US closes Libyan embassy, evacuates personnel

posted at 10:01 am on July 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The long and sad descent of Libya into the Somalia of the Mediterranean has almost reached its nadir. After the US-initiated, 30,000-foot NATO intervention to depose Moammar Qaddafi succeeded in 2011, most of the country has fallen into the control of terrorist networks as central authority collapsed outside the capital of Tripoli. Even there, the Libyan government’s writ didn’t run far; the defense ministry couldn’t clear the street in front of its offices of militias last year, and fighting erupted in the capital shortly afterward, although that was between the militias. In the most humiliating episode, the US lost four Americans when it kept our consulate in Benghazi open long after everyone else had left, and long after it became very clear that the city was unsafe.

Now the collapse of Libya, and of US and Western “Arab Spring” policy toward it, is all but complete. The US closed the embassy in Tripoli and has evacuated personnel as the capital teeters towards chaos, reports the Associated Press:

The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said. …

The evacuation was accompanied by the release of a new State Department travel warning for Libya urging Americans not to go to the country and recommending that those already there leave immediately. “The Libyan government has not been able to adequately build its military and police forces and improve security,” it said. “Many military-grade weapons remain in the hands of private individuals, including antiaircraft weapons that may be used against civilian aviation.”

American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had already been operating with limited staffing, left the capital around dawn and traveled by road to neighboring Tunisia, according to Harf. As the evacuation was underway, residents of the city reported in real time on social media that American military aircraft flew overhead while U.S. soldiers escorted a convoy of vehicles out of town. The State Department would not confirm the evacuation until all staffers were safely in Tunisia.

The Guardian has more on the deterioration of Tripoli. Where are the government’s security forces to restore order, you might ask. These are the government’s forces:

Libya is now witnessing one of its worst spasms of violence since the overthrow of Gaddafi. In Tripoli, the militias are fighting mostly for control of the airport. They are on the government’s payroll since authorities have depended on them to restore order.

The US is just latest in a number of countries to have closed down their diplomatic operations in Libya. Turkey on Friday announced that it had closed down its embassy and militia clashes in Benghazi have prompted the United Nations, aid groups and foreign envoys to leave.

In Tripoli, clashes near the international airport have forced residents to evacuate their homes nearby after they were hit by shells. On Friday, the official Libyan news agency LANA reported that explosions were heard early in the day near the airport area and continued into the afternoon.

The battle in Tripoli began earlier this month when Islamist-led militias — mostly from the western city of Misrata — launched a surprise assault on the airport, under control of rival militias from the western mountain town of Zintan. On Monday, a $113m Airbus A330 passenger jet for Libya’s state-owned Afriqiyah Airways was destroyed in the fighting.

The rival militias, made up largely of former anti-Gaddafi rebels, have forced a week-long closure of gas stations and government offices. In recent days, armed men have attacked vehicles carrying money from the Central Bank to local banks, forcing their closure.

Ironically, the US evacuated its personnel to the original Arab Spring country, and the only one to have a successful transition. That may be because the West stayed out of Tunisia’s upheaval, and also because Tunisia’s populace was more Western by taste than Islamist in the first place. There should be a lesson in there for all sides.

Until the Arab Spring, the West had forced Qaddafi into at least a grudgingly cooperative role in the war on terror, based in large part on his own self-interest. The Islamist networkks threatened his regime as well as the West, and after the US interventions in Iraq, Qaddafi figured that he’d be better off dealing with us than with al-Qaeda and its offshoots. Until 2011, the West more ore less had reached the same conclusion, until we suddenly thought that a freedom movement in Tunisia meant that unrest in Libya, Egypt, and Syria had the same motivations and players (although in Syria, there was at least some reason to believe that at first). We’ve lost most of Syria and Iraq to ISIS and barely recovered Egypt from the Muslim Brotherhood, and now the collapse of Libya into a failed state has been almost completed. The wreckage of Western policy in the region is a horrifying marvel to behold, and we’ll be paying for it for generations to come.

