What have NATO and Obama wrought in Libya?

Nothing we could call good:

AlQaedaFlagOverLibyaIt was here at the courthouse in Benghazi where the first spark of the Libyan revolution ignited. It’s the symbolic seat of the revolution; post-Gaddafi Libya’s equivalent of Egypt’s Tahrir Square. And it was here, in the tumultuous months of civil war, that the ragtag rebel forces established their provisional government and primitive, yet effective, media center from which to tell foreign journalists about their “fight for freedom.”

But according to multiple eyewitnesses—myself included—one can now see both the Libyan rebel flag and the flag of al Qaeda fluttering atop Benghazi’s courthouse.

According to one Benghazi resident, Islamists driving brand-new SUVs and waving the black al Qaeda flag drive the city’s streets at night shouting, “Islamiya, Islamiya! No East, nor West,” a reference to previous worries that the country would be bifurcated between Gaddafi opponents in the east and the pro-Gaddafi elements in the west.

Earlier this week, I went to the Benghazi courthouse and confirmed the rumors: an al Qaeda flag was clearly visible; its Arabic script declaring that “there is no God but Allah” and a full moon underneath. When I tried to take pictures, a Salafi-looking guard, wearing a green camouflage outfit, rushed towards me and demanded to know what I was doing. My response was straightforward: I was taking a picture of the flag. He gave me an intimidating look and hissed, “Whomever speaks ill of this flag, we will cut off his tongue. I recommend that you don’t publish these. You will bring trouble to yourself.”

A week ago, Obama was touting his foreign policy leadership:

President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to cast himself as a strong leader on foreign policy, highlighting a U.S. pullout from Iraq and the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as success stories.

In a message Obama is likely to push in his 2012 re-election campaign, he said his leadership had made it possible to turn the page on a decade of war and refocus on bolstering the U.S. economy and paying down the national debt.

Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that Gaddafi’s death and the announcement that all U.S. troops would be removed from Iraq this year were “powerful reminders of how we’ve renewed American leadership in the world.”

Seriously?

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  • Anonymous

    “powerful reminders of how we’ve renewed American leadership in the world.”Hahahahahahaha!!!!!  Yeah, right.  The world is eating out of our hand.

  • Anonymous

    From Vice Magazine? 

    Arabs like their vices and music too much to live under Salafi rule.  The only thing that keeps Saudi going is that Saudis can drive to Bahrain or the UAE and have a booze-up on Thursday nights. 

    • Anonymous

      Only muslim’s don’t drink.

      Good job Barry Unitus!

    • Anonymous

      You’ll see how much Muslims don’t drink if you go to Buddha Bar in Dubai or the Nile Hilton rooftop bar in Cairo or any cheap hotel bar in Manama at 3am on a Friday.  They don’t drink themselves into unconsciousness with JWB bottle service.

      • Sure, but the ones who drink aren’t blowing stuff up and beheading infidels. 

        We never really had a problem with the MINOs . . .

      • Anonymous

        I seem to remember in Kuwait the men would sit around on blankets in the desert next to their air conditioned tents circled by their Mercedes while their wives ate out at nice fancy restaurants in town.  A more “enlightened” Arab culture in a country that imported 80% of the population to work for the privileged 20% of citizens.  The Saudi’s hated them.

  • Anonymous

    Unexpected ™

    • Anonymous

      “ly”

  • Anonymous

    What Barry has wrought no debt ceiling may tear asunder.

    • Anonymous

      What 0-bama hath wrought may not be un-wrought.
      RLD

      • You can’t unrot the rot, whoever wrought the rot, all you can do is cut it out.

        • Anonymous

          Or separate it from its tit sucking tendencies.

  • Anonymous

    With State being led by Clinton, who had no foreign policy experience other than her vacations to foreign countries, and a CIC with no experience at all it’s no wonder that their intentions are seemingly ‘goodhearted’ yet end up with unintended consequences. They haven’t quite figured out that when there is a power vacuum someone or group will step in to fill it. In this case the one group, AQ, most desperate to seize as much control as possible in the ME, has been handed a gift on a silver platter, Libya. 

  • Anonymous

    None of the world’s pathologically-ingrate western nation states realize how much more they’ll hate and fear a world in which America is not the world’s policeman than they have hated and loathed the world in which we were. 

    And then there is the other 80% of the world’s population and its barbarian states.

    In which billions of Humans live as did their ancestors.

    Three thousand years ago. 

  • It appears that this flag has been misinterpreted.  Look in the comments on the Vice.com article for posts from a guy named Matthew Milan who claims to be in Benghazi. If you click on the link to his Facebook page from the Vice.com article, you’ll see an even more in-depth discussion about the flag.

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