Will a Rogue General Undo Obama’s Regime Change in Libya?

Khalifa HifterIt didn’t take Egypt very long to revert back to a military oligarchy. The Arab Spring was trumpeted as a new era in the history of the Middle East. But the Middle East is better at undoing history than the media is at writing it.

In Egypt, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi brushed away the Arab Spring. Now in Libya, General Khalifa Hifter is set to undo Obama’s military intervention which put the Muslim Brotherhood on the road to taking over Libya.

Forty-five years ago a group of officers led by Colonel Gaddafi seized control of Libya. Gaddafi enjoyed support from the military and Federalist opponents of a central government.

Now General Khalifa Hifter is leading another military coup while vowing to free Libya of chaos, instability and corruption. His forces pounded Islamic militias in Benghazi, including those responsible for the murder of four Americans, and seized the parliament in Tripoli.

Hifter, who has spent a long time living in the United States, claims to have American support, but his real support probably comes from the east.

Like Gaddafi, Hifter is supported by the military and the Federalists. However he isn’t fighting a weak monarchy, but the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other Islamist militias. But like Gaddafi, his takeover was probably inspired by Egypt and possibly even planned out by Egypt.

Egypt’s new government, which overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood, can’t risk allowing the group to control a bordering country and one of the largest oil reserves in Africa. Gaddafi used Libya’s oil wealth to fuel his insanity and fund terrorism. The Muslim Brotherhood would funnel it into pursuing its program of regional and global takeovers and the Islamic militias that control much of Libya would become a problem for Egypt.

Egypt’s immediate security agenda is to control border instability fed by the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza and Sinai. It would only be natural for Egypt’s new rulers to turn their attention to their country’s large western border with Libya.

When he released a video calling for a change of power, General Hifter appeared marginalized and isolated. Now he has powerful financial, military and tribal allies. And many ordinary Libyans see him as a possible alternative to the unstable brutality of militia rule, of which the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans was just one example, the collapsing governments and the threat that the simmering civil war which never really ended might heat up until the bloodshed becomes as extreme as anything in Syria.

The Syrian Civil War is also Hifter’s best asset and greatest threat. The conflict called away many Jihadis who had originally fought in Libya, but if that unholy war collapses and there isn’t a more appealing conflict waiting in the wings, they may drift back to Libya to fight its military. Al Qaeda has training camps in Libya and the Islamic militias are doing well, but they may not have the numbers to take on General Hifter’s forces. And with Syria and Egypt consuming the energy and attention span of Jihadis worldwide, this may be Libya’s only chance to beat them.

Even though Hifter is stepping into the slot occupied by Gaddafi, it doesn’t mean that he is another Gaddafi.

General Hifter had close links to the United States and the CIA. In the Middle East that doesn’t mean much, but he is less likely to share Gaddafi’s resentment of the UK or his demented flavor of Socialism. Gaddafi had the same relationship to Egypt as Kim Jong Il did to the People’s Republic of China. Like China, Egypt thought it was getting a smaller version of its own rulers; instead it got an insane maniac who couldn’t be controlled by anyone including his backers.

This time Egypt may actually get what it wants; a stable Libya under military officers who, like their Egyptian counterparts, are less interested in revolution and more interested in the good life. In the best case scenario, the generals may stabilize Libya. If they don’t, Libya will wait for a strongman to finally get the job done.

The question is whether General Hifter can get the job done.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s roots in Libya have always been weak. Unlike Egypt, it hasn’t done too well at straight elections and has been forced to resort to political machinations. It got the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group to switch its orientation from Al Qaeda to the Brotherhood long enough for Gaddafi to set them loose and for them to help overthrow him. But that left the Brotherhood dependent on Islamic militias with unstable allegiances and a hunger for power.

That hasn’t worked too well for the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria where its influence has been swamped by Al Qaeda. The Brotherhood is a parasite that depends on a facsimile of civilization even as it works to destroy it. Post-Gaddafi Libya is closer to Syria than to Egypt, its tribal links are more powerful than political slogans and even religion.