Update: John Kerry insists that the US embassy isn’t closing, just suspending operations:

When personnel have to get evacuated by military transport to another country, that’s a closure in all but diplo-speak, not a suspension. The distinction is that the US still has diplomatic relations with the Libyan government, but effectively a “suspension” is nonsense. We’ve closed that embassy and we won’t be back for a while — likely a very long while.


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Finally, EVAC, is done right:

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More: All Embassy staff in Libya evacuated by land to Tunisia under security escort – @NBCNews
Read more on nbcnews.com
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American officials told NBC News

that the 158 Americans, including 80 heavily armed U.S. Marines,

left the embassy compound early Saturday in a caravan of SUV’s and buses and drove west toward neighboring Tunisia.

Besides the Marines who were the embassy’s security force,

the caravan was also protected overhead by two American F-16 fighter jets and unmanned drones

that shadowed the group on their drive.

At least two American warships, a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Ross and a guided-missile cruiser, the USS Vella Gulf, were nearby in the Mediterranean in case additional military protection was needed, officials told NBC News.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-orders-americans-evacuate-embassy-libya-n165546

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

but effectively a “suspension” is nonsense. We’ve closed that embassy and we won’t be back for a while — likely a very long while.
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Witness the Awesome Superior Power of StateCraft!!!

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

To quote Dan Henninger, “the world doesn’t vote, so the world doesn’t matter” to the YOLO Presidency.

aquaviva on July 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

One has to admit, Obama is awesome!

OldEnglish on July 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Adults, in charge, join with duck tape.

hawkdriver on July 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

The world is tranquil we no longer need embassies.

Moonbat_One on July 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I guess Libya is excessively tranquil ?

DeweyWins on July 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

A kinetic military closure suspension???/

ted c on July 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Can Obama go ahead and assume the presidency so that this moron can’t screw up Iraq any more than he already has?

rogerb on July 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Perhaps we can get a link to the foreign policy debate between Mitt and Obumbles—good times, good times….

hillsoftx on July 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

When do the pirates return?

Oil Can on July 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Another obama Military triumph!

sandee on July 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Smart Power-o.

Flange on July 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

This “Arab Spring” thingy is working out about as well as Obamacare. We are so fortunate that the smartest man to have ever lived is president now. /dripping sarc

dirtseller on July 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

In Monty python fashion…

this embassy is closed…

I’m not closed I’m only suspended.
Well, it’s mostly closed.

ted c on July 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

When do the pirates return?

Oil Can on July 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

In 3.14159265359 years.

Flange on July 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Not a smidgen of terrorism in Libya.

dirtseller on July 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Can you feel all the love around the world since Barry was elected?
Things have never been better. Best President EVER!!!

Indianatime on July 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Why withdraw? Hillary said it doesn’t make a difference if embassy personnel get slaughtered by islamists.

More failure from oblowhard and the idiots at the helm.
Ohwait, it’s saturday – time for golf after a hard week of partying …

Smegley on July 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Update: John Kerry insists that the US embassy isn’t closing, just suspending operations:

One thing you can say for Jon Carry, he never gets tired of being an azz clown!

bofh on July 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Can you feel all the love around the world since Barry was elected?
Things have never been better. Best President EVER!!!

Indianatime on July 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

But just think how bad things COULD have been. Without Prezzy’s leadership, the Mid-East would be a mess right now. /more dripping sarc—oozing really.

dirtseller on July 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Obama doctrine at work

Philly on July 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM

ted c on July 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

It’s not closed, it’s just tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk. Lovely plumage the Libyan Embassy.

Flange on July 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

More failure from oblowhard and the idiots at the helm.
Ohwait, it’s saturday – time for golf after a hard week of partying …

Smegley on July 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Although he is the worst president we’ve ever been blessed with in my lifetime and although he has pretty much effed up everything America was in 5 short years, the one thing I will never forgive him for is the bad name he has given the game of golf.

dirtseller on July 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

The wreckage of Western policy in the region is a horrifying marvel to behold, and we’ll be paying for it for generations to come.

Couldn’t have said it better.

