US warns all Americans to get out of Libya — and expands evac force

posted at 12:01 pm on May 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This development is probably not the best publicity for Barack Obama’s pivot on foreign policy today, but perhaps shows why a pivot is needed. Three years after a remote-control intervention to depose Moammar Qaddafi and nineteen months after the sacking of the American consulate in Benghazi, the US has now warned all American citizens to flee Libya — and has quintupled the size of the evacuation force to get them out. CBS News reports on the “all out” signal (via Drew M at AoSHQ):

As Libya deteriorates into an increasingly armed conflict between hardline Islamic groups and forces loyal to renegade Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the State Department urged U.S. citizens to leave the country as the U.S. began positioning troops to quickly evacuate Americans if necessary.

The amphibious ship Bataan with Ospreys and 1,000 Marines on board has moved into the eastern Mediterranean to be ready for a possible evacuation, CBS News correspondent David Martin reported. The ship had been taking part in an exercise with Jordan.

This is a significant increase over the 200 Marines who had been moved to Sigonella, Sicily, and a significant decrease in the distance Marines would have to travel to evacuate Americans.

The State Department on Tuesday night warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Libya and urged Americans currently in the North African nation to “depart immediately.” …

There is no evacuation currently planned for the U.S. Embassy staff in Tripoli, who can still use the airport if necessary, reported CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan. Positioning the Marines is part of contingency planning put in place after the the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died.

That’s certainly an improvement in dealing with the aftermath of the disastrous intervention in Libya, but it doesn’t change the root cause of the collapse. The Obama administration, and especially the State Department under Hillary Clinton, tried for far too long to pretend that their intervention had liberated Libya and allowed a democratic government to emerge. While every other Western organization bailed out of eastern Libya because of the collapse of authority in the region, the State Department stuck around and cut its security force in Benghazi even while terrorist attacks increased. AFRICOM and State didn’t prepare for attacks on the anniversary of 9/11, arguably to maintain this fantasy of foreign-policy success.

That will be a key focus of the select committee on Benghazi. At least, that will be the focus unless Democrats succeed in derailing the probe through Rep. Elijah Cummings, as Politico reports the strategy behind his selection to the panel:

Cummings’ work has made him a champion to the left — where he’s called in noted witnesses like Fluke to testify — and a respected foe to some on the right. So while Democrats have called Benghazi nothing more than a political game, by picking Cummings, they’re showing they still plan to play.

“Elijah has done a great job at very fundamentally changing the narrative,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a member of the Oversight panel who has watched Cummings at work. “Darrell was given the charge of leading in the trenches, of taking on this president — and I think Elijah, working with Democrats, has managed to change that narrative, in many cases to be about Issa.”

The House GOP took the unexpected step recently of voting to create a special committee to further probe the controversial events in Benghazi. Democrats’ hopes of rendering the panel ineffective rest largely on Cummings’ shoulders.

Democrats don’t want an effective probe into the policy decisions that led to four American deaths in a terrorist attack on our consulate, and necessitated a military evacuation of Americans in the country that Obama supposedly liberated in a military adventure he refused to submit to Congress for approval? Good luck with that approach as news reports of the evacuation start appearing on American televisions.


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Another foreign policy success for Obama! He sure is on a roll right now

sadsushi on May 28, 2014 at 5:14 AM

Allen West has told us that what happened “will make Iran-Contra look like Romper Room.”

http://allenbwest.com/2014/05/exclusive-confidential-source-reveals-really-happened-benghazi/

Benghazi and the operations in Libya are shrouded in a fog of lies, deceit, manipulation, threats, intimidation, coercion, abandonment, and worst of all, potentially treason.

Jayrae on May 28, 2014 at 5:33 AM

…cause ain’t NOBODY comin’ to get ya.

tree hugging sister on May 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM

As Colin Powell would say (after openly supporting this fraud of a CinC), “You break it, you own it.”

fred5678 on May 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Obama then sent Susan Rice to all the Sunday shows to explain that the cause of the violence was a YouTube video posted of a scene in “Back to the Future” which depicted Libyans as violent terrorists using a blue VW Microbus, an AK-47, and an RPG.

Arrest warrants were issued for Stephen Spielberg, Michael J. Fox, and Christopher Lloyd.

Obama went on to declare that “The future shall not belong to those who slander the prophet of islam”.