If Libya’s generals can win quickly, the Muslim Brotherhood’s hopes of getting its greasy hands on the country’s oil wealth will go the way of its brief time ruling Egypt. If they can’t, then Libya may go the way of Syria. The Libyan military was known as a joke under Gaddafi and its performance during the Libyan Civil War didn’t do much to impress anyone.

And then there is the Obama card.

General Hifter claims American support, but it’s doubtful that he has anything except maybe a few leftover contacts in the CIA. The Arab Spring was never about democracy, it was about convincing Islamists to pursue their Caliphate dreams through political elections, instead of suicide bombings. Hifter, like Al-Sisi, is upsetting that particular apple cart and the vendors of its sour fruit in Washington and Brussels won’t thank him for it.

But Al-Sisi also demonstrated that Obama is too weak to be worth fearing. Despite his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, Obama was forced to accept a new Egypt. And, after kicking and screaming, even provide it with military aid. Hifter is gambling that Obama won’t turn to a second unpopular military intervention in the Middle East and will accept a fait accompli.

Especially if it turns out to have been backed by Saudi Arabia.

Egypt was meant to be a model for the revolutions of the Arab Spring, but instead it became a counterrevolutionary model. Even if Egypt isn’t behind Hifter, the general obviously drew inspiration from what the Egyptian military did to a much more powerful Muslim Brotherhood regime. And he also drew inspiration from Obama’s inability to meaningfully respond to it.

Like Obama, the pundits and talking heads will learn little humility from the swiftness with which the Middle East erased their new era of history from history. They thought that their plans for the region were set in stone. Instead they were writing on sand. The wind has blown across the desert and their plans have blown away with it.

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  • UCSPanther

    I don’t think this General can be any worse than what has already been seen in the Middle East thus far.

    • popsiq

      That’s a refreshing perspective. Now for the National Geographic piece on the subject.

    • truebearing

      That would be hard to do.

      If nothing else, the attrition of Al Queda and the Muslim Brotherhood will continue. The more the nutjobs kill each other, the better.

  • Texas Patriot

    This is really an amazing development, and may be quite positive in the larger scheme of things. As we all know, the so-called “Arab Spring” was never really about Arabs, but rather the religious zealots of the Muslim Brotherhood and various and sundry radical Islamic groups who were hellbent to make war and bring down secular governments throughout the middle east for purposes of restoring the Islamic Caliphate. Arab nationalism may not be a perfect political solution, but it is certainly to be preferred over radical global Islamism and a global government based on 7th Century moral constructs. It reminds me a little bit of Caroline Glick’s proposal for a larger, more secular, and more dominant Israeli government. Can it possibly be that the world is moving, albeit glacially, in the right direction?

    • popsiq

      The Arab spring was about upsetting the arab applecart.

      • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

        No, it was about pretending that “democracy” without freedom could somehow benefit the Middle East. It was based on historical ignorance and political stupidity. It assumed that Islamic law was somehow compatible with either freedom or democracy. Such was and is the policy of Obama, and it has failed utterly.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      the Middle East tends to revert to a baseline norm

  • popsiq

    BS. This is precisely the outcome that would have been number one with the bullets that dropped Ghadaffi. The object wasn’t to enlighten Moslem fundamentalists to use a ballot box, they’re better at that than Dems and Reps, it was to replace ‘questionable’ arab administrations with regimes that would be more ‘beneficial’ American interests.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Gaddafi became fairly beneficial, certainly more so than what replaced him

      • popsiq

        What replaced him hasn’t really developed a form, yet. As self-appointed leader of the Islamic counter-jihad he was certainly a useful, if not very trustworthy, tool.

        Sitting on the next 15 years oil supply made him a target for ‘change’.

    • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

      Obama is very little concerned with advancing American interests, a fact which seems to have eluded you.

      • popsiq

        You just don’t share the same ‘interests’, or you’re being fooled.

    • truebearing

      What?

