It Took U.S. 'Several Days' to Figure Out Who Bombed Libya
4:46 PM, Aug 27, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
With lawmakers ratcheting up pressure on Obama to take action in Syria, few in the administration have been paying close attention to Libya, apparently. As Fox News's Jennifer Griffin reported last night on Special Report with Bret Baier, the United States was baffled for days as to who conducted airstrikes in Libya.
At the end of her package, she notes:
This is troubling in several ways:
1). The U.S. is not monitoring the area that closely, and if we are, we're not doing a good job of it. While most people think the government is an omniscient, omnipresent entity that knows our every move, our intelligence capabilities aren't as great as most people probably thought they were.
While we're deploying drones in Syria, as Jennifer Griffin also noted yesterday in a separate report, there "aren't enough to go around" to cover key areas. (Meanwhile, Griffin pointed out that ISIS fighters took over a Syrian military air base on Monday, while Obama has pledged $500 million for Syrian friendly forces in next year's budget.)
2). Perhaps even more disconcerting, Egypt and the UAE, supposedly among our strongest allies in the Middle East, didn't trust us enough to even give us a courteous heads up -- either before or even after the fact -- let alone coordinate with us on any level. They left us completely in the dark.
As the New York Times reported:
3). Our allies in the Middle East have no confidence in our ability to lead or to have their backs.
In an article titled "Libya air strikes show UAE willing to 'go it alone,'" the AFP described the feeling of abandonment our allies have:
4). The United States, the world's lone superpower, has removed itself from the world stage via Obama's foreign policy "doctrine," and the rest of the world knows it.
The American Thinker points out that regardless of whether he's prepared, Obama may never get that 2 a.m. phone call:
The U.S. also played no role in the negotiations Egypt facilitated between Israel and the Palestinians. American officials had to read about the cease fire agreement on Twitter.
5). Leading from behind equals retreat and weakness.
The Associated Press, with a headline of "Egypt, Emirates Airstrikes in Libya Show Impatience With US," explains:
While Egypt and the UAE saw the Islamists' attempt to take over the international airport in Tripoli as a serious threat that should be met with action, the U.S. did nothing, other than close the embassy in Tripoli last month. But what else can we expect though from a Secretary of State who equates being a Massachusetts senator with governing Libya?
Then, after the airstrikes, America, along with Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, put their heads together and came out with a written "condemnation": "We believe outside interference in Libya exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya's democratic transition." The Islamists were quaking in their boots to be sure.
Egypt and the UAE were unsuccessful and the Islamists captured the Tripoli airport, but if they had trusted the U.S. enough, or if they thought the U.S. would have supported them with actual military assistance instead of a vague 14 words, perhaps the outcome would have been different, and we'd be turning the tide in at least one hot spot.
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