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Manchester Can Thank Obama and Clinton for Making Libya A Terrorist Haven

The latest news indicates that the British-born citizen of Libyan extraction who committed terrorist bombing in Manchester this week had ties to Islamists in his parent’s home country.

Now you remember who is responsible for the situation in Libya, don’t you?

From the Washington Post:

In Libya, meanwhile, an official said counterterrorism authorities have arrested at least two members of the family of the bomber, Salman Abedi, including a younger brother suspected of planning an attack in Libya’s main city, Tripoli.

Ahmed Dagdoug, spokesman for Libya’s counterterrorism Reda Force, said Hashem Abedi was arrested Tuesday and is suspected of “planning to stage an attack in Tripoli.” Abedi’s father, Ramadan, was arrested Wednesday.

Dagdoug said Hashem was also in frequent contact with his brother Salman in Manchester and was aware of the plans to attack the concert.

It was unclear whether Abedi’s family were a key part of the network planning the Manchester attack, but authorities were increasingly exploring the emerging connections between Britain and Libya.

Muammar Qaddafi was a brutal dictator. But at the moment in 2011 when Barack Obama and his incompetent Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, decided to remove him from power, he wasn’t bothering the United States. In fact, he was acting pretty friendly and had given up his nuclear weapons program, and he was obviously keeping a lid on Islamic extremism within his own country.

Hillary Clinton with Hijab

President Trump, of course, is getting attacked for being too friendly with Middle East satraps and failing to fully harangue them about their human rights records. But Trump has the right idea. This is a barbaric corner of the world, and only nasty operators can keep the savagery at bay and from becoming organized in a way that it comes to get us.

We’ve seen this in Libya, Iraq, and Syria, and we will see it elsewhere if we undermine friendly Arab leaders. We saw it in Egypt until Egyptian President Sisi stepped in and solved the problem.

Sure, we should push for reform in these societies. But the priority has to be having people in charge who can maintain order and keep terrorism at bay. The “underlying problems” in these cultures are not going to be fixed by allowing and abetting revolutions that put Islamists in power or that create chaos that permits Islamists to thrive.

The Latest Islamist State to Begin Rising Under Obama

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.

State Department: Stay out of Libya

Well, looks like things are working out great in the wake of our Libya adventure.

The State Department has issued a “travel warning” telling Americans not to go to Libya and advising those who are there to RUN FOR YOUR LIVES.

From the bulletin:

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. Due to security concerns, the Department of State has limited staffing at Embassy Tripoli and is only able to offer very limited emergency services to U.S. citizens in Libya.

The security situation in Libya remains unpredictable and unstable. The Libyan government has not been able to adequately build its military and police forces and improve security following the 2011 revolution. Many military-grade weapons remain in the hands of private individuals, including antiaircraft weapons that may be used against civilian aviation.

Crime levels remain high in many parts of the country. In addition to the threat of crime, various groups have called for attacks against U.S. citizens and U.S. interests in Libya. Extremist groups in Libya have made several specific threats this year against U.S. government officials, citizens, and interests in Libya.

Now if I’m thinking, if I were an Islamist terrorist in need of some decent training, would I travel to Libya or Syria now, or wait until 2016 and go to Afghanistan?

Obama Appoints New Libya Ambassador

President Obama today nominated career diplomat Deborah Jones to be U.S. Ambassador to Libya.

Deborah K. JonesJones of course would replace the late Christopher Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi by terrorists last year.

Jones served as ambassador to Kuwait from 2008-2011. She has wide-ranging experience, having served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey and on other assignments in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Baghdad, Iraq; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Damascus, Syria.

She currently is Scholar-in-Residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.

According top her State Department bio, she is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in history (magna cum laude) and a distinguished graduate of the National War College of the National Defense University with an M.S. in national security strategy. She speaks Arabic, Spanish and French.

And she’s a brave woman.

Hillary Takes the Fall

My God, what happened to “The buck stops here?” Long ago tossed in the Oval Office trash basket and carted away by the West Wing housekeepers.

The president is ultimately responsible for our foreign policy and whatever results from it. Obama has spent so much time professing sympathy for the anti-U.S. grievances of the world, coddling our enemies, dissing our allies, and retreating from our commitments – is it any wonder a group of Islamist murderers thought they could get away with an attack on U.S. sovereign soil in Libya?

I guess Hillary felt she was doing her duty as a Democrat, and that she’d be respected in 2016 during the primaries for trying to save Obama and looking like a big girl.

She bears responsibility, sure. But she does not bear full responsibility. President Obama does. Oh, and The Joker too.

