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)

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Obama Has Made the World More Dangerous - Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

Since 2009, America’s credibility has been badly eroded and the world has become far more dangerous and unstable. The price of American retreat has been terrible, made all th...

Hillary Clinton Defends Her Role in Libya - CNN

Hillary Clinton was asked her opinion on the president's position that not being prepared for the aftermath of Moammar Gadhafi's fall in Libya, as being one of the great regrets of...

Hillary Clinton Has No Regrets About Libya - Kim Ghattas, Foreign Policy

If Democrats prefer to tie the chaos in today’s Middle East, specifically the rise of the Islamic State, to the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq, the Republican h...

Obama's Biggest Mistake Isn't Libya. It's Syria. - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg

President Barack Obama said Sunday that his biggest mistake as president was failing to plan for the day after the fall of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. But as bad as Libya looks to...

Libya Needs to United - The National

We have no way of knowing yet whether the militia-backed administration in Tripoli cedeing power to the United Nations-backed unity government will be the breakthrough that will en...

The Libya Intervention Was a Success - Shadi Hamid, Vox

Libya and the 2011 NATO intervention there have become synonymous with failure, disaster, and the Middle East being a "shit show" (to use President Obama’s colorful descriptor). ...

Italy's Search for a New Libyan Savior - Alberto Mucci, Politico EU

Rome hopes stability in the North African nation will protect its oil interests and stop the flow of migrants....

Libya Mars Clinton's Foreign Policy Credentials - George Will, Wash Post

Republican peculiarities in this political season are so numerous and lurid that insufficient attention is being paid to this: The probable Democratic nominee’s principal cre...

ISIS Expands as Libya Descends into Chaos - Christoph Reuter, Spiegel

With two separate governments waging war against each other, Libya is crumbling. Islamic State is taking advantage of the turmoil to put down roots in the country. The US is weighi...

The Obama Doctrine - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Obama has come to a number of dovetailing conclusions about the world, and about America’s role in it. The first is that the Middle East is no longer terribly important to Am...

A Radical Idea to Save Libya: Restore the Monarchy - Declan Walsh, NYT

The popular memory of King Idris, who died in Cairo in 1983, has quietly endured in Libya. And now, after Colonel Qaddafi’s own fall and the years of violent turmoil that hav...

ISIS's Expansion Woes - Gartenstein-Ross & Barr, War on the Rocks

Judging from the Islamic State’s propaganda, it would appear the group is rapidly overtaking the Muslim world. The Islamic State has declared wilayats (provinces) in ten coun...

Clinton's Libyan Delusions - Daniel Larison, American Conservative

The New York Times reports on Hillary Clinton’s role in the Libyan war. This passage sums up much of what’s wrong with how Clinton and her supporters think about how th...

Obama, Clinton Learned Different Things in Libya - Z. Beauchamp, Vox

In 2011, the United States and several European countries intervened in Libya's civil war, ultimately helping to topple dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Today, everybody agrees that Libya...

Hillary Clinton's Libya Gamble - Jo Becker & Scott Shane, New York Times

This is the story of how a woman whose Senate vote for the Iraq war may have doomed her first presidential campaign nonetheless doubled down and pushed for military action in anoth...

Another Messy Frontier in the War on ISIS - Guardian

Five years on from insurrection and military intervention, the west is considering its options again. But amid the chaos of a collapsed state, don’t expect easy answers...

Why Did the US