What’s Next for US-Libyan Relations?

After Moammar Gadhafi’s demise, the future of Libya’s relationship with the United States remains uncertain. Libya ousted its longtime leader in essentially a civil war in which the U.S. and NATO backed one side. This is a stark contrast with the independent and largely nonviolent revolutionary processes that led to the ouster of dictators in … Continue reading “What’s Next for US-Libyan Relations?”

Libya: The Bizarro War

Note: Take a look at my commentary on the death of Osama bin Laden here. Flying unopposed over Libyan airspace, NATO’s fighter planes bombed the residence of the Gadhafi family, killing his youngest son and three grandchildren. What a glorious victory for the defenders of innocent civilians! The NATO-crats, of course, deny targeting either Gadhafi … Continue reading “Libya: The Bizarro War”

The Arab Awakening, Hijacked?

News of a rift in the Libyan rebel ranks, as reported in the Washington Post, underscores much about what is wrong with US/NATO intervention in Libya: “When asked who was commanding the army, one career soldier, Ramzi Ali Mohammad, 31, said, ‘Khalifa Haftar.’ “’No, no,’ said another, Abdel Salam Mohammad Ali, 52, a corporal who … Continue reading “The Arab Awakening, Hijacked?”

A Foolish and Unconstitutional War

“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” So said constitutional scholar and Sen. Barack Obama in December 2007—the same man who, this weekend, ordered U.S. air and missile strikes on Libya … Continue reading “A Foolish and Unconstitutional War”

Libya: Five Reasons Not to Intervene

As Moammar Gadhafi’s thugs move toward Benghazi, the rebel stronghold, and the provisional government calls for arms and other assistance from the West – principally the United States – we are told to put all doubts aside and simply respond to the alleged moral imperative of preventing a slaughter. This, intone the interventionists, is an … Continue reading “Libya: Five Reasons Not to Intervene”

It’s Their War, Not Ours

Before the United States plunges into a third war in the Middle East, let us think this one through, as we did not the last two. What would be the purpose of establishing a no-fly zone over Libya? According to advocates, to keep Moammar Gadhafi from using his air force to attack civilians. But if … Continue reading “It’s Their War, Not Ours”

A Crazy Prophet

“Why don’t the masses stream to the square here, too, and throw Bibi out?” my taxi driver exclaimed when we were passing Rabin Square. The wide expanse was almost empty, with only a few mothers and their children enjoying the mild winter sun. The masses will not stream to the square, and Benjamin Netanyahu can … Continue reading “A Crazy Prophet”