• U.S. Set to Deploy (More) Ground Troops to Libya

    May 21, 2016

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    Posted in: Libya, Military




    The decision by President Obama, egged on by his then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to depose Libya’s long-time leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, led to near-complete chaos inside a country that had been otherwise stable since the 1960s.


    This lead directly to the tragedy at Benghazi, a massive flow of weapons out of Libya into Syria and elsewhere, the spread of violence into neighboring Mali and French intervention there, and turned Libya into an ungoverned space and a new haven for ISIS and other terrorists.

    Not content with that, the U.S. is about to double-down on the mess with the deployment of additional troops on the ground.


    The U.S. military’s top general said Thursday the Libyan government is in a “period of intense dialogue” that could soon lead to an agreement in which U.S. military advisers will be deployed there to assist in the fight against the Islamic State.

    “There’s a lot of activity going on underneath the surface,” said Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We’re just not ready to deploy capabilities yet because there hasn’t been an agreement. But frankly, any day that could happen.”

    There is interest among some NATO nations in participating in the mission, Dunford said, but the specifics of who and what would be involved remain unclear. “Unclear” and “Interest” when used in that way typically mean the U.S. will be going it more or less alone, with maybe a smattering of British and French thrown in for political/PR purposes.

    “There will be a long-term mission in Libya,” Dunford said.


    U.S. Special Operations troops have been deployed in the Libyan cities of Misrata and Benghazi since late last year, though the Pentagon only officially admitted that recently. The U.S. has conducted sporadic air strikes into Libya over the past few months.

    The advising mission will be complicated by political issues. Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj’s “government” that the U.S. thinks it will be supporting in Libya has not yet been accepted by existing rival “governments” in Libya. For Sarraj to hold power, he will require support from militias in Misrata and forces loyal to General Khalifa Hifter, a former Libyan military officer who launched his own war inside the country in 2014.

    The Misrata militias and the Hifter militias have fought one another from time to time, and uniting them behind a third party seems a difficult task.


    NOTE: If you chose to get in bed with the Devil, well, don’t be surprised if you get screwed.



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    • chuck said...

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      Lets send Killary there for “Chaos” sake. “We came, We saw, he died (cackle)…

      05/21/16 10:15 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      What could possibly go wrong??

      05/21/16 11:38 AM | Comment Link

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      05/21/16 4:31 PM | Comment Link

    • jim hruska said...

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      WMW,
      look at the pic of what ,i suppose , are specops.they are bunched up and a belt fed mg would crisp their bacon.
      this is a violation of basic training tactics.
      whats so special about special ops ?
      jim hruska

      05/21/16 4:37 PM | Comment Link

    • StarkNakedTruth said...

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      “The U.S. military’s top general said Thursday the Libyan government is in a “period of intense dialogue” that could soon lead to an agreement in which U.S. military advisers will be deployed there to assist in the fight against the Islamic State.”

      Because everything the US military has done to date and as far as “assisting” in the fight against ISIS has gone spectacularly well.

      The definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

      05/21/16 5:31 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      OMG. I just realized. Peter. Whether you know it or not, you have joined the ranks of those journalists before you, who have endeavored to tell the truth,.. no matter what the costs to your self. Walter Cronkite would be proud..notwithstanding Monte Shafer, and many more whom I can’t remember. All I know is.. at this point in time, I trust your journalism more than any I have come across. Which now makes me feel like it’s time for my cynicism to take a back seat to the issues at hand. So, in respect of your continuing efforts to enlighten us poor fools out here.. send me your address via an email so I can send you the best Michigan cult beer I can afford.

      05/21/16 8:05 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Don’t never trust nobody is the best motto. As for that beer, please raise it in my name and I’ll do the same in your name with what I’m drinking tonight.

      05/21/16 8:15 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Peter said…
      “As for that beer, please raise it in my name and I’ll do the same in your name with what I’m drinking tonight.”

      Gottcha.. here’s to you Peter. Thanks for your continuing efforts.

      05/21/16 8:19 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Ok, in light of the open dialog Peter allows around here, I can’t help but forward these thoughts as I am really getting nervous…

      http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-dangerous-acceptance-of-donald-trump

      05/21/16 8:23 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      What say ye?

      05/21/16 8:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter,

      So you are saying the Libyans shouldn’t get in bed with US.

      Well, that explains it, The Clintons like to get in bed with everyone but themselves.

      05/22/16 8:10 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Speaking of the devil, Hillary and the Donald are in a deadheat in the latest polls. The US voter isn’t as stupid as we thought. There isn’t any difference between the two. Either way we are screwed.

      05/22/16 8:16 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      3 AM BS (Bush Shadow) Call on Hellary : Ya also cain’t fashion a silk purse outta a SOW(Sold Out Whore)’s ear, y’hear?!

      05/22/16 8:44 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      quote”Either way we are screwed.”unquote

      Yup. Thanks to the stupidest, most obedient population on the planet. Just what the .1% like.

      From a commentor over at emptywheel.
      quote”
      Howard Zinn

      “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”

      Consider the power of the 0.1% now, and keep in mind that only they have access to AI which is orders of magnitude beyond anything you’ll ever see on your smart phone.” unquote

      And therein lies the seeds of insurrection. It’s only a matter of time.

      05/22/16 10:26 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Pitch,

      What does that say about US that the two biggest liars are the ones still standing?

      If Donald is elected, the rest of the world should break diplomatic relations. The US should be relegated to the status of North Korea. If Hillary is elected, the House and Senate will ignore her. DOJ should prosecute her, but that is as likely as Trump releasing his tax returns.

      05/22/16 11:01 AM | Comment Link

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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      “Pitch,

      What does that say about US that the two biggest liars are the ones still standing?”

      “Fools! who from hence into the notion fall / That vice or virtue there is none at all,” he wrote. “Is there no black or white? / Ask your own heart, and nothing is so plain; / ’Tis to mistake them, costs the time and pain.”

      Thank god I’m at the end of my time on this planet.

      05/22/16 9:56 PM | Comment Link

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