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

This development is probably not the best publicity for Barack Obama’s pivot on foreign policy today, but perhaps shows why a pivot is needed.

Last time Dear Liar pivoted to Libya, things didn’t work out well.

rbj on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

What happened to the previous government?

Bishop on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Still haven’t heard a cogent, Constitutional policy reason why we intervened to topple a lawful government there in the first place.

Lance Corvette on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Democrats don’t want an effective probe into the policy decisions that led to four American deaths in a terrorist attack on our consulate, and necessitated a military evacuation of Americans in the country that Obama supposedly liberated in a military adventure he refused to submit to Congress for approval? Good luck with that approach as news reports of the evacuation start appearing on American televisions.

It will be amazing how the lsm will spin this………..

VegasRick on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Didn’t we just save this country a couple years ago?

Sven on May 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

What American would be foolish enough to be in Libya besides weapons dealers or drug runners?

docflash on May 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Qaddafi had given up fighting the US and was busy with oil trades and such.

Now Libya is run by terrorists.

Smart Power!!!

Congratulations Hillary and obama. Kerry is just a talking goat.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

obama is the smartest president in all of history.

If you disagree you are a Christianist racist.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Meanwhile, note this.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Still haven’t heard a cogent, Constitutional policy reason why we intervened to topple a lawful government there in the first place.

Lance Corvette on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

The only way to stabilize the islamic world is to make sure those countries have strongman dictators willing to use brutality from time to time to keep the islamists down that are friendly to the West.

IE: what we had with Mubarak in Egypt before Obama slipped on his own turd.

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Watching the world come unglued is becoming a strange spectator sport. Thank you dog-eater in chief as it couldn’t have happened so quickly without you!!

Deano1952 on May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

OT, but very significant

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Running from behind.

de rigueur on May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

blink on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Beat me to it.

notropis on May 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

warns all Americans to get out of Libya

#GetOutNow-BeforeYouEndUpLikeAmbStevens

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Oil field workers?

blink on May 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Offer people enough money and they will risk nearly anything. And I guarantee that a place like Libya has to pay 10 times normal wages to get expert oil workers…

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Contrast this to Hillary trying to arrange for a ferry, while Americans were being robbed and sitting ducks on the Benghazi pier.

Christien on May 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Wait until the day comes when foreign nations are ordering their citizens to leave the U.S. because of the “increasing armed conflict” between the various sides. Fun stuff.

Bishop on May 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

OT, but very significant

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

We already have a race based legal system. It’s called the Department of Justice…

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

So while Democrats have called Benghazi nothing more than a political game, by picking Cummings, they’re showing they still plan to play.

It’s like a football game to the Left…

Electrongod on May 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Wait until the day comes when foreign nations are ordering their citizens to leave the U.S. because of the “increasing armed conflict” between the various sides. Fun stuff.

Bishop on May 28, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I’d imagine that will happen when the dollar collapses and the EBT riots begin…

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Think I know why things are going wrong in Libya-

at no point did John Heinz-Kerry (d,dead republican’s money) show up in front of a government official from libya to present them with a “reset” button featuring a poor translation so the button actually said something like “bacon sandwiches are yummy!”.

See, that’s what the previous wildly, WILDLY, accomplished S.O.S. done, and she’s all presidenty and stuff now.

GrassMudHorsey on May 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Obama’s new foreign policy:
Running away very quickly.

LASue on May 28, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Name one success story of obama, Hillary, Kerry, where a populace, a nation, is free/freer, because of them, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Why can’t reporters look at a map before they write these things? If they were participating in an exercise with Jordan, then they were already in the eastern Med. In fact, they’d need to move west in order to reposition in response to this.

blink on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

On an interesting note, where was BATAAN (or its counterpart at that time) when the consulate was overrun?

The V22 Ospreys have a 600nm mission radius. Pull out your map of the Med and draw a 600nm circle around Benghazi. That is where the WH has said “there were no assets” to send.

BobMbx on May 28, 2014 at 12:22 PM

#ImNotWeak

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Lybia and Egypt will be Obama’s foreign policy legacy, with Ukrain and Syria as a side.

Mord on May 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Obama’s new foreign policy:
Running away very quickly.

LASue on May 28, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Running is a rational action to having no support or chance to win. Therefore it would never occur to a dimwit like Obama.

