Libya

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How Libya Saps American Power

Leslie Gelb, The Daily Beast

How Libya Helped NATO Get Its Groove Back

James Joyner, Foreign Policy

West Exacerbates Libya's Suffering

Doug Bandow, The National Interest

The Future of Libya Involves the West

Rajan Menon, Los Angeles Times

Forget Libya, Afghanistan Matters More

Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

The failure of NATO and the U.S. to deal a swift blow against Gaddafi makes us look weak....(full article)

The case for the alliance is stronger than it has been since the collapse of the Soviet Union....(full article)

The tendency of public officials to misstate and mislead is well established. Put three national leaders together and the deceptions more than triple. At least, that is the lesso...(full article)

The fighting in Libya has reached a stalemate: Moammar Kadafi has proved far more resilient than his adversaries anticipated, and he has also exposed the limits...(full article)

Unlike Libya, which long ago ceased to support terrorism, al-Qaeda continues to thrive in the lawless region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Apart from stabilising Afghanistan, s...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Libya's Spectacular Democratic Failure - Globe and Mail

Canada has become the latest in a long line of countries to withdraw its diplomatic staff from Tripoli, as Libya continues its descent into chaos. Fighting between rival militias h...

Obama Plays Golf While the World Burns - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On Saturday, President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke. Literally....

The West Has Ruined Libya - Richard Spencer, Daily Telegraph

Libya is being torn apart by a comedy war with amateur generals, but it is one that the Americans have done little to try to stop. And we cannot blame them, for Libya is not Washin...

Libya Is More Dangerous than Ever - Nabila Ramdani, The Guardian

It is less than three years since Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the former Libyan dictator, was murdered by his own people. His savage killing, which took place on 20 October 2011, nea...

Did Libya Prove Hawks Right or Wrong? - Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

In August 2011, Anne-Marie Slaughter, a prominent advocate of U.S. intervention in Libya, claimed vindication in the article, "Why Libya Skeptics Were Proved Badly Wrong." Americ...

What Happens When America Disengages - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

Obama’s determination to gear down in Europe and the Middle East, regardless of circumstances, guaranteed that the United States would not respond strategically to new opport...

The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs

Shortly after the Arab Spring broke out at the tail end of 2010, two narratives took hold in the West. Optimists hailed a region-wide birth of democracy, as though the Middle East ...

The Case for Monarchy in Libya - Mark Varga, The National Interest

The Western intervention in Libya that ousted Gaddafi came at the price of emboldening some of the least democratic elements in the Arab world. A return to the past could help....

A Woman Worth as Much as All Libya's Men - Anonymous, The Daily Beast

When you hear of the death of someone you admire, someone inspiring, someone formidable, and someone so courageous, there is always a sense of sadness. When that person is someon...

Beware Libya's 'Fair Dictator' - Ibrahim Sharqieh, New York Times

In the midst of this bleak situation, a Libyan general, Khalifa Hifter, has emerged and appointed himself as the rescuer of the deeply divided country. While he seems to respond to...

America's Middle East Dilemma - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Whichever bad choice the Obama administration prefers, it should at least level with the American people. Every postwar occupation in our history has dealt with unappreciative and ...

Ahmed Abu Khattala Speaks - Mary Fitzgerald, The New Yorker

Abu Khattala has repeatedly denied leading or even taking part in the assault. He has acknowledged that he was outside the U.S. compound when it was besieged; in some interviews, h...

Where Gaddafi Is Still Revered - Isabelle Mandraud, Le Monde

He has the same curly mid-length hair, the same matte skin, the same sharp-eyed look. The likeness is unsettling. He says his name with a husky voice: "Saadi Muammar Gaddafi." Sitt...

Beware the Return of 'Strongmen' World Leaders - The Observer

In Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere, political strength increasingly means tyranny, and western weakness is allowing it to happen....

