“If a camel once pokes his nose in your tent, his body will surely follow”
Oh my, the Obama administration clown car still hasn’t run out gas (unfortunately). Looks like they’re busily at work trying to stand up another ME tin pot dictator in Libya. Time (30 May article) ran “Libyan General with U.S Passport Wages War on Islamist Extremists”, referring to General Khalifa Hifter, US passport holder from Virginia, where he has lived for decades:
“Into the chaos of post-revolution Libya rides Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a former confidant of Muammar Gaddafi with a U.S. passport and a reputed history with the CIA. A resident of northern Virginia until the 2011 revolution that deposed his old boss, Hifter, 71, returned to his homeland and, after a couple of embarrassing personal setbacks, recently persuaded elements of the military forces to join him in battling the most extreme of the many armed militias operating in Libya today.”
The more things change (and the wondrous Arab Spring showers continue), the more some failed foreign policy quick fixes stay the same. Thomas Friedman, oddly enough in agreement with and quoting Victor Davis Hanson’s thoughts on US foreign policy, in a 2012 piece, “A Festival of Lies” states:
“Let us review the various American policy options for the Middle East over the last few decades,” Hanson wrote. “Military assistance or punitive intervention without follow-up mostly failed. The verdict on far more costly nation-building is still out. Trying to help popular insurgents topple unpopular dictators does not guarantee anything better. Propping up dictators with military aid is both odious and counterproductive. Keeping clear of maniacal regimes leads to either nuclear acquisition or genocide — or 16 acres of rubble in Manhattan. What have we learned? Tribalism, oil, and Islamic fundamentalism are a bad mix that leaves Americans sick and tired of the Middle East — both when they get in it and when they try to stay out of it.”
And that is why it’s time to rethink everything we’re doing out there. What the Middle East needs most from America today are modern schools and hard truths, and we haven’t found a way to offer either. Because Hanson is right: What ails the Middle East today truly is a toxic mix of tribalism, Shiite-Sunni sectarianism, fundamentalism and oil — oil that constantly tempts us to intervene or to prop up dictators.”
Looks like President Obama didn’t get this memo.