May 16, 2014

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, Algeria and possibly Tunisia. As to our desire to get on the right side of the Arab Spring, speeding up tumultuous events in the region actually has made it more difficult for Western states to positively influence outcomes. This has been harmful to Western interests; and it has been harmful to local interests, too, from a humanitarian perspective.

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TAGGED: Benghazi, Libya


May 5, 2014
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 denounced the video — and told the public a story in... more ››
May 5, 2014
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 claims of the right wing, we’re once again... more ››
May 6, 2014
Libya Has Become 'Scumbag Woodstock'
Eli Lake, The Daily Beast
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May 5, 2014
Don't Tune Out Newest Benghazi Developments
John Kass, Chicago Trib.
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