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Posted: Feb 15, 2019 - 10:22am

US forces are bombing Libya again
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Posted: Feb 9, 2019 - 8:02pm

Conflict erupts for control of Libya's largest oil field

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Posted: May 18, 2016 - 2:47am

Ka-Ching...
U.S. and allies ready to help arm Libyan forces against Islamic State
After all it worked so well in Syria...
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Posted: Jan 27, 2016 - 7:25am

The U.S. Intervention in Libya Was Such a Smashing Success That a Sequel Is Coming - Greenwald


The immediate aftermath of the NATO bombing of Libya was a time of high gloating. Just as Iraq War advocates pointed to the capture and killing of Saddam Hussein as proof that their war was a success, Libya war advocates pointed to the capture and brutal killing of Muammar el-Qaddafi as proof of their vindication. War advocates such as Anne-Marie Slaughter and Nicholas Kristof were writing columns celebrating their prescience and mocking war opponents as discredited, and the New York Times published a front-page article declaring: “U.S. Tactics in Libya May be a Model for Other Efforts.” It was widely expected that Hillary Clinton, one of the leading advocates for and architects of the bombing campaign, would be regarded as a Foreign Policy Visionary for the grand Libya success: “We came, we saw, he died,” Clinton sociopathically boasted about the mob rape and murder of Qaddafi while guffawing on 60 Minutes.

Since then, Libya — so predictably — has all but completely collapsed, spending years now drowning in instability, anarchy, fractured militia rule, sectarian conflict, and violent extremism. The execution of Saddam Hussein was no vindication of that war nor a sign of improved lives for Iraqis, and the same was true for the mob killing of Qaddafi. As I wrote the day after Qaddafi fled Tripoli and Democratic Party loyalists were prancing around in war victory dances: â€œI’m genuinely astounded at the pervasive willingness to view what has happened in Libya as some sort of grand triumph even though virtually none of the information needed to make that assessment is known yet, including: how many civilians have died, how much more bloodshed will there be, what will be needed to stabilize that country, and, most of all, what type of regime will replace Qaddafi? … When foreign powers use military force to help remove a tyrannical regime that has ruled for decades, all sorts of chaos, violence, instability, and suffering — along with a slew of unpredictable outcomes — are inevitable.”
But the much bigger question was when (not if, but when) the instability and extremism that predictably followed the NATO bombing would be used to justify a new U.S.-led war — also exactly as happened in Iraq. Back in 2012, I asked the question this way:

How much longer will it be before we hear that military intervention in Libya is (again) necessary, this time to control the anti-US extremists who are now armed and empowered by virtue of the first intervention? U.S. military interventions are most adept at ensuring that future U.S. military interventions will always be necessary.

We now have our answer, from the New York Times: (...)

The Empire Strikes Back...
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Posted: Feb 17, 2015 - 6:15pm

Because neocons.

Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be the Exact Opposite - The Intercept/Greenwald
Benghazi!
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Posted: Oct 20, 2014 - 11:41am

From Africa's Richest State Under Gaddafi to Failed State After NATO Intervention
The Descent of Libya
by GARIKAI CHENGU

This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Western-backed assassination of Libya’s former president, Muammar Gaddafi, and the fall of one of Africa’s greatest nations.

In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time he was assassinated, Gaddafi had turned Libya into Africa’s wealthiest nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent. Less people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands.

After NATO’s intervention in 2011, Libya is now a failed state and its economy is in shambles. As the government’s control slips through their fingers and into to the militia fighters’ hands, oil production has all but stopped.

The militias variously local, tribal, regional, Islamist or criminal, that have plagued Libya since NATO’s intervention, have recently lined up into two warring factions. Libya now has two governments, both with their own Prime Minister, parliament and army.

On one side, in the West of the country, Islamist-allied militias took over control of the capital Tripoli and other cities and set up their own government, chasing away a parliament that was elected over the summer.

On the other side, in the East of the Country, the “legitimate” government dominated by anti-Islamist politicians, exiled 1,200 kilometers away in Tobruk, no longer governs anything.

The fall of Gaddafi’s administration has created all of the country’s worst-case scenarios: Western embassies have all left, the South of the country has become a haven for terrorists, and the Northern coast a center of migrant trafficking. Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia have all closed their borders with Libya. This all occurs amidst a backdrop of widespread rape, assassinations and torture that complete the picture of a state that is failed to the bone. (...)


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Posted: Oct 26, 2012 - 6:01pm

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The good part here is that the people of Benghazi have the humility and courage to reach
out to Americans and speak in good faith.  It makes all of the "bomb 'em all" hawks in the
US look like assholes...and rightly so.