The War over Benghazi Is Happening in Benghazi - Ishaan Tharoor, WaPo

If you just listened to the political conversation in the United States, you'd be hard-pressed to know where or what Benghazi is. In the U.S., Benghazi is not a picturesque port on...

Hillary's Failed Benghazi Spin - Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard

According to Politico, Clinton once again attempts to hide behind the findings of the Accountability Review Board and dismisses those who have raised questions about its impartiali...

Emptiness at West Point - Charles Krauthammer, National Review

Is this how a great nation decides matters of war and peace — to help one party and polish the reputation of one man? As with the West Point speech itself, as with the president...

Libyan General's War on Islamic Extremists - Karl Vick, Time

Into the chaos of post-revolution Libya rides Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a former confidant of Muammar Gaddafi with a U.S. passport and a reputed history with the CIA. A resident of no...

Libya's General in His Labyrinth - Frederic Wehrey, Los Angeles Times

Libya is in the throes of its worst violence since the 2011 revolution, thrusting the country into a new phase of its troubled transition and posing new challenges for the United...

Pulling Libya Back from the Brink of Civil War - Washington Post

While Congress continues to spar over a pointless re-investigation of the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, in the real world of Libya events have taken another turn for th...

Don't Let the Islamists Win in Libya - Benny Avni, New York Post

Three years after the US military helped oust the oppressive Khadafy regime at the height of the “spring,” few in the region are crying out for liberal democracy...

NATO Has Completely Botched It in Africa - Seumas Milne, The Guardian

The dire consequences of the west's intervention are being felt today in Tripoli and across Africa, from Mali to Nigeria...

Learn from the Libyan Disaster - Gulf News

Let the Libya experience be a lesson for other such conflicts in the region. Arming a civilian population without a concrete plan for disarmament is a recipe for a protracted confl...

Libya's Slide into Chaos - The Daily Star

The chaotic situation in Libya shows no signs of improving in the near future, and one of the few certainties is the drift and paralysis that have overtaken a country blessed with ...

Libya: Failure Disguised as Success - Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, National Post

In sum, NATO’s intervention appears to have been a strategic mistake. The situation that NATO’s intervention left behind in Libya has cost further lives in Mali, Egypt,...

He's Made It Worse: Obama's Middle East - Abe Greenwald, Commentary

What have we gotten in return for our more humble posture in the Middle East? The answer, as a case-by-case examination of the most important examples reveals, is this: a new age o...

Libya Overcome by Political Chaos - Gulf News

Libya is plumbing new depths of chaos as its latest prime minister only lasted a few hours before his appointment was rejected by the acting General National Congress chairman, Ezz...

U.S. Congress Should Press for Answers on Benghazi - Chicago Tribune

The gaps in this case should alarm all of us, our personal politics be damned. In December 2012, a U.S. Senate committee documented how security warnings were "Flashing Red" &mdash...

Libya Has Become 'Scumbag Woodstock' - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

In the nearly 20 months since the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks, al Qaeda operatives and allied terrorists have flocked to Libya, making the fragile North African country a...

Why Benghazi Matters - National Review

Faced with this dramatic evidence of its incompetence six weeks before an election, the Obama administration distorted a kernel of truth — Cairo’s grand mufti had in fact denou...

Don't Tune Out Newest Benghazi Developments - John Kass, Chicago Trib.

By not releasing the Rhodes emails fully to Congress, the Obama White House clearly showed its contempt for the House. And depending on your politics, you might agree with the stra...

Please Don't Read This Benghazi Article - Hayes Brown, Think Progress

If you ignored the headline and are reading this anyway, you are part of the problem. Despite the fact that the last several resurgences have produced nothing that verifies the cla...

The Missing Benghazi Email - Wall Street Journal

Most of the media refuses to cover what happened in Benghazi in 2012, and Congressional Republicans have been less than skillful in their probes. But the story isn't going away des...

Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda....