  • guest

    What just happened in the middle east?
    What happened was the people were given a chance however slim, to demonstrate if they had improved in any way. And the results are clear.
    This amounts to islam’s last chance.
    No one will ever again say, hey let’s try an islamic republic!

    Why is western civilization better?
    One, private use of force is forbidden.
    We do this with laws and a general cooperation of most everyone except the criminals, which fall to the police. It works because use of deadly force is authorized only for the police. Here you can have a gun only for personal protection.
    We now know, muslims don’t think like this. They have an AK for the day they meet a person without one with something they want.
    The only practical way to deal with this is a big Sisi or a Hifter.

    Rule of law, checks and balances safeguards, regular elections so you don’t get 40 year lifelong corrupt politicians, etc.

    Oh wait…

    • Daniel Greenfield

      pity people don’t learn from history

      • WalterBannon

        particularly left wing people

    • Judahlevi

      Multiculturalism teaches that all cultures have the same value.

      This is not true.

      It is human beings who all deserve the same amount of respect for being human, not cultures. Islamic culture is clearly an inferior culture to Western culture.

      We can respect all human beings but we should make sure that the cultures which are respected and promoted are the best cultures, not the worst.

      • Moa

        Great post and great articulation of a great idea!

    • Americana

      I wouldn’t say multiculturalism teaches that all cultures have the same value. Rather, to me, multiculturalism says you must approach each culture from its own sociological perspective along w/analyzing all other qualifiers. Western civilization as we see it today has had its fairly recent ideological ups and downs between WW I and WW II. We are no more safe from producing another Hitler than any other culture that I can see, we merely have more recent experience w/having dealt w/some.

      We either understand the rarity of these highly committed ideologues within all cultures or we can try to pretend that zealots like Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri are 100% representative of their culture. But we cannot claim that the election and the subsequent demotion of the Muslim Brotherhood indicates anything but a desire for secularism in government in one of the most populous Muslim countries. Other Muslim countries w/secularist democratic political movements will hopefully be motivated by the Egyptian success in reversing the Muslim Brotherhood’s ascent to power.

      • Judahlevi

        Says the person who appears to be an apologist for Obama.

        Nice try.

        • Americana

          Since “Obama apologist” is the universal insult against dissenting voices that don’t take the populist line on Front Page Mag, I’ll have to say you’re wrong. I’m not an apologist for Pres. Obama simply because I say there’s not much that an American President can do except ride this lion and take every opportunity to attempt to tame it. I feel I’m more of a realist. Feel free to argue against me w/that perspective in mind because that’s how I’m arguing. (Is that real? Could this really be real? What is unreal about that scenario?)

          • Drakken

            The problem with trying to ride a lion is, it eventually eats you.

      • Drakken

        You and reality in the same sentence is an oxymoron.

  • nimbii

    Thank you Daniel. It looks like Obama is foiled once again and for the reasons you clearly stated. Not sure why Obama is a Muslim Brotherhood lover.

    • Americana

      Not sure why everyone is assuming that Pres. Obama and the American and world intelligence community are upset about Gen. Al Sisi coming to the fore in the Egyptian election. I believe what Pres. Obama has said indicates quiet but genuine U.S. support for an Egyptian President forced by circumstances to put himself forward at a time of crisis. Obama gave th Muslim Brotherhood a chance to maintain secularism and they chose to betray the wishes of the Egyptian people, however, the Egyptian people did vote the Muslim Brotherhood into power and they just as quickly forced them to relinquish power.
      __________________________________________________________________

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/15/us-egypt-sisi-idUSBREA4E07X20140515

      From the above link:

      “The Egyptian army is undertaking major operations in the Sinai so it is not transformed into a base for terrorism that will threaten its neighbors and make Egypt unstable. If Egypt is unstable then the entire region is unstable,” said a quietly spoken Sisi, wearing a dark civilian suit.

      “We need American support to fight terrorism, we need American equipment to use to combat terrorism.”