His foreign policy is Eternal Dithering followed by him reading the same speech he’s been giving since 2008 off a teleprompter…

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Coolest preezie, evahhhh

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Uh-oh! A new video must have been posted on YouTube!!!
Yikes!

albill on May 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Lybia and Egypt will be Obama’s foreign policy legacy, with Ukrain and Syria as a side.

Mord on May 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Comrades, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, and Libya are now free from the Imperialist yolk.

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Name one success story of obama, Hillary, Kerry, where a populace, a nation, is free/freer, because of them, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM


Just depends on which side you are on…

;-)
I am thinking that Putin is thinking that Obama has been a great success for him.

albill on May 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

But, first Obama gave all of them an iPod loaded with his speeches.

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Comrades, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, and Libya are now free from the Imperialist yolk.

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

obaMe fixed them all. FORE!

VegasRick on May 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

OT, but very significant

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Test bed for Sharia courts in America.

ROCnPhilly on May 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

What happened to the previous government?

Bishop on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It didn’t post the first “Bishop” and thus was replaced with the one that did.

whatcat on May 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

OT, but very significant

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Obama’s “Akaka moment”.

Rix on May 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Arab Spring Part Deux

Missilengr on May 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Criminal

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I guess this will be one of Hillary’s State dept accomplishments she will be running on?

Sven on May 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Foreign policy by evacuation. Great success Hillary.

forest on May 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Deal with it.

bingsha on May 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM

What happened to the previous government?

Bishop on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It fell victim to our president’s Progressive pipe dream of Muslim Brotherhood hegemony.

ROCnPhilly on May 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

LSM have their task…..focus ONLY on Cummings rants

cmsinaz on May 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM

What American would be foolish enough to be in Libya besides weapons dealers or drug runners?

docflash on May 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Oil field workers?

blink on May 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Spies?

crankyoldlady on May 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM

and has quintupled the size of the evacuation force.

Hmmmm, guess our AMBASSADOR, and the others that fateful
evening didn’t need this, huh?

ToddPA on May 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Paging Hillay, paging Hillary, … please pick up the ‘history phone’ at the 3 AM pillar.
The ghost of Ambassador Steven’s is asking for help.

Missilengr on May 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

The Zero has already shown he’s willing to sit idly by and watch tyrants massacre their people and appease those committing the atrocities.
 
dogsoldier on February 6, 2012 at 9:42 AM

 
Yeah the right was *so* supportive of the Libya adventure. Face it, this man could transform poo into puppies and you’d hate it.
 
libfreeordie on February 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM

 
Are we at the puppy part yet?

rogerb on May 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

A guy who has to say “I’m not weak” is a turkey, not a man.

The entire world knows it.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Where’s that CokeBrain trool when you need one?

Missilengr on May 28, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Vegas, Baby…!

d1carter on May 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

OT, but very significant

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

So….proponents of this “diversity” seem to agree that some citizens can be forced to sit in the back of the bus.

BobMbx on May 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I am thinking that Putin is thinking that Obama has been a great success for him.

albill on May 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Putin is not a populace. The Russians are not freer, or better off, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Qaddafi had given up fighting the US and was busy with oil trades and such.
Now Libya is run by terrorists.

Smart Power!!!

Congratulations Hillary and obama. Kerry is just a talking goat.
Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Correct with your statements about Kadafi. He was a stabilizer in the ME, although a brutal one, and kept AQ in check in Libya until the Ob00ber got stars in his eyes.
:)
Like that description of Kerry.

avagreen on May 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM

+1 missilenger

cmsinaz on May 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Just where was the evacuation force when Ambassador Stevens needed it?

Was there even a non-combatant evacuation plan in place for our Embassy staff and National Security personnel on the night Amb. Stevens was attacked? If so why wasn’t it executed? If not, why not as that is SOP for working in dangerous places like war torn Libya?

ajacksonian on May 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

“Elijah has done a great job at very fundamentally changing the narrative,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a member of the Oversight panel who has watched Cummings at work. “Darrell was given the charge of leading in the trenches, of taking on this president — and I think Elijah, working with Democrats, has managed to change that narrative, in many cases to be about Issa.”

