I know, I know, just blame Bush, or the House GOP — yeah, that’s it.
Because, here’s the latest thing Bush and those pesky House Republicans will be blamed for. According to Al Arabiya news, who reports “Libya’s Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia has said that it seized complete control of Benghazi late on Wednesday, declaring the city an “Islamic emirate.” Ansar al-Sharia is blacklisted by the United States over its alleged role in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, eastern Libya. An official representative for the armed group told a local radio channel that Benghazi is now under its control.”
So that doggone George W. Bush is just letting these Islamists establish caliphates all over the Middle East because of his silly war in Iraq. All this after the brave, heroic Barack Hussein Obama boarded a helicopter, flew into Pakistan and shot Osama bin Laden.
Yes, it was Obama the Great who had al-Qaida on the run and decimated. Somehow, those pesky House Republicans haven’t supported Obama’s agenda and now we have caliphates popping up like pimples on a teenager’s face.
But seriously, in a little over three years we have two Islamic caliphates established. In Iraq, if we’d left a residual force to conduct external cordon security operations we could have precluded the rise of an ISIS. And, well, there was only one person who sought a unilateral decision to provide U.S. material support and resources to Islamists in Libya and now we have four dead Americans, including an Ambassador, and a new caliphate — less than a week after we evacuated Libya.
Now, I’m simply asking the liberal progressive media, do your damn job and report this to the American people. Where is the front page story by the New York Times? Where is the righteous indignation by the progressive socialists? I know, this is “your guy” so he can do anything he wants — as we see by his unilateral decision to release five senior Taliban leaders.
Al Arabiya says “Benghazi has now become an Islamic emirate,” a spokesman, Mohammed al-Zahawi, said to Radio Tawhid. However, Khalifa Haftar, a retired, renegade former army general who earlier this year launched a self-declared campaign to clear the city of Islamist militants, denied the group’s claims. “The national Libyan army is in control of Benghazi and only withdrew from certain positions for tactical reasons,” Haftar told Al Arabiya News Channel.
Withdrawing for tactical reasons? That’s a really cute way of saying retreat.
“The claim that Benghazi is under the control of militias is a lie,” he said. Ansar al-Sharia’s declaration comes a month after jihadist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) announced an “Islamic caliphate” over their territory. Their announcement also comes following two days of fighting in which Islamist fighters and allied militiamen overran an army base in the city.”
Al Arabiya reports (with my commentary) “three years after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi, Libya, an OPEC nation, has failed to control former rebel militias (supplied by the Obama administration) who refuse to disband and threaten the unity of the country. The extent of recent hostilities has increased Western worries that Libya is sliding toward becoming a failed state (caused by an ill-conceived Obama administration intervention) and may once again go to war. Several foreign states have withdrawn their citizens and diplomats from the state (including the United States).
I am just waiting to see the New York Times front page story asking a simple question: why did Obama go into Libya? And don’t give me the “humanitarian crisis” bovine excrement or even the “Gaddafi was a really bad guy” line, because he had been defanged.
Let it be known for the record: Obama went into Libya to support Islamists. End of story.