Who Is Responsible for the Mess in Libya?

How many times have you heard the truism that in modern-day America the cover-up is often as troubling as the crime? That is becoming quite apparent in the case of the death of Chris Stevens, the former U.S. ambassador to Libya. Stevens and three State Department employees were murdered in the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, … Continue reading “Who Is Responsible for the Mess in Libya?”

The Enemy Is Among Us

We are regularly told by interventionists — whether they be U.S. government employees or neoconservative government wannabes — that the United States can readily determine who is friendly and who is not in remote civil wars in the developing world. The first basic rule in any war — whether it be a conventional or counterinsurgency … Continue reading “The Enemy Is Among Us”

Behind the Benghazi Cover-Up

On Sept. 11, scores of men with automatic weapons and RPGs launched a night assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, and set the building ablaze. Using mortars, they launched a collateral attack on a safe house, killing two more Americans, as other U.S. agents fled to the airport. On Sept. … Continue reading “Behind the Benghazi Cover-Up”

The Real Blame for Deaths in Libya

If you prefer charade to reality, inquisition to investigation, trees over forest — the House Government Oversight Committee hearing last Tuesday on “Security Failures of Benghazi” was the thing for you. The hearing was the latest example of the myopic negligence and misfeasance of elected representatives too personally self-absorbed — and politically self-aggrandizing — to … Continue reading “The Real Blame for Deaths in Libya”

Shadow Fighting Erupts Over Gadhafi

CAIRO — Civilians in the town of Bani Walid, 170 km southeast of Tripoli, are facing a humanitarian crisis as Libyan security forces lay siege to the stronghold of Moammar Gadhafi supporters, cutting off water, food, and medical supplies. Local doctors told Amnesty International that on Oct. 4, three vehicles carrying medical supplies, oxygen, and … Continue reading “Shadow Fighting Erupts Over Gadhafi”

Libyan Islamists Cornered, Not Quieted

CAIRO — It could be premature to believe that the storming of Islamist militia bases by Benghazi citizens on Friday could spell the end for Libya’s Islamist militants. Just as it was premature to claim when moderate Libyan political parties took the majority of votes during the July elections that Libya had bucked the Islamist … Continue reading “Libyan Islamists Cornered, Not Quieted”

Anti-American Violence Should Provoke Rethink

The attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four U.S. diplomats, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, is the latest example of tragic blowback from the U.S. government’s interventionist foreign policy in the Islamic world. That it happened on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an even more severe example of such … Continue reading “Anti-American Violence Should Provoke Rethink”

Intervention Backfires in Libya

The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and the killing of the U.S. ambassador and several aides is another tragic example of how our interventionist foreign policy undermines our national security. The more the U.S. tries to control the rest of the world, whether by democracy promotion, aid to foreign governments, or bombs, the … Continue reading “Intervention Backfires in Libya”

Blowback in Benghazi?

The murder of US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other US diplomats at the hands of rioters probably wasn’t just another case of Islamists-gone-wild. The circumstances surrounding this horrific incident — the riot was in reaction to a “film” supposedly made by a mysterious Israeli-American director under what is probably a pseudonym — … Continue reading “Blowback in Benghazi?”

Libya, Egypt Embassy Attacks Fuel US Presidential Race

Tuesday’s attacks by alleged radical Islamists on key U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt propelled foreign policy, however briefly, to the center of the presidential race that has been dominated to date by the state of the economy. Pointing to the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. officials in … Continue reading “Libya, Egypt Embassy Attacks Fuel US Presidential Race”