The House GOP took the unexpected step recently of voting to create a special committee to further probe the controversial events in Benghazi. Democrats’ hopes of rendering the panel ineffective rest largely on Cummings’ shoulders.

Oh, and America, that whooshing sound? That was the point going right over your heads.

Cleombrotus on May 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

What happened to the previous government?

Bishop on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It didn’t post the first “Bishop” and thus was replaced with the one that did.

whatcat on May 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

rogerb, you HAVE to add this one to the Archives.

ToddPA on May 28, 2014 at 12:44 PM

If you look back historically the only countries with stable governments after a war we were involved with were ones we remained to provide a stabilizing force. O’Barry’s foriegn policy of love em and leave em doesn’t work.

Sven on May 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Yeah the right was *so* supportive of the Libya adventure. Face it, this man could transform poo into puppies and you’d hate it.

libfreeordie on February 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Please post a link to the US Congress debate/vote on the use of force in Libya, and/or the same from the UN.

Tick tock…tick tock……

BobMbx on May 28, 2014 at 12:49 PM

If you look back historically the only countries with stable governments after a war we were involved with were ones we remained to provide a stabilizing force. O’Barry’s foriegn policy of love em and leave em doesn’t work.

Sven on May 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Actually the only examples of this EVER happening was Japan and Germany.

And they ended up stable only because we made war on them until they no longer had the ABILITY to resist, and had to accept occupation and reformation into capitalist Republics.

We don’t fight wars that way anymore, which is why we’ve not won a war since World War II.

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

sooo he officially screwed up in Lybya…he can put that under his foreign policy failures, officially…that, plus Iraq (by not negotiating a reasonable SOFA), Syria (by handling it badly, more people died there in an year than during the entire 13 years in iraq), and pretty much the whole ME, our allies there included…Plus Russia/Ukraine. Plus Latin America with which we have not much of in terms of ties right now, plus China (tension, our debt etc) , plus Canada (keystone), plus most of his allies in Europe who clearly despise him and his weakness on pretty much eveeything. Wow, way to go for a record, he didn’t waste any time, you have to give it to him that he managed all this in a record time…and yet Hillary still tops Reps in polls, the idiocracy that America is has reached its full maturity…guess we can only go downhill from here…good thing, I guess, that there aren’t many countries/regions left on this planet for him mess up in the process…

jimver on May 28, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Really, What about Kosovo? South Korea? Belgium, England, Norway?

Sven on May 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Actually the only examples of this EVER happening was Japan and Germany.

And they ended up stable only because we made war on them until they no longer had the ABILITY to resist, and had to accept occupation and reformation into capitalist Republics.

We don’t fight wars that way anymore, which is why we’ve not won a war since World War II.

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Really, What about Kosovo? South Korea? Belgium, England, Norway?

Sven on May 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Sven on May 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

The only way to stabilize the islamic world is to make sure those countries have strongman dictators willing to use brutality from time to time to keep the islamists down that are friendly to the West.

IE: what we had with Mubarak in Egypt before Obama slipped on his own turd.

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Yes. Ditto Jiminy Carter and Iran.

slickwillie2001 on May 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Another in a long line of foreign policy successes for President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

Socratease on May 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

IE: what we had with Mubarak in Egypt before Obama slipped on his own turd.

ConstantineXI on May 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Yep.

jimver on May 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Run Away!

Bmore on May 28, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I guess Obama is trying to re-create the stunning success of the Indian Reservation system.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 28, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Strikes me as strange that the Democrats can get away with openly stating that they’re trying to obstruct an ongoing investigation.

Cleombrotus on May 28, 2014 at 1:37 PM

OT, but very significant

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I guess Obama is trying to re-create the stunning success of the Indian Reservation system.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM

That was weird. Kept trying to post the second comment with the blockquote, and HA kept telling me I was posting too fast.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I thought Odumbo was going to gift the Middle East with his personality all all would be utopia. Wow, that didn’t work out so well.

rjoco1 on May 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

We are talking about a full scale retreat.

Let’s flash back to the last time the “draft” came to a vote in the House. Charlie Rangel introduced HR163 (108th session), the `Universal National Service Act of 2003′. Charlie Rangel’s bill expressly indicated that the draft would be for .. a retreat.

(b) FORM OF NATIONAL SERVICE- National service under this Act shall be performed either–

(1) as a member of an active or reverse component of the uniformed services; or

(2) in a civilian capacity that, as determined by the President, promotes the national defense, including national or community service and homeland security.

