Libya: Well President Obama Has Saved Hillary The Trouble
[if indeed she is elected]
US warplanes target ISIL in Libya for first time
Airstrikes are backing Libyan forces seeking to retake city of Sirte from ISIL.
US warplanes have carried out air strikes on positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Libyan city of Sirte for the first time, the country's unity government head announced.
"The first American air strikes on precise positions of the Daesh (ISIL) organisation were carried out today, causing heavy losses ... in Sirte," Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said in a televised speech on Monday
Then the kicker
"The specific targets will be precision targets," Cook said. "One of the targets struck today was a tank... the United States military will be rigorously involved in every step of the process.
"We don't have an end point [for the bombing campaign] at this particularly moment of time... we certainly hope that this something that does not require a lengthy amount of time."
The pro-GNA forces are mostly made up of militias from western Libya established during the 2011 revolt that overthrew Qaddafi.
A militia set up to guard the country's main oil facilities has also been advancing on ISIL.
The GNA was the result of a UN-brokered power-sharing agreement struck in December, but it has yet to be endorsed by Libya's elected parliament based in the country's far east.
GNA = Government of National Accord.
Here we ago again.
But then again the GNA is very busy opening oil terminals, so all is good.
At the moment Libya has three centres of power. The first is the Presidential Council (PC), which has been located in the Abu Sittah navy base, a stone’s throw from central Tripoli, since 30 March 2016. The PC is headed by Fayez al-Sarraj – a former member of the Tobruk Parliament, where he represented a Tripoli constituency – and it was borne out of the signing of the UN-brokered Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) in December 2015. According to this agreement, the PC presides over the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is currently based in Tripoli. The GNA should be endorsed by the House of Representatives (HoR) which was previously based in Tobruk but could move elsewhere to guarantee the safety of its members some of whom have repeatedly reported being stopped from voting and threatened by members hostile to the GNA. For this reason, at the time of writing, the HoR has still not voted on the government, although on two occasions a majority of its members have expressed their support for it in a written statement.
Libya’s Bungled Oil Deal
In an article in Al-Monitor, I argued that the political fractures that are preventing progress on ISIS are the same ones preventing progress on exporting oil and this is shown by the so-called national oil deals. The July 2 merger of the rival eastern and western National Oil Companies (NOC) is a sham, announced likely to demonstrate “progress” to the Western.
The eastern Tobruk government and the western Tripoli-based GNA are still pursuing different oil policies and maintain separate NOCs. Simultaneously, each is trying to prevent the other from benefiting from the country’s oil wealth. In retrospect, it appears the merger announcement three weeks ago was likely fabricated to allay Western demands for progress in the oil sphere… Rather than seeking to secure genuine political compromises or incentivize coordinated fighting against the Islamic State (IS), the UN appears to have prioritized bribing key militias to allow oil to flow through infrastructure that they control.
Open ended warfare, not one vote in congress and the question remains as always, who are we really supporting?
As long as the US just bombs; then no democracy is required.
Drone strikes and the complete disregard of the sovereignty of other nations, no democracy required.
Killing without trial, no democracy required.
Torture, oh shush you silly person, no democracy required.
Bombing a hospital for no reason, tsk tsk, no democracy required.
Continuous and never ending war, no democracy required.
The neoconservatives must be laughing their asses off, they couldn't have done it any better.
But always remember we are not an Imperial power, we are a democracy and if you don't agree we will throw exceptionalism in your face to go along with the bombs and chaos generated by our deliberate actions.
Question, which bit of this current chaos in the Middle East and N. Africa was not the result of our own ["The West"] actions?
No Democracy Required.