BallisticBob on July 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM

One day in the future, historians will look back at Qaddafi, Saddam, and Assad and they will be remembered as deeply-flawed, yet altogether reasonable men and sincere patriots.

No such charity will be given to the obamanation.

abobo on July 26, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Although he is the worst president we’ve ever been blessed with in my lifetime and although he has pretty much effed up everything America was in 5 short years, the one thing I will never forgive him for is the bad name he has given the game of golf.

dirtseller on July 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

LOL

Indianatime on July 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I just looked up General Khalifa Haftar to check on what he is doing and he isn’t having a good time either right now. The forces of good seem to be up against the wall in Libya.

BigGator5 on July 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Lol flange

ted c on July 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Spontaneous protesters taking over Libya…?

d1carter on July 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Helluva job, Barry!

claudius on July 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Can we close the White House instead?

darwin on July 26, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Now the collapse of Libya, and of US and Western “Arab Spring” policy toward it, is all but complete.

This has happened so often in the Middle East, you’d almost think it was part of the plan.

dirtseller on July 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Don’t expect the Clintons to ‘Weigh In’ on this on.

TimBuk3 on July 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM

“From the halls of montezuma…” to a fundraiser.

Who is John Galt on July 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

When do the pirates return?

Oil Can on July 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM
.

In 3.14159265359 years.

Flange on July 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Pi-rates?

iurockhead on July 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Obama: The Midas of Foreign Policy.

I thought the US was supposed to benefit from Obama’s superior world view. Yeah, right.

BuckeyeSam on July 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Obama: The Midas of Foreign Policy.

The Obama touch – everything that man puts his hands on turns to sh!t

myiq2xu on July 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

The long and sad descent of Libya into the Somalia of the Mediterranean has almost reached its nadir.

Funny thing about the collapse of a nation. You don’t know exactly where the nadir is, until you are past it…

JohnGalt23 on July 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

********************* Suspend-0 ********************************!!

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Huh, so we do know how to do that kinda stuff when it’s needed in Libya.

Akzed on July 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM

But it’s not closed-closed…

Kraken on July 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Another successful “lead from behind” program brought to you by the “Smart Power!” of King Barack the Magnificent.

GarandFan on July 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Closed-o

Akzed on July 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Does the Nobel committee ever ask for a refund?

flyovermark on July 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

BUT? Without an embassy how will we process the refugees who want to come to the U.S.?

I recommend that the first Obama administration refugee pilot program be established in Libya.

pilsener on July 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Oh well, at least the oceans have stopped rising.

Akzed on July 26, 2014 at 11:08 AM

It’s not closed, it’s just tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk. Lovely plumage the Libyan Embassy.

Flange on July 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Thanks for a good laugh.

pilsener on July 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Let us not forget all the Europeans (Italy, France,et al) that joined/started in the overthrowing of Ghadaffi….

And we look to them to help solve the problems in Ukraine?

albill on July 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Huh, so we do know how to do that kinda stuff when it’s needed in Libya.

Akzed on July 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Akzed:

True, a couple of Apaches and AC-130′s wouldn’t hurt as well!:)

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

It’s not closed, it’s just tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk. Lovely plumage the Libyan Embassy.

Flange on July 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Flange: Lol,…and Shuttered:)

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 3h

MORE: US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff to Tunisia as security deteriorates in Tripoli http://apne.ws/1nGBlgv

The Associated Press @AP · 3h

BREAKING: State Dept.: US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff amid growing violence in Tripoli

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Why was it open in the first place? To have a U.S. embassy in your country, you must earn it. The Libyans have not earned the privilege.

DAT60A3 on July 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The bear is chicken.

faraway on July 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM

https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 2h

. @PentagonPresSec : During movement, F-16′s, ISR assets and an Airborne Response Force with MV-22 Ospreys provided security.

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 2h

. @PentagonPresSec: The embassy staff was driven in vehicles to Tunisia.

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 3h

. @PentagonPresSec: at the request of the dept of State, the US mil assisted in the relocation of personnel from the US Embassy in Tripoli

https://twitter.com/PentagonPresSec

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

This is what happens when you let people just put up any YouTube video they damn please.