Libya's Militias Push for a Seat at the Political Table - The National

Even when Libya takes faltering steps forward, these only appear to highlight how far the North African state still has to travel. Rebuilding a functioning state after decades of t...

In Libya, Politicians Live in Fear of Powerful Militias - Maggie Michael, AP

In a humiliating video, Libya's top politician - the head of parliament - is seen begging with a militia commander, trying to explain to him why he was caught with two women in his...

Can Libya Stay Together? - Musa al-Gharbi, The National Interest

Notwithstanding reductionist narratives about the so-called “Arab Spring,” the uprising in Libya began as a struggle for succession of the east—a struggle which had been ongo...

Libya's Old Divisions Reawaken - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

Libya has been a chaos of rival militias holding down local fiefdoms ever since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year dictatorship in 2011, but in the past month the dis...

Libya: A Western Made Disaster - Owen Jones, The Guardian

Who could object to the removal of Colonel Gaddafi? But what has happened since shames western interventionists....

Let Us Count the Ways Arabs Are Dying - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

How many ways are there to die in the Arab world today, other than through an act of nature or a natural death? Let me count the ways....

Can Russia Still Act Responsibly? - Christian Science Monitor

Despite its Crimea crime, Russia votes at the UN to honor Libya's sovereignty against rebel attempts to steal the country's oil. The world order still needs that kind of Russia....

Libya Is Now a Bigger Disaster - Gene Healy, Washington Examiner

Libya suffered through an eventful St. Patrick's Day on Monday: car bomb attacks in Benghazi killed at least eight people, and the U.S. Navy SEALs scored “one for the Morning...

Libya: A Country on the Brink - The Guardian

Morning Glory's story makes grim reading for anyone who cares about the future of the country....

Was There a Deal with Iran over Lockerbie? - Con Coughlin, The Telegraph

The West should come clean about who really bombed Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 -- we owe it to the victims’ families....

Iran, Not Libya, Is Guilty of Lockerbie Bombing - The Independent

The evidence that the Lockerbie bomb – which detonated on Flight 103 from London to Washington, killing 270 people – was planted by the Libyans gets thinner and thinner...

Leading from Behind on Syria - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind. "Leading from behind," you'll recall, is how a White House a...

The End of Arab Paternalism - Hassan Mneimneh, German Marshall Fund

Behind the empowerment of the Arab Spring and its novel focus on citizen sovereignty lies a deeper realization: the realization that the state can no longer provide. The implicatio...

Benghazi and the Smearing of Chris Stevens - Greg Hicks, Wall St Journal

Last week the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued its report on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The report concluded that the attack, which res...

Where the Buck Stops in Benghazi - Edward Morrissey, The Fiscal Times

Democrats (as “the Majority” in the report) concluded that the attempt to claim that the attack was a demonstration over a YouTube video did not constitute a cover-up, but rat...

Defining al-Qaeda Down - Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard

The Obama administration has devoted considerable time and effort to convincing the American people that al Qaeda is “on the run”—and if not already dead, then at...

UN Approves Air Strikes in Libya

A pro-Qaddafi crowd stormed a news conference given by Libya's deputy foreign minister at a hotel in Tripoli early Friday. The United Nations Security Council voted Thursday to aut...

Gaddafi Planes Bomb Rebel City

Libyan students attend a pro-Gadhafi rally organized in the parking lot of the Rixos hotel where the foreign press is staying in Tripoli, Libya, Monday March 14, 2011. Teachers ...

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Libya may be on the brink of chaos but it is gradually boosting output in the vital oil sector after...

Acting Libya oil minister Shakmak s

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Libya's acting oil minister Omar Shakmak said on Wednesday he would r...

Libya shuts 2 TV stations taken ove

Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by Islamist m...

Philippines brings home hundreds mo

More than 400 Filipino workers who fled conflict in Libya arrived in the Philippines late Saturday f...

Libya bombed by unidentified warpla

Ed Adamczyk TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Tripoli, Libya, was struck by bombs dropped from uniden...