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Posted: Oct 26, 2012 - 5:18am

'Death and destruction in Bani Walid' as media silent — RT

The Libyan city of Bani Walid is reported to be under heavy attack from pro-government forces and militias. Witnesses say that more civilians are being killed by shelling, while houses are engulfed in flames.

­Earlier reports suggested that the city had fallen, but continuing reports of wide-scale killing and armed gangs and militias patrolling the streets and looting people’s homes indicate that those reports are not true.

An individual in Italy who claims to have relatives in Bani Walid told RT earlier that at over 600 people have so far been killed while the number of people in hospitals is over 1,000.

A local told RT that the troops patrolling the streets were bulldozing homes and setting them on fire. (...)


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Posted: Sep 27, 2012 - 7:13pm

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And? guess he should have the top of his head lopped off. only the top though mind you.
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Posted: Sep 27, 2012 - 7:06pm

"film" maker arrested
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Posted: Sep 16, 2012 - 3:45pm

Libyan parliamentary speaker hints at military strike after consulate attack
Magariaf confirms US officials intercepted communications that linked al-Qaida in Maghreb to Islamist brigade Ansar al-Sharia


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Posted: Sep 14, 2012 - 12:16am

Revealed: inside story of US envoy's assassination - Americas - World - The Independent

The US Embassy Attacks, Explained | Mother Jones
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Posted: Sep 13, 2012 - 4:36am

Deep philosophical statement, Freudian slip or simple translation spelling mishap? You decide.{#Lol}




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Posted: Sep 12, 2012 - 10:36pm

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Posted: Jan 18, 2012 - 6:30am

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DiMora's trial is going to be a hoot.  He seems to have come full circle from his early days in Bedford Heights when he fell into an open sewage tank at the municipal treatment plant on Solon Road as a young dumbf*ck in the mid 70's.  Everytime I go by it I think of him in there.
 



And wouldn't it be nice to have a friend like Russo?
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Posted: Jan 18, 2012 - 6:25am

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C'mon kurt you know we rounded up all those rascals.  {#Mrgreen}

 
DiMora's trial is going to be a hoot.  He seems to have come full circle from his early days in Bedford Heights when he fell into an open sewage tank at the municipal treatment plant on Solon Road as a young dumbf*ck in the mid 70's.  Everytime I go by it I think of him in there.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2012 - 6:13am

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Just remembered this from a couple of days ago.  No link found, heard it on local radio news.

A Libyan judge is here in Cleveland to study American law.  He will be here until May.

They (Libyans) are so screwed.  Few towns rival Cleveland for public corruption, even Chitown pales in comparison.

Back when Dennis was still mayor, he brought in Richard Hongisto from San Fran to be his police chief.  Hongisto said upon leaving to return home to SF, that the biggest reason he came to Cleveland was to study East Coast corruption in the flesh.

 
I dunno, it would be hard to top Chicago, especially with the previous existence of Police Chief John Burge

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Posted: Jan 18, 2012 - 6:08am

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Just remembered this from a couple of days ago.  No link found, heard it on local radio news.

A Libyan judge is here in Cleveland to study American law.  He will be here until May.

They (Libyans) are so screwed.  Few towns rival Cleveland for public corruption, even Chitown pales in comparison.

Back when Dennis was still mayor, he brought in Richard Hongisto from San Fran to be his police chief.  Hongisto said upon leaving to return home to SF, that the biggest reason he came to Cleveland was to study East Coast corruption in the flesh.

 
C'mon kurt you know we rounded up all those rascals.  {#Mrgreen}
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Posted: Jan 18, 2012 - 4:57am

Just remembered this from a couple of days ago.  No link found, heard it on local radio news.

A Libyan judge is here in Cleveland to study American law.  He will be here until May.

They (Libyans) are so screwed.  Few towns rival Cleveland for public corruption, even Chitown pales in comparison.

Back when Dennis was still mayor, he brought in Richard Hongisto from San Fran to be his police chief.  Hongisto said upon leaving to return home to SF, that the biggest reason he came to Cleveland was to study East Coast corruption in the flesh.
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Posted: Nov 20, 2011 - 2:22am

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Doubt it, they'll probably try his there. I would.

The Hague (Haag, whatever) was a convenient way to avoid a polarizing trial in the Balkans for Milosevic and his cronies. They still had supporters there and there was real risk that if they were tried at home they'd get off, or at least rally supporters. Not much chance of that with the Gaddafis.
 
Hope so,we have spent enough money on this as it is.

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