Something is happening when the civilian officials in the Obama administration openly conflict with the White House talking points on the fight against Islamic jihadism. But you know something is happening when uniformed members of the military, finally, stand up and openly criticize the state of our force readiness and the lack of strategy. Yes, I know what y’all are saying, what took so long?
As reported by the Washington Times, “Rifts have emerged between U.S. military leaders and the Obama White House on Washington’s future role in Libya, with the generals questioning the White House’s argument that the recent success against Islamic State shows Libya can go it alone in the fight against terrorism, without direct U.S. assistance.
Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the White House’s pick to lead U.S. Africa Command, called for increased American military action in Libya to ensure the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, does not reconstitute itself in the country as pressure ramps up against its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
Gen. Waldhauser told a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday that U.S. military planners were drafting up battle plans for airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Libya, Reuters reported. The fledgling unity government in Tripoli has enjoyed surprising success in recent weeks in a campaign against the Islamic State’s stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte. But rules of engagement for U.S. forces in Libya, which require White House approval for any offensive operations in the country, have hamstrung American military planners in the region, according to the report.
Aside from clandestine drone strikes launched from NATO bases in southern Europe and small rotations of U.S. special operations teams working with local militias in Libya, the Pentagon has not conducted any large-scale military mission in the country since the cancellation of a failed train-and-advise operation late last year.
Gen Waldhauser was not the first American combatant commander to call for an increased military role for U.S. forces in Libya. U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing earlier this year that he supported restarting the U.S.-led training mission in the country.
In May, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters that an agreement with Libya’s Government of National Accord, the U.N.-recognized governing body in the country, to open the door for new U.S. operations in the country was weeks from being ratified. At the time, Gen. Dunford said the situation in Libya had deteriorated to the point where Washington and the international community had little choice but to act.
“They want assistance, [and] you know that a number of countries, including the United States, are prepared to do that,” Gen. Dunford said in May. The only thing preventing U.S. officials from going forward was determining whether or not local forces could coalesce around the nascent Libyan government, he noted.”
Y’all remember Libya, right? You know, that place Obama said we had to intervene in order to prevent a massive humanitarian crisis — not no Syria. Obama, in complete violation of the war powers act, basically outsourced our air power and intelligence gathering capability to support Islamic jihadists in the overthrow of Muammar Gadhafi.
Now, let’s be honest, he wasn’t the nicest fella, but he had surrendered his weapons of mass destruction program. We have tapes and proof that he was willing to step down, along with his son, and depart the country. But that wasn’t good enough for Obama, who again appeared so willing to provide material support and comfort to the enemy, Islamic jihadists — by way of arms. And of course we now know the city of Sirte has now become the base of operations and center of gravity for ISIS in Libya.
The deteriorating situation in Libya is a direct result of Obama’s ill-conceived intervention there. And we know the covert CIA operation in Libya, namely Benghazi, was intended for a weapons recovery (buy back) program with the objective for those weapons to be funneled to more Islamic jihadists, in Syria.
Now, if this was all happening during a Republican administration, the liberal progressive media would be screaming from the rafters — heck, they still attack Reagan over Iran-Contra. But this is “their guy” and he can do no wrong. Things are slowly unraveling right before Obama’s eyes, but the leftist media will not expose him — or Hillary Clinton — on the issue.
There are estimates of 5,000-6,000 ISIS fighters in Libya, which provides a conundrum for a country which was once a very close ally — Egypt. Now, President al-Sisi finds himself contending internally with the Muslim Brotherhood along with ISIS-associated jihadist forces to his east in the Sinai and to the west in Libya. And to the north, Egypt must contend with Hamas, which will find itself better financed and supplied thanks to the billions of dollars released to Iran by, guess who? Yep, Barack Obama.
And President Obama becomes infuriated when people question his loyalties? His policies and actions speak volumes; no one is paying attention to his teleprompter talking points anymore. Doggone, what I find so ironic is that Obama has done so much to arm Islamic jihadists in his tenure while he seeks to disarm Americans. How very odd and perplexing. Gee, I wonder why no one else has presented that interesting little tidbit.
Don’t challenge me on that because ISIS is certainly hamming it up with U.S. military equipment. And that failed “train and advise” program in Libya — guess what? They left the weapons and equipment there. Hmm, why does Obama refuse to provide the same arms and equipment to the Kurds or the Egyptians?
Yes, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton abandoned Americans to die in Libya, and then lied about it. And for the life of me, I find it unconscionable that it does not matter. Where are those CIA station workers who were there during that attack, with direct arms and mortars? Where are the State Department security officials who were there?
The next presidential administration will have the challenge of rebuilding our military while it is in contact with the enemy who has been aided and abetted by the president of the United States, Barack Obama — it happened on his watch, and Libya is a direct result of a failed Obama policy. Then again, if it’s a Hillary Clinton administration, we’ll be getting more of the same.
The dark specter of Libya is not going away. Funny, all these generations after Pressley O’Bannon of the Marines landed and assaulted Derma…we’re still dealing with Islamic jihadists in the country now known as Libya. Then it was the Barbary pirates; today it’s ISIS.