      He said neighboring Libya, which has descended into chaos following the Western-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, was becoming a major security threat to Egyptwith jihadis infiltrating across the border to fight security forces.

      (Americana: )Most importantly from the above link, I believe Pres. Al Sisi is appealing to Pres. Obama as a fellow leader fighting against terrorism in his homeland.)

      Sisi said the army was forced to intervene by a popular uprising against the Brotherhood’s partisan rule.

      (Americana: I would say based on the following that Pres. Al Sisi believes the Obama administration will be more than willing to let the Muslim Brotherhood fall by the wayside because it was dishonest in its representation of its political aims in Egypt.) >>>>>>>

      “The more time passes the more the vision gets clearer to everyone. People and the world realize what happened in Egypt was the will of all of the Egyptian people”, said Sisi at a hotel partly owned by the army.

      “The army could not have abandoned its people or there would have been a civil war and we don’t know where that would have taken us. We understand the American position. We hope that they understand ours.”
      __________________________________________________________________
      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/03/egypt-sisi-resigns-as-defence-minister-2014326183926915155.html

      From the above link:

      This is a NEUTRAL statement of a U.S. position on Gen. Al Sisi’s election. Sisi doesn’t sound like precisely the same kind of dictator Hosni Mubarak was. He sounds like his own man who’s forced by circumstances to choose this scenario of taking on the Presidency. He did so legitimately as far as I can tell. >>>>

      Commenting on Sisi’s candidacy, the United States, a major source of military aid to Egypt, said it did not support individual candidates or parties in Egyptian elections.

      “As the election process moves forward we urge the Egyptian authorities to ensure that the elections are free, fair, and transparent; that all candidates are able to campaign freely, without fear of harassment or intimidation; and that the views of all the Egyptian people are fully represented,” White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

      • Drakken

        Your hero Obummer and his lackey ambassador to Egypt are against Al-Sisi and the MB being pushed out along with our influence is a result of your hero Obummer and his pro MB policies. Now the Russians have stepped in as a result of Obummer and company stepping on their collective d*cks and complete incompetence that a 3rd grader could have told you what was going to happen. The fact that you hold Obummer and company in high esteem, really speaks volumes about you.

        • Americana

          Oh, please, not the categorical body slam of using the MB against me! Who says I hold Pres. Obama in high regard simply because I’m willing to look at the situation w/an unjaundiced eye? Despite you claiming Obama and his administration are simply dead in the water in the region, I’m pretty sure that the American plan from now on is to roll w/the populist punches in the Middle East and keep a very close eye on the players and hope that the best man comes forward for American and Western interests. That’s not being dead in the water, that is simply taking a more subtle subordinate role. (Something to be expected for a long time to come for the U.S. once the Shah was ousted so long ago!) A third grader might have envisioned this debacle of the Muslim Brotherhood coming into power through failing to do full disclosure about their intended policies but I bet a third grader wouldn’t have foreseen that the Muslim Brotherhood would have been shown the door just as quickly post-election.

          I’ll continue to speak volumes about me and my thinking and not leave it up to such as you to put words in my mouth.

          • Drakken

            Comrade Obummer policies in the muslim world are not just being subtle and subordinate, they are being trashed and discredited. I do have my dusty boots on the ground here, and I see every bloody day the incompetence and abject stupidity running both State, and the spooks always getting conflicting orders and have no idea what to do or where to go, it is a clusterf**k of monumental proportions, and folks like you who know jacksh*t about nothing here continue to praise Obummer as the greatest thing since the coming of Christ.
            Anyone who knows anything about the Egyptian military would know that the MB wouldn’t have lasted long in Egypt or anywhere else for that matter for the military one way or another here will win out almost every time.
            Lack of support for the Shah was that incompetent idiot peanut Carters doing, and if we had helped the Shah stomp on those god forsaken ayatollahs, we wouldn’t have Iran as an enemy today.
            Your thinking is utterly worthless and nothing more than wishful thinking.

