Libya Heads Towards Full Blown Civil War, NY Times Drags Trump Into It

Here’s the mess Obama left behind with his foolish Libyan adventure

In Libya, fears of full-blown civil war as fighting nears capital Tripoli

Libya edged closer to full-blown civil war on Friday as forces of an eastern commander clashed with pro-government militias near the capital Tripoli and an effort by the U.N. chief failed to stop the offensive.

A battle for control of Tripoli would mark the most significant escalation of violence in oil- and gas-rich Libya since the toppling of Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 following a populist rebellion backed by NATO bombings.

No mention of Obama. Weird, that. Let’s go to the NY Times opinion pages, where they are suddenly cool with American intervention. If they can bash Trump at the same time

Libya Is Entering Another Civil War. America Can Stop It.

Ghassan Salame, the United Nations envoy to Libya, had recently urged opposing Libyan factions to come together at a U.N.-brokered national conference in mid-April to lay the groundwork for elections and pull Libya back from the brink. By ordering his forces toward Tripoli when U.N. Secretary General António Guterres was in the city to help organize the national conference, General Hifter has made his disdain for the peace efforts clear.

The septuagenarian commander, who is backed by the United Arab Emirates, France, Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia, was aiming to scuttle the conference in a brazen bid for power. But he has encountered more resistance than he expected.

Despite appeals from the United Nations for stronger American diplomatic engagement, especially to restrain meddling by General Hifter’s foreign backers, the Trump administration has long been uninterested in Libya. Recently, it seems to be warming to General Hifter, according to foreign diplomats we have spoken with. Such support from the Trump administration aligns well with the White House’s ties to General Hifter’s backers in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, and President Trump’s preference for authoritarian leaders.

So, would this mean that French President Macron also has a preference for authoritarian leaders?

A former officer in Muammar el-Qaddafi’s army, General Hifter broke with the dictator in the 1980s and received C.I.A. support before fleeing to Virginia, where he lived for two decades. He returned to Libya shortly before the NATO intervention in 2011 hoping to lead the revolution against Colonel Qaddafi. Sidelined by the rebels, he re-emerged in 2014, waging a battle against Islamists in the eastern city of Benghazi. After years of fighting, he gained control over eastern Libya. Then he set his sights on Tripoli.

Hifter is against the Islamists, including those in Obama’s “junior varsity” ISIS.

Although the United States has officially backed the Tripoli Government of National Accord, continued American ambivalence on Libya or, worse, active support for General Hifter, could push Libya into greater conflict. This disorder could strengthen the Islamic State, which carried out a spate of attacks in Libya last year.

Would that be the Islamic State which rose when Obama recklessly involved America in the 2011 Libyan civil war?

Anyhow, the Times wants Trump to disavow Hifter, get more involved in talk talk talk, and put sanctions on Hifter. Yeah, that should fix the mess Obama left behind.

The United States cannot solve all of Libya’s manifold problems, but the next several weeks offer a crucial window, and decisive American diplomacy could make all the difference. Without it, Libya risks spiraling into wider violence.

Suddenly, Leftists want Trump to become interventionist. And you can bet they’ll bash him if he does.

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5 Responses to “Libya Heads Towards Full Blown Civil War, NY Times Drags Trump Into It”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    “We came, we saw, he died.” Haha! — Hillary 2011

  2. Conservative Beaner says:

    This is Europe’s problem. They wanted Gaddafi out of the way so let them clean up the mess.

  3. Mangoldielocks says:

    What many don’t really understand is that these MSM outlets are actually pro war. What sells ads more than a war? Who funds these outlets? Corporations. Who gains the most off the spilt blood of our young men and women? Corporatists. They are on both sides of the aisle. As the left pounded the right as being in bed with the rich and corporations it is actually the left who is far deeper in bed with corporations than the right could ever hope to be.

    Now true progressives are anti-corporation, anti-war and anti-big business. However how many MSM outlets are you seeing trashing the WAR as TRUMP attempts to pull out of all of these. that would be ZERO. In fact they are attempting to ratchet up the heat on Trump for wanting to END 17 years of wars where the corporations and the MSM have become filthy rich off the blood or our dead children and the lives of foreigners whose blood we took almost daily in the name of Terrorism.

    I am not a progressive in any way, shape or form but one has to look at the circle jerk that has become the democratic party as they are eating their own. Biden an OLD WHITE NEO LIBERAL, in bed with corporations. Obama telling the progressives to end this circular firing squad. A neo-liberal COROPORATIST.

    In fact right after Obama was elected he was called a socialist and Ron Paul accurately described him saying he is not anything like a socialist. He is a corporatist in bed and doing the bidding of big business and corporations.

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