FOAF on July 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Well done, Super Prez!

I see Kerry is following the Obama tactic of scolding the criminals. Now, now, kids, all this violence will just lead to chaos!

I think they understand that. Chaos is the point.

PattyJ on July 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter

Retweeted by Matt Lee
Marie Harf @marieharf · 2h

Full statement on our Temporary Staff Relocation of US personnel in Libya: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/229805.htm

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/07/229805.htm

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 3h

“Due to ongoing violence (near) US Embassy in #Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all our personnel out of #Libya,” per @statedept

Replied to 0 times

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 3h

“US evacuates embassy in #Libya amid clashes” http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268798/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=nbhj4I2m

Replied to 0 times

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 3h

“We had to take this step b/c embassy in close proximity 2 intense fighting & ongoing violence,” @statedept on closure of embassy in #Libya

Replied to 0 times

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 3h

.@StateDept says staffers from now-closed embassy in Tripoli, #Libya evacuated overland to #Tunisia.

Replied to 0 times

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · 3h

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Dept.: US shutters embassy in #Libya, evacuates staff amid growing violence in #Tripoli.

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 11:24 AM

. @PentagonPresSec: at the request of the dept of State, the US mil assisted in the relocation of personnel from the US Embassy in Tripoli

https://twitter.com/PentagonPresSec

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

“I dunno, this might make us look bad. Oh well, go ahead.” -Obam-o

Akzed on July 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

The bear is chicken.

faraway on July 26, 2014 at 11:19 AM

faraway: That mimics, a Fence Post Turtle!:)

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

That mimics, a Fence Post Turtle!:)
canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

“Huh, how’d that get there…?”

Akzed on July 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM

About high time to jet off to Cairo for another speech.Maybe another apology tour is in order afterwards,then golf and Vacay!!

jeffinsjvca on July 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Obama had teamed up with the Muslim Brotherhood during his Arab Spring fling figuring the MB would community organize all the Muslims into a United States of Muslim; aka a Caliphate.

Trouble is, the Egyptians caught on to the Islamic fundamentalists in black Armani suits (Muslim Brotherhood) and gave them the boot.

Obama and Valerie J. (or “Vaa-Jay-Jay” as Michelle calls her) were hoping so bad to be put into the Muslim Brotherhood Hall of Fame…

So then Obama tried gun-running weapons from Libya to Syria to the soon-to-be Muslim Brotherhood community organizors there. Trouble is he was supplying the soon-to-ISIS.

In addition to failing as a US President, Obama is a failed Muslim Brotherhood member.

albill on July 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Obama Doctrine: Run away, run away

faraway on July 26, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Mission Accomplished!

NOMOBO on July 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

In 3.14159265359 years.

Flange on July 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

.
Yeah! I like Pi! Make mine blueberry! With whipped cream and French Vanilla ice cream!
.
Seriously, the long arc of history bends toward justice, so, eventually Ø will be called “fraudulent empty suit” in the history books. As if that weren’t solace enough, the optics of pirate annihilation is much better than the assend of a bus convoy high-tailing it into Tunisia for safety. Tunisia! For safety! Think about that for just a second…

ExpressoBold on July 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

US-initiated,

Since when was the Libya action “US initiated”. Obama got dragged along, if not kicking and screaming, than at least moping and dragging his feet, and couldn’t wait to divest himself of the whole thing.

Count to 10 on July 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Kerry, in action, yapping:

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 1m

VIDEO: US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes http://apne.ws/1ur7YDV
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUFqZvM9JiA&feature=youtu.be&list=UU52X5wxOL_s5yw0dQk7NtgA

canopfor on July 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Who is John Galt on July 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the whores of Tripoli …

TXUS on July 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Another foreign policy success for this administration.

sadsushi on July 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Dear Charlie Gibson,

How do you feel about the Obama Doctrine? Do you support it, you state-run ass-clown?

somewhatconcerned on July 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Between what is going on domestically, and the utter catastrophe that the rest of the world is at this time, I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that President Obama is one of, if not the, worst president our country has ever had. How much worse can things get?? I don’t even mind that he’s checked out, that’s probably for the best, but MY GOD, someone competent needs to assume control!! I have never been so scared about the future in my entire life…

ellifint on July 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Leaving from behind.

de rigueur on July 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM

US-initiated,

 
Since when was the Libya action “US initiated”. Obama got dragged along, if not kicking and screaming, than at least moping and dragging his feet, and couldn’t wait to divest himself of the whole thing.
 
