Obama Finally Sends the Marines to Libya

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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It’s a bit late to do much good and the timing is certainly curious. Libya has been in a civil war all along. General Hifter’s campaign against Islamic militias has escalated events somewhat, but it’s not as if it was safe before with the Shield militias in the capital.

It’s not unusual to make these kinds of evac preparations, but the timing is peculiar. Assuming that Obama knows what he’s doing then he’s sending a message to the pro-Western business elements in Libya who have been backing Hifter that the US will disengage if Hifter takes over. On the other hand the mere presence of US forces in the area suggests to the Islamists that the US is with Hifter. It’s not a point that occurred to whomever is running things these days, but it should have.

The USS Bataan, with about 1,000 Marines aboard, has sailed into the Mediterranean Sea to assist in evacuating Americans if deadly fighting in Libya worsens, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the State Department called for all U.S. citizens to immediately leave Libya, saying the security situation in the country “remains unpredictable and unstable.”

And that’s something new? Has the situation ever been predictable or stable since Obama decided to bomb the country?

The fighting is taking place in the capital city of Tripoli, where renegade Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter is waging an offensive against Islamists.

Hifter began his so-called “Dignity Operation” more than 10 days ago to crush Islamist militias and their political backers.

What’s so-called about it? That’s the name he’s calling it by. Do we really need the editorial commentary?

But that’s the media these days. Somehow we don’t tend to hear about Obama’s so-called Hope and Change or the Muslim Brotherhood as a so-called moderate organization.

  • DVult

    So in the process he is going to crush the people who killed Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans. Why is Bambi and the left against this?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      because the whole Arab Spring agenda was to empower Islamists to run for political office

      • DVult

        Given how it has turned out so far you would think they might consider the possibility of revising this agenda.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Ideologues don’t swing that way. They double down.

          • DVult

            I understand that they left Stevens to die probably because to mount a big rescue operation would have put the lie to their election claim that al qaeda was on the run. They then covered it up with whatever lies were expedient. Are they now so childish that they don’t want to support this guy solely because to do so would be a tantamount admission that they were previously wrong in supporting the Benghazi jihadis? Maybe to figure these guys out properly we need to consider child psychology or just the psychology of very stupid people because their choices do not seem that of rational adults even evil rational adults.

      • USARetired

        Which is what Obozo wanted and supported with his secret operation at Benghazi

  • truebearing

    A thousand Marines…gee, I hope we have permission from the non-existent Libyan government to send them in if things get more unpredictable.

    It didn’t take Obama anywhere near as long to send help this time. If Obama and Hillary had responded to Steven’s desperate pleas for help, he’d be comfortably at home right now, working on his new book, “Hillary, Me, and the Muslim Manpads.” Or maybe that is why the help took so long that it never came.

  • Libslayer

    The marines are only there to provide internet access for the jihadis.
    They need to know just how mad Barack and Michelle really are by their twitter feeds.

  • Texas Patriot

    It’s time we started winning wars the quick and easy way. With the back-up support of a fully locked and loaded carrier battle group offshore in the Mediterranean and close air support by a squadron of fully armed AC-130 gunships, a thousand marines should be more than enough to eliminate every jihadist group in Libya. Obama took out John McCain and Mitt Romney easily enough. Why not be as cunning and ruthless with America’s enemies?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      “Why not be as cunning and ruthless with America’s enemies?”

      it’s a question that answers itself

      • Texas Patriot

        I think Obama is going to surprise you guys. It’s bad enough that Muslims around the world chanted “Obama, Obama, We’re All Osama” while Libyan jihadists slaughtered our diplomats in Benghazi. It’s quite another matter to have to explain to the First Family night after night at the dinner table why Boko Haram won’t bring back 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls.

        • Drakken

          You have been told numerous times, that your hero Obummer isn’t going to do a bloody thing with the muslims except back the wrong group, as he always does, but you keep dreaming and sing that kumbaya till the cows come home. Do you regret that you voted for this guy yet?

          • Texas Patriot

            Drak, you don’t get it. I didn’t vote for him, but he is the President, and he does have to live in the real world. Sooner or later, he’s going to have to say, “Enough is enough”.

          • Drakken

            Keep dreaming, because it ain’t gonna happen under this administration, period, end of story.

    • truebearing

      I thought you were opposed to boots on the ground.

      • Texas Patriot

        You’re right. If we can neutralize an enemy without putting any American boots on the ground, that’s what we should do. When we do need men on the ground to coordinate air strikes against hard to locate enemy positions, the fewer the better. We used the technique very effectively in Northern Afghanistan where a few forward fire controllers were able to effectively coordinate airstrikes from AC-130s to eliminate over 25,000 deeply embedded and entrenched Taliban. Which is why I think a thousand troops on the ground should be more than enough to eliminate all currently operational jihadist groups in Libya.

      • Drakken

        That is because the oil/gas/ports are not going to wait for uncle sugar to protect them and their assets, they have thousands of contractors on the ground in Libya as we speak, and it is making Obummer and company nervous. The good General has found some new friends since he US govt threw him under the bus once Quadafi was over thrown.

  • karpenter

    ‘RENEGADE’ General ??

  • Hard Little Machine

    Libya is Europe’s problem. The only reason they got involved at all was to blunt the prospect of 5 million refugees washing ashore in Italy and France. The oil’s nice but it’s too much work and other people can do that. So leave Libya to our moral better angels who wish nothing more than a Sharia inspired crazy quilt of tribal loons ruling Europe.