and without help from NATO they will not succeed. Gadaffi’s troops are trained and well armed. Also Gadaffi has a lot of money stashed away with which to pay millions of people to defend his cities and he has the weapons to arm his well- paid fighters.
What do we have if and when NATO and the rebels succeed in driving Gadaffi from Libya?
Well, here is a quote from Front Page Magazine, as told to AP by Abdel-Salam Rigayi a rebel. “We want a society based on the Koran. Freedom of religion—we don’t want it. We want the freedom to practice our religion, but we don’t want freedom for Jews and Christians and to have naked women and alcohol.”
Hakim al Hasadi commands a rebel group in Libya and he claims to have been the recruiter behind 25 jihadists whose job was to kill Americans in Iraq. How many of these jihadists are we helping?
Now that we are committed and up to our necks in their civil war we are sending in CIA agents to find out exactly whom we are assisting. That may seem backward to some of us.
In other words the insurgency is home to some very anti-American jihadists who would love to get their hands on some high tech armaments they could turn on America and Israel after the Libyan war concludes. Many of these rebels have been busy for years killing Americans and their allies. It could be that with Gadaffi gone, the West will be in even more danger.
And one may ask, Mr. President how has this protected our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests?
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