Count to 10 on July 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM

 
I disagree. I think it was consistent with every other thing he’s ever done. He wanted an I’m-not-Bush foreign policy feather for his cap but couldn’t risk taking on someone who would actually fight back (Syria, Putin, etc.), and since Gaddafi had already surrendered because of Bush/Iraq, attacking Libya allowed him to claim “NATO!” if it failed, and “OBAMA 2012!!!” if it succeeded.

 

Our leadership at NATO has helped guide our coalition. Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end,” Obama said in a televised statement to a U.S. public already weary of long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/20/us-libya-gaddafi-whitehouse-idUSTRE79J6WJ20111020

 
I can’t think of a single instance during his presidency that he hasn’t tried to position his involvement to shift blame for bad or take credit for good in exactly the same way.

rogerb on July 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I think tranquility might mean something different than Josh Earnest thinks it means.

SoRight on July 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

John Kerry insists that the US embassy isn’t closing, just suspending operations

…let John Kerry go in and play ‘Captain’ and be the last one to go down with the ship.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

im sure the commentors on this site will find at least a dozen differant ways to deny obama any credit for this or spin it as a bad thing.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on May 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Not this time precious, he gets total credit for Libya.

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Update: John Kerry insists that the US embassy isn’t closing, just suspending operations:

No, its not 6. Its half a dozen.

BobMbx on July 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

When do the pirates return?

Oil Can on July 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

In 3.14159265359 years.

Flange on July 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Heh. Nice circular reference.

Harbingeing on July 26, 2014 at 12:39 PM

2 years too late for Ambassador Stevens.

I guess the iconic chopper pic from Saigon is supposed to be duplicated in Tripoli, not Baghdad (1979 redux?) or Kabul (2012 redux?).

Steve Eggleston on July 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM

It must be due to the introduction of a new ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey‘ trailer on YouTube.

J_Crater on July 26, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Mark Levin called Obama the Wrecking Ball, this is the most succinct description of the worst modern day plague to infect the earth. The disease that will kill the people of the earth is the Muslim Obama.
Wrecking Ball indeed!

Bakokitty on July 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Thank you, Kerry, for not pulling a Hillary on this one.

Libya is just another chapter in the What Happens When You Police the World book.

When we go in militarily, we need to be prepared for the long haul and we need to complete the job. This is what we did in WWII and what he haven’t done since.

Better to have left Qadaffi alone. Now, Libya is destined to become another ISIS.

We’re shocked at the Islamists methods and their Sharia law, but they do manage to keep order better than we’ve been doing. Our methods have only resulted in instability in the region – instability that creates vacuums and pulls in raging fanatics.

oakland on July 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

“obama, obama, obama”

Hillary, you scumhag, this is yours too.

Schadenfreude on July 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

oakland, well said. Don’t go to war unless you are prepared to win. If you can’t destroy and then occupy/rebuild like we did in WWII, don’t do it.

PattyJ on July 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

When the most powerful nation in history becomes fat, lazy, ignorant and gullible, and elects an incompetent, unprincipled, megalomaniac Marxist con man as its Commander-In-Chief, no intelligent person should be surprised when he releases all the forces of evil once held at bay by its power with disastrous consequences for the world.

novaculus on July 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

“Libya is secure.” — Harry Reid

ShainS on July 26, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Why won’t they stop showing that video… They should suspend operations of that theater.

2Tru2Tru on July 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I’m just distraught at what this country has come to. Rather than harden the embassy we just pack up and go.

V7_Sport on July 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Peace Prize!

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

When is the Benghazi Select Committee hearing?

