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May 25, 2014|
In 2011, an administration enamored of the ability of American military power to right the world's wrongs — inspired, no doubt, by the success of the previous administration's foreign interventions — chose to back an uprising in North Africa against a longtime dictator.
NATO warplanes and special forces were deployed to assist rebels fighting to depose Moamar Ghadafi, and military weaponry, including anti-aircraft guns, were shipped to these same militant groups.
After successfully overthrowing Ghadafi, the country has fallen into chaos — prey to the same fighters once hailed as liberators by hubris-driven politicians.
These various — and plentiful — armed groups, no longer unified by a single purpose, fractured into a plethora of feudal authorities loyal to powerful warlords. These groups plan attacks on other countries and arm foreign terrorist groups; they attack foreign consulates; they kidnap foreign ambassadors and diplomats; they even kidnapped their own prime minister.
They fight each other, they fight the nascent government forces, they fight civilians, and they fight the parliament.
In the last few days, a rogue Libyan general named Khalifa Hifter staged a possible coup attempt. The Libyan government is so incompetent, it is now calling on the militias to fight him.
And the consequences of President Obama's Africa exploits reverberate beyond Libya. Remember Boko Haram — the terror group kidnapping girls in Nigeria? The First Lady looks very concerned here, very edgy. But those psychopaths got a nice boost from her husband's blunder in Libya, as weapons now "flood" from that country into Nigeria.
John "Bomb Iran" McCain's solution? More of the same.
US Africa Command (AFRICOM) has been quite busy over the last few years, conducting over 500 military operations on the continent in 2013 alone — in part because of the destabilizing affect the 2011 Libya intervention has had, alongside earlier US interventions in Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Somalia.
Should things continue deteriorating in Libya, the US government may have some more intervening to do. Let's hope that's where it ends — the better for those living there.