No, I didn’t misspell “reserve” … it’s in the bill as “reverse” .. in 5 different places. The “twin” bill in the Senate, S 89 (Hollings D-SC), used “reserve” in those 5 different places.

This bill, HR163, actually came to a vote on the floor of the House.
Charlie Rangel voted against his own bill.

J_Crater on May 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

As Libya deteriorates into an increasingly armed conflict between hardline Islamic groups and forces loyal to renegade Gen. Khalifa Hifter, the State Department urged U.S. citizens to leave the country as the U.S. began positioning troops to quickly evacuate Americans if necessary.

About a year and a half late and four men short.

Exit question for 2016: Why didn’t Hillary do this two years ago?

Steve Z on May 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

“As Libya deteriorates into an increasingly armed conflict between hardline Islamic groups and forces loyal to renegade Gen. Khalifa Hifter…”

It’s a cliché often applied to the lack of public participation in government in western countries that “a nation gets the government it deserves”. The same holds true for the Middle East; there is a reason that the Islamic peoples inevitably wind up with dictatorships, whether secular or theocratic: they are not cut out for liberal democratic institutions; they desire to be ruled with an iron hand; it is what they instinctively gravitate toward – it is what they deserve.
The West needs to get over its Wilsonian compulsion to evangelize Democratic ideals, ideals that a large part of the world rejects, and work toward greater stability with those existing governments that at least are functional, all with a view to protecting and promoting our own interests. Gaddafi was a scumbag, but he was OUR scumbag. And he kept Libya under control.
Look now at what liberation under Obama’s “Arab Spring” has wrought.

jbspry on May 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

The amphibious ship Bataan with Ospreys and 1,000 Marines on board has moved into the eastern Mediterranean to be ready for a possible evacuation, CBS News correspondent David Martin reported. The ship had been taking part in an exercise with Jordan.

Why can’t reporters look at a map before they write these things? If they were participating in an exercise with Jordan, then they were already in the eastern Med. In fact, they’d need to move west in order to reposition in response to this.

blink on May 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Jordan has no access to the Med.
They may well have been exercising with the Jordanians but they would have either had to fly over Isreal or be in the Red Sea.

Bubba Redneck on May 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

307wolverine on May 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

If I were one of those Marines, I’d start worrying.

formwiz on May 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

The place went from being a sewer to being a cesspool.

The Italians should be thankful they don’t have to deal with them anymore.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Pure alinsky. what a snake.

Are there no patriots in the capitol?

Murphy9 on May 28, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Lyrics to above link.

A terrible signal
Too weak to even recognize
A gentle collapsing
The removal of the insides

I’m touched by your pleas
I value these moments
We’re older than we realize
In someone’s eyes

A frequent returning
And leaving unnoticed
A condition of mercy
A change in the weather

A view to remember
The center is missing
They question how the future lies
In someone’s eyes

A gentle collapsing
Of every surface
We travel on the quiet road
The overload

Bmore on May 28, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Comrades, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, and Libya are now free from the Imperialist yolk.

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

We stopped selling them eggs?

Alien on May 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Any fans of Nelson DeMille here? I’m reading an older novel (c. 2000) called The Lion’s Game about a “devout Muslim” vowing vengeance and pursuing jihad in retribution for the 1986 bombing raid to kill Gadaffi. The long memories of Muslims to avenge the West are spelled out accurately in the book.

Given what we know about Obysmal’s failed adventure in Libya, unleashing even more jihadists, the novel has much to recommend it.

onlineanalyst on May 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

So while Democrats have called Benghazi nothing more than a political game, by picking Cummings, they’re showing they still plan to play.

Cummings had better wise up. Playing political games and couching this issue as partisan conflict is beneath the role of a representative. We’re talking about irresponsible statecraft with the Benghazi investigation.

onlineanalyst on May 28, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Libya… Obama’s crowning achievement in foreign policy.

jaywemm on May 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

A very worthwhile read in re to Libya and the emerging strongman Hifter:
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/05/will-rogue-general-undo-obamas-regime.html

onlineanalyst on May 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Just “a bump in the road,” eh Cummings?

onlineanalyst on May 28, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Now that’s…

WryTrvllr on May 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM

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