    • Moa

      The great Barry Rubin explains this for you. Please watch all the way to the end, as he covers why it is undeclared *Democrat* policy to appease the Muslim Brotherhood by furthering their interests. Note: it’s not just Obama doing this – swap Obama for any other Democrat and you get the same, completely consistent (and completely delusional) policy:

      “Barry Rubin: Assessing Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood
      ” [30 mins]
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNQCEZlK5ig

      RIP: Barry Rubin (28 January 1950 – February 3, 2014)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Rubin

  • Habbgun

    The good news is that Arab TV executives are happy again. Now they know how they can fill eight hours of programming. The strong man will be back on the balcony reviewing his vast army for a full eight hours. Weird that so many tanks have the same serial number. It’s like the army is marching in a circle for eight hours but why would they do that?

  • Americana

    If Gen. Al-Sisi is backed by Saudi Arabia AND the U.S. and he succeeds at taking Libya out of its politcal tailspin, that doesn’t indicate to you that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia aren’t backing the right horse? I find it strange you say he’s only got a few “leftover CIA contacts” if he’s also being championed by Saudi Arabia.

    The fact populations in the Middle East are learning they aren’t able to trust that the Muslim Brotherhood won’t abide by pre-election promises is a lesson that will play out OVER TIME. The situations in the Middle East aren’t simply determined by the season we claim they’re in, rather they’re in for long-term seasonal cycles until they’ve weathered the substantial change required for true democracy to flourish and beat back theocracy.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Obama opposes Al Sisi. He backed Morsi.

      Saudi Arabia isn’t on the same page as Obama these days.

      • Americana

        (Ooops, I meant Gen. Hifter in the above 1st sentence!) Saudi Arabia is on the same page as Pres. Obama in all the essential geopolitical factors. But the Saudis know they are facing their very own political demons and that their religious status won’t continue to protect their reign in Saudi so they will choose to solve their internal and external issues in ways they feel are most solidly beneficial for them rather than the U.S.

    • truebearing

      When the premise is faulty, the argument will fail. Virtually every premise you are basing your comment on is false.

      • Americana

        Considering you represent only one premise, you’d be inclined to write that.

        • Drakken

          Considering your analysis of Obummers policy is completely wrong and bloody wrong headed, I would say your batting a 1,000.

    • Drakken

      As long as islam exists, your wishful thinking that democracy will flourish is nothing more than a pipe dream. There will be more slaughter, chaos and mayhem in the future in the muslim world. The muslim world is either run by a strongman or a mullah, at least the strongman keeps the imams to a dull roar.

  • wileyvet

    Unlike western nations, Libya and Egypt can ruthlessly pursue the MB and destroy it root and branch. There can be no quarter given. It should be evident by now what the MB is and is not, and what it has tried to effect since its founding in 1928. In the Mid East, the Ikhwan uses terrorism, while in the west it hides behind Muslim Student Associations, CAIR, ISNA, IIIT, and other front groups as the other side of their nefarious plan to subvert America and bring her down from within. The MB in America is the same as the Ikhwan of Egypt under Morsi. The ideology is the same, and the end goal is the same. A caliphate, ruling the entire world, under Islam. Anyone who supports, or gives cover to the MB is colluding with an organization that seeks the destruction of the civilized world.

  • Frau Katze

    US govt has said it does not support or condone the new guy.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/20/us-libya-usa-idUSBREA4J0QU20140520

    • Daniel Greenfield

      of course not, it only supports Jihadists

  • Lanna

    Good article Daniel, Surprising effects from the Muslim Brotherhood demanding power in Egypt.

  • truebearing

    This is yet more evidence that Obama’s foreign policy is based entirely on ideology, not intelligent assessment of situations as they really are.

    Ideologues stink at foreign policy because they are restricted to a small number of options that must adhere to rigid ideological tenets that can’t anticipate exceptions to narrow rules. An ideology may be imposed on a nation, but it can’t be imposed in foreign affairs without military force and conquest. Obama still hasn’t figured that out. The depth of his foreign policy acumen in the Middle East amounts to loyalty to Islam and his wish to see Islam succeed. He has no insight or capacity for intelligent analysis. The only thing he has accomplished is creating chaos and destroying the reputation of the US. Maybe that was his goal all along.

