This snippet from a CNN feature story after the fall of Libya's strongman Moammar Gadhafi put the whole gambit in Libya into proper political perspective:
"The fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is a significant foreign policy triumph for U.S. President Barrack Obama." It further went on to say "Gadhafi's utter defeat seemingly put new wind in the sails of humanitarian intervention."
This was to be the "good" foreign policy military intervention for the administration to show us how it's done.
Hillary Clinton sealed the deal for the removal of Gadahfi when she stated: "left unchecked, Gadahfi will commit unspeakable atrocities."
National Security Council Senior Director Samantha Power, led the drafting of PSD-10, the Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities, used as the policy justification to topple Gadahfi.
So there was a lot of prestige riding on the decision to remove Gadahfi by the Obama administration and see a triumphant Libya blossom under a new government.
Although Gadahfi was brutal in his attempts to stifle dissension, there were also many reasons to leave the country alone and let it settle its own differences without interfering.
Gadahfi had become an ally in the terror war and was providing valuable intelligence to us ...He had even given up his nuclear ambitions to show his sincerity. Under Gadahfis 40 year rule, Libya became one of the most prosperous and peaceful countries in Africa.
But the decision was made to get rid of Gadahfi by the Obama administration. After his regime collapsed, his arsenals were left unguarded and an estimated 20 thousand shoulder launched missiles & countless high powered weapons, were let into the hands of terrorists and extremists. Israel reported these missiles were right on their border.
Military experts say to leave these arsenals unguarded was a grievous error in planning and should have been taken into account by the Obama administration when they moved to help topple Gadahfi.
The looting of the arsenals was downplayed and ominously, so was the emergence of strong militant groups linked to Al Qaeda and Islamic radicals, evidently unforeseen by the Obama administration.
But to give the air of success and normalcy, especially with a presidential election on the horizon, evidently it was felt best to keep a low profile for embassy security in Libya....In spite of repeated requests by the soon to be murdered ambassador Stevens for more force to protect him.
Eight months after the attack on our consulate, many of the key players involved in the decisions on Libya have distanced themselves from the administration. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has retired, so have Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and CIA Director David Petraeus. Senior National Security Advisor, Samantha Power & UN Ambassador Susan Rice, both resigned to "spend more time with their families." Many of the top military commanders in that region of the world have been replaced.
Eight months after the murder of our ambassador and 3 other Americans, no one has been brought to justice, as President Obama promised.
With the announcement of new Congressional hearings on Benghazi coming at the beginning of May and the promise whistle blowers will be testifying, perhaps we will be seeing someone brought to justice soon.
- First published April 30, 2013 under the title: They say success has many fathers, but Benghazi Libya is the orphan on the White House step
Ed Farnan lives in the US and has been writing articles and opinion pieces as a conservative/liberterian for years.
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