While President Obama is whacking golf balls from one end of Martha’s Vineyard to the other, the Caliphate is reaching ever deeper into one of his many Middle East mistakes, this one called Libya.
As you remember, former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi was about to brutally crush a rebellion in his country when we got involved, albeit from the back seat, and turned the side so that the Jeffersonian Democratic Party in Libya could take the reins and bring freedom to all.
Except there was no Jeffersonian Democratic Party in Libya. What there was instead away a nest of vipers seething underneath, which Qaddafi had kept under wraps for us, and who are now rampaging thought the countryside and doing something Qaddafi hadn’t in years – threatening our national security.
According to the Washington Times:
While the American-led campaign against the Islamic State has focused on Syria and Iraq, the terror group’s burgeoning spread into North Africa is prompting increased unease among European and Arab powers wary of the extremists’ growing hold on territory in the political vacuum in Libya.
With hundreds of thousands of Libyans fleeing across the Mediterranean during recent years because of the chaos and lack of security in their homeland, Italy’s foreign minster warned on Monday that the war-torn nation risks turning into “another Somalia.”
Italy joined other European nations and the Obama administration over the weekend in condemning the Islamic State’s rise in Libya, while a group of Arab powers are weighing whether to open a campaign of airstrikes targeting the group across several Libyan cities and towns.
Now, mea culpa, I supported Obama’s decision to take out Qaddafi. I think I let my anger over his dictatorship and his killing of Americans over Lockerbie get the best of me. It is one of the worst mistakes I’ve made writing for White House Dossier, and I regret it.
But that doesn’t make this any less of an error by Obama. I mean, it’s not like he was taking advice form me. And he has never acknowledged his mistake or learned anything from it, far as I can tell.
Unless bad guys are threatening us, leave them alone. These countries have bad guys running them for a reason. For whatever reason, the world’s older cultures have remained about where they were thousands of years ago. It’s not our business to bring them into the modern world unless they present a threat.