    • Andrew

      Precisely, what we’re witnessing is every promise and assurance those radicals bemoaned about in the 60′s in regards to foreign policy, that if only they held the levers of power that they’d be able to usher in the “secular utopia” on Earth, “blow up” in the face of their perfected “Frankenstein’s Monster”.

    • Moa

      The core of the Democrat foreign policy is Cultural Marxist “Critical Theory”. This states that whatever is wrong in the World is a result of the West doing things, or not doing things. Whatever happens, the West is to blame.

      From that starting point the Left end up *hating* America and everything it stands for – because they are convinced that every evil and injustice originates from America and the West.

      This is why you see:
      1) Obama apologizing for America being American to all Middle Eastern despots.

      2) The Democrats working hard to destroy America as it is.

      3) The Democrats wanting to elevate all non-Western states, while pushing down all Western states – to restore “equality”.

      Make no mistake, the Left *hates* America as it was and is. That is why they seek a fundamental transformation of America, its culture, and its people.

      Even Sayet explains this very clearly:
      “How Modern Liberals Think” [56 mins]
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c

      and

      Andrew Breitbart called, “One of the five most important conservative speeches ever given”
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDb3sTwD_vA

      Enjoy! and know. your. enemy. (Leftism)

  • ping

    “Say goodbye to the last of the Arab Spring”
    Hey now, be fair, we’re still waiting for Yemen to have their elections (LOL!)

  • WalterBannon

    Obama is truly a buffoon and a traitor at the same time.

    • Jimi Belton

      A Buffoon and a Sleeze bag…He is a Muz-zee and just will say ANYTHING to deceive the dumbo`s and losers of USA I speak of the sadd Losers that has given their ALL to buy into the great Lie, called Obambo anything…He is a lying POSpit, You cannot buy into a word that this Phycopathic Lying scum will say….He is as lost today as he was 25 years, He is a Homosexual, and a MAJOR drug head….Foreign born and a crack user

      Have i missed anything….I buy what Sinclair says about this crack head, moreso that what the drive-by Media says….BTW, Thank you Mr. Greenfield

  • darnellecheri

    I am not smart enough to make an analysis on the emerging developments on this “rogue” General. I am cynical enough, however, to sense some colliding patterns. The US Intelligence community has Ansar al-Sharia in their sights, specifically, Abu Khattela, as the perpetrator(s) behind the murders of our US countrymen at Benghazi of 9.11.12. Gen. Hifter has launched a campaign against Ansar al-Sharia, but doesn’t call it a coup. I wonder if the General has more friends in the US than we suspect, as well as the UAE. They both have interests that would bring some victory and stability, but for the US, a boost for the reputation of the Obama administration. But what do I know? I am just an armchair political scientist.

    • truebearing

      Who is smart enough to really know what is going on in the quicksand of the Muslim Middle East?

      If Obama is in any way behind Hifter, he isn’t doing it in his typical “look at me” narcissistic way. He’s actually keeping his big mouth shut.

      I don’t think Obama is behind Hifter, and I especially don’t think he cares about revenge for Benghazi. If that is the play, it is because someone pulling Obama’s strings is concerned about Benghazi hurting Hillary, but it seems like there would be a better way to do it than with a general with ties to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, both of whom now hate Obama.

      Who knows. We’re trying to see through the smoke screen of lies being pumped out of the Whitehouse 24/7 to read the shifting sands of a region that makes nitroglycerin look stable.

      • Americana

        I believe there have been several pronouncements that American forces will be going after the Benghazi terrorists just like they were sent after Osama bin Laden once they’ve been identified individually and American forces have a chance to do so. To the extent it’s wise to back Gen. Hifter given the current players in Libya and the situation, I believe the U.S. is backing him.