I thought those Monkey Court hearings would have started by now.

Trey Gowdy should have put Hillary in jail by now. He is awesome.

Ned Pepper on July 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Barack Obama, leading from behind. Mmmm mmmm MMMM!

disa on July 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM

We’re shocked at the Islamists methods and their Sharia law, but they do manage to keep order better than we’ve been doing. Our methods have only resulted in instability in the region – instability that creates vacuums and pulls in raging fanatics.

oakland on July 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

You are nuts.

darwin on July 26, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Valerie J. (or “Vaa-Jay-Jay” as Michelle calls her)

albill on July 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

awesome!

disa on July 26, 2014 at 4:52 PM

So we were spared the helicopters-on-the-roof scenario is beloved by the U.S. media. Perhaps we’ll be spared that as well in Iraq (even though turning tail and running is inevitable).

Thanks, Barry, for all the fish.

RebeccaH on July 26, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Thank you, Kerry, for not pulling a Hillary on this one.

Libya is just another chapter in the What Happens When You Police the World book.

When we go in militarily, we need to be prepared for the long haul and we need to complete the job. This is what we did in WWII and what he haven’t done since.

Better to have left Qadaffi alone. Now, Libya is destined to become another ISIS.

We’re shocked at the Islamists methods and their Sharia law, but they do manage to keep order better than we’ve been doing. Our methods have only resulted in instability in the region – instability that creates vacuums and pulls in raging fanatics.

oakland on July 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

And yet, Libya didn’t fall apart until Obama became president. Not during Reagan, or Bush 41, or the nearly inactive Clinton, or Bush 43. In fact, under Bush 43, Kaddhafy decided to pull in his claws and play nice.

So dismissing as “just another chapter” of playing world police is way off. Libya went under because Obama unilaterally decided that a de-clawed Kaddhafy had to go, with absolutely no plan for what came afterwards.

No, this failure is NOT foreign policy as usual. This failure required the Obama special touch.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

If Rand Paul had been president (or even his kinda-crazy dad) pursuing his non-interventionist policies, Gadaffi would still be in control of Libya, Mubarak in control of Egypt, and Saddam in control of Iraq. And ya know what? We’d be better off for it.

Mucking about in “regime change” rarely ends well for us. So stop already.

AngusMc on July 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

How is that Arab Spring thingy working out?

jpmn on July 26, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Susan Rice: It’s that dam vidio !

Obama: Cant be me. Must be that dam vidio !

Hillary: what difference dose it make. None of them are important people that can help me.

All say: we are the REAL People of the world that need to be loved by all.

jpcpt03 on July 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

No, this failure is NOT foreign policy as usual. This failure required the Obama special touch.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

No, this is foreign policy as usual – as has been the usual for the last sixty years.

Bush/Obama didn’t complete the job in Iraq, neither did they in Afghanistan. Didn’t matter that Bush left it in the hands of Obama to fail. Bush would have done the same thing.

Fact is, the only thing that they wanted was regime change. However, they didn’t consider that the fanatics were waiting in the desert until we were gone (or they DID consider, but knew it wouldn’t be their problem). You can’t just cut the head off the regime and expect things to turn out how you want them.

In Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, Libya, you go in and completely annihilate the opposition and stay until rebuilding is complete, or you cut and run like we did and watch the whole thing tumble down.

Getting rid of Saddam, the Taliban, Qadaffy didn’t eliminate the festering animosities amongst the muslim factions – it only allowed it to come to the surface through extreme violence.

In the end, Iraq will be no longer a country. Afghanistan will once again be ruled by the Taliban. Libya will also become an anti-western islamic republic, as will Syria, Lebanon and, eventually Turkey as well. Arabia and the rest of that peninsula will be the next to go all islamist.

All this will happen because we went in, provoked anti-western elements to do what you see them doing now – and didn’t crush them when the opportunity was there. Better to have just left well-enough alone.

oakland on July 27, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Mucking about in “regime change” rarely ends well for us. So stop already.

AngusMc on July 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

hear hear!

oakland on July 27, 2014 at 7:41 AM