October Surprise?

Or necessary retribution?

From the Associated Press:

The White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to strike militant targets from Libya to Mali — if investigators can find the al-Qaida-linked group responsible for the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya.

But officials say the administration, with weeks until the presidential election, is weighing whether the short-term payoff of exacting retribution on al-Qaida is worth the risk that such strikes could elevate the group’s profile in the region, alienate governments the U.S. needs to fight it in the future and do little to slow the growing terror threat in North Africa.

I want these guys feeling our wrath. But I’m a little suspicious of military strikes in October of presidential elections years, you know?

Benghazi Consulate Scandal Grows

The scandal involving the possible failure of the Obama administration to adequately provide for the security of the Benghazi consulate, where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed Sept. 11, took a new turn today as Republicans revealed that the mission in Libya was denied resources in response to requests for more protection.

In a letter to Secretary of State Clinton, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he will hold a hearing Oct. 10 to consider the pre-attack security situation in Benghazi, where threats to foreigners had been on the rise.

Based on information provided to the Committee by individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya, the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012 . . .

In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.

The letter demands that State Department officials appear before the committee and that State produce documents describing its actions and the information it had prior to the attack.

In an article today, Wall Street Journal foreign affairs opinion writer Brett Stephens referred to the Benghazi attack as Obama’s “3 am phone call,” a reference to the foreign crisis call then-candiate Hillary Clinton predicted Obama would get as president and be unprepared to respond to.

Except it occurred at 5 pm, Stephens notes.

That’s when the White House was made aware of an attack on the consulate and decided not too send in reinforcements for fear of upsetting the Libyans. He quotes Wall Street Journal reporting:

There was no serious consideration at that hour of intervention with military force, officials said. Doing so without Libya’s permission could represent a violation of sovereignty and inflame the situation, they said. Instead, the State Department reached out to the Libyan government to get reinforcements to the scene.

With important information like this emerging, White House and Obama campaign charges that Republicans are trying to politicize the crisis won’t work.

Instead, the Obama campaign now has its own 3 am phone call to deal with.

WashPost: Security at Libyan Consulate “Lax”

The Washington Post is reporting that security at the consulate in Benghazi was lax at the time of the attack on Sept. 11, that American officials underestimated the threat, and that they were warned about it.

From the article:

U.S. officials appear to have underestimated the threat facing both the ambassador and other Americans. They had not reinforced the American mission to meet strict safety standards for government buildings overseas. Nor had they posted a U.S. Marine detachment, as at other missions in high-threat regions.

A U.S. military team assigned to establish security at the new embassy in Tripoli, in a previously undisclosed detail, was never instructed to fortify the temporary hub in the east. Instead, a small local guard force was hired by a British private security firm as part of a contract worth less than half of what it costs to deploy a single U.S. soldier in Afghanistan for a year . . .

Days before the ambassador’s visit, a Libyan security official had warned an American diplomat that foreigners should keep a low profile in Benghazi because of growing threats. Other Westerners had fled the city, and the British had closed their consulate.

This is a growing crisis for the White House and one that finally appears to be getting the serious attention of the mainstream media. It may have an important impact on the campaign.

What’s more, it’s one of those stories in which details will continue to drip out for weeks. That is, it’s not going away before Election Day, and it undermines one of Obama’s key strengths – foreign policy.

Top Republican: Benghazi Attack Planned, Security Lax

The top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee said Thursday that the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was a premeditated terrorist attack, expressing shock that the administration hadn’t provided better security at the outpost. “I’m just stunned and appalled that there wasn’t better security for all of the American personnel at that… Continue Reading

Carney: Libyan Consulate Attack was Terrorism

After first suggesting the attack on the Libyan consulate was a spontaneous reaction to a movie depicting Mohammed, then saying maybe some bad actors took advantage of a movie protest, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today said the assault that killed our ambassador was indeed a terrorist attack. I think, self-evident that what happened… Continue Reading

So When Does the Investigation Begin?

See, this is the difference in how the press covers Republicans and Democrats. If George W. Bush were president, you’d be reading bracing articles and urgent commentary about HOW IN THE WORLD could our ambassador to Libya have possibly been killed by these thugs?? Instead of, you know, endless discussion about the timing of his… Continue Reading

Obama to Deliver a Statement

President Obama will deliver a statement this morning in the Rose Garden on the killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americas at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Secretary of State Clinton will also be on hand for the remarks, which are scheduled to begin at 10:35 am ET. Obama earlier today… Continue Reading