        • Drakken

          They have been identified and Obummer and company will not do a bloody thing about it, I do enjoy your wishful kumbaya thinking though.

          • pfbonney

            One member of the media found one of the perpetrators sitting at a cafe in Benghazi just days after 9/11/12, and found that no one from the US government had been conducting an investigation at the compound by then.

            Had it not been for FNC, I’m not sure anyone would have investigated. Least of all the Obama regime. Too busy making the cocktail party rounds.

            The only reason American forces were going after bin Laden was because that “village idiot” Bush set them in motion. Bush isn’t there to set them in motion this time around.

            Dream on.

    • Moa

      The Democrats (not just Obama) back the Muslim Brotherhood. Please watch this until the end, then you will understand why the US has been doing what it has been doing in Libya and Egypt:
      “Barry Rubin: Assessing Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNQCEZlK5ig

      • pfbonney

        Informative video. Thanks for sharing.

        • Moa

          My pleasure. I’m glad you found it informative. Please spread the word, and repost the video.

  • mackykam

    Well, to paraphrase…a good muslim is a dead jihadi. Here’s hoping for tons of good cheer, inshallah (LOL)!

  • American1969

    #amateurhourinforeignpolicy

  • Kathie Ampela

    I’m a fan of your columns, Daniel, and I certainly am no expert on Libyan geopolitics, but I find it hard to believe that this guy Hifter is now in Libya by accident. I tend to disagree with you that the U.S. & CIA isn’t behind a sudden appearance of a “rogue” general who has lived in suburban Virginia (Langley proximity) since 1991. This should have been the strategy from the beginning, Hifter has been an intelligence asset really since Reagan (see here: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-cias-man-in-libya-2011-4) …Why the convoluted shenanigans funneling weapons through Benghazi to Syria? (don’t answer that, I already know) Teenage fan boys always think They Know Better. Bush was an evil moron, but Obama is the smartest being ever walk the face of the earth. Politicians talk out of both sides of their face. Obama is paying lip service to the MB (that’s where his heart is) but he can’t afford to be embarrassed by his Libyan intervention and Hillary ESPECIALLY can’t. This is really an amazing story…the implosion of the Left’s foreign policy and yet so few will ever know about it. We got endless, wall to wall, nightly coverage of Bush’s “evil” wars but this story is considered “underground” and “fringe.” Wow!

  • pfbonney

    “It didn’t take Egypt very long to revert back to a military oligarchy.”

    Proving the real enemy of Middle East is Obama’s America, not the pre-Obama America, as the political left has tried to make us believe (and as Greenfield has set the record straight, previously).

    “The Libyan military was known as a joke under Gaddafi and its performance during the Libyan Civil War didn’t do much to impress anyone.”

    Or during its war/ border dispute with Chad, in the 1990s, or whenever it was, when tiny Chad kicked their butt. Relations improved when a new, pro-Gaddafi Chad leader came to power. Even then, when it needed to build an oil pipeline to the sea, it chose a route through Cameroon, not Libya, due to Cameroon’s relative stability. But I digress.

    “General Hifter claims American support, but it’s doubtful that he has anything except maybe a few leftover contacts in the CIA.”

    Probably due to Obama’s tendency to purge anyone who doesn’t march in lockstep with him. He’s always after yes-men. “Yes we can!”. Although he still can’t, even with a regime full of yes-men. Plus, the reason why the brokerage house Lehman Brothers collapsed is because the CEO purged his subordinates of any countering views, and surrounded himself with yes-men. Consequently, there was no one left to explain the risks he was taking. But Obama doesn’t really care. Obama intends to preside over the demise of the United States, as we know it, anyway, and keep the spoils for himself and his cronies.

    “Like Obama, the pundits and talking heads will learn little humility from the swiftness with which the Middle East erased their new era of history from history.”

    With the compliant media, Obama will be protected. Like China’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, the fact that each failed and millions died as a result of Chairman Mao’s ideas was of little consequence to Mao or his wife, in the end. Such charmed lives, the left has.