Here is more validation of what I warned of repeatedly — the disastrous consequences of US interventionism in Libya. Albeit no prince, Qaddafi contained the jihad threat in Libya and in Africa. And from my very first reports of the “Arab Spring” in Libya, I reported that it was al Qaeda groups seeking an Islamic takeover of Libya. And I was right.
Back in early 2011, I warned that it was al Qaeda agitating in Libya, and that Obama was aligning with our mortal enemies. If I knew, do you imagine that Clinton didn’t?
The blame for the loss of Libya to jihad and ISIS forces is Hillary Clinton’s. In the wake of the Libya catastrophe, even Democrats questioned Clinton’s rush to war in the country.
Pentagon officials were so concerned with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s push in 2011 to back Libyan rebels against Muammar Qaddafi that they opened their own back-channels with Qaddafi to try and prevent the U.S. from entering the civil war, according to a report that cited newly uncovered audio tapes. (FOX news)
To no avail. Her infamous quite, “We came, we saw, he died!” and laugh will go down in history. Look at Hillary’s one major “achievement” as secretary of state that led to the Benghazi attack and the death of four Americans: intervening in Libya. And look at the country now.
DC: Hillary is the person most responsible for this catastrophe. And Libya was not just an isolated decision based on faulty intelligence — it was the epitome of the dangerous and foolhardy foreign policy Clinton pursued as secretary of state.
She was an emphatic supporter of the Arab Spring and believed that it was a genuine movement in favor of bringing liberal democracy to the Middle East. That’s why she was a-ok with the toppling of Egyptian president and U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak. But it wasn’t hip liberals who came to power after Mubarak was deposed — it was the Muslim Brotherhood who took over the reins in Egypt before a military coup ousted the Islamists in 2013.
Clinton was also the leading force in the Obama administration in backing rebels in Syria and wanted a more active role for America in that conflict. However, hardly any of the rebels seem much better than the current ruler Bashar al-Assad and many of them, such as ISIS, are far worse than the Iranian-backed despot.
Even though Assad is hostile to American allies and interests — a notable difference from Gaddafi and Mubarak — the alternative to his rule at the moment is a brutal caliphate that stretches from Baghdad to Damascus.
These conversations between former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Muammar Gaddafi are quite revealing:
“Colonel Gaddafi warned Tony Blair of Islamist attacks on Europe, phone conversations reveal,” The Telegraph, January 7, 2016 (thanks to Todd):
Transcripts of two telephone conversations between the two leaders which took place on February 25, 2011, are made public
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi issued a ‘prophetic’ warning to Tony Blair that jihadists would attack Europe if his regime was allowed to collapse, phone conversations reveal.
Gaddafi’s dire prediction was made in two desperate telephone calls with Mr Blair on February 25, 2011 – as civil war was engulfing Libya.
In the first call at 11.15am, Gaddafi said: “They [jihadists] want to control the Mediterranean and then they will attack Europe.”
In the call, lasting half an hour, Gaddafi insisted he was trying to defend Libya from al-Qaeda fighters. The presence of al-Qaedas would later be superceded by the rise of the so-called Islamic State.
“We are not fighting them, they are attacking us, ” he said, “I want to tell you the truth. It is not a difficult situation at all. The story is simply this: an organisation has laid down sleeping cells in North Africa. Called the Al-Qaeda Organisation in North Africa… The sleeping cells in Libya are similar to dormant cells in America before 9/11.
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“They have managed to get arms and terrify people. people can’t leave their homes… It’s a jihad situation. They have arms and are terrorising people in the street.”
In a second call made a little over four hours later, Gaddafi told Mr Blair: “I will have to arm the people and get ready for a fight. Libyan people will die, damage will be on the Med, Europe and the whole world. These armed groups are using the situation [in Libya] as a justification – and we shall fight them.”
Mr Blair had made two calls to Gaddafi to try to negotiate the dictator’s departure from Tripoli as civil war engulfed the nation. Three weeks later, a Nato-led coaltion that included Britain, began bombing raids that led to the overthrow of Gaddafi. The dictator was finally deposed in August and murdered by a mob in October.Mr Blair had a developed a friendship with Gaddafi and had visted the Libyan leader at least six times after leaving Downing Street in 2007.
He cleared the phone calls with both David Cameron and Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of State, in an attempt to persuade Gaddafi to leave Libya with safe passage and to avoid further conflict.
The existence of the phone calls emerged last year and Mr Blair passed the transcripts to the Foreign Affairs Committee which is investigating Libya’s collapse. The committee of MPs published the transcripts on Thursday.In the calls Mr Blair told Gaddafi: “If you have a safe place to go you should go there because this will not end peacefully and there has to be a process of change, that process of change can be managed and we have to find a way of managing it.
“The US and the EU are in a tough position right now and I need to take something back to them which ensures this ends peacefully.”
Mr Blair ended the call by saying: “i would like to offer a way out that is peaceful… keep the lines open.”
Gaddafi’s warnings appear to have been born out. Libya has collapsed following his overthrow. The country remains in the grip of civil war and much of it is in the control of Islamist extremists linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
Terrorists sent by Isil to France were responsible for the attacks on Paris in November amid growing concern jihadists are crossing into Europe from north Africa and the Middle East.
Crispin Blunt MP, Chair of the Committee, said: “The transcripts supplied by Mr Blair provide a new insight into the private views of Colonel Gaddafi as his dictatorship began to crumble around him.
“The failure to follow Mr Blair’s calls to ‘keep the lines open’ and for these early conversations to initiate any peaceful compromise continue to reverberate.
“The Committee will want to consider whether Gaddafi’s prophetic warning of the rise of extremist militant groups following the collapse of the regime was wrongly ignored because of Gaddafi’s otherwise delusional take on international affairs.
“The evidence that the Committee has taken so far in this inquiry suggests that western policy makers were rather less perceptive than Gaddafi about the risks of intervention for both the Libyan people and the western interests.”
Blair’s calls to Gaddafi: the full transcripts
February 25, 2011 – 11.15am to 11.45am (click on image below)
February 25, 2011 – 3.35pm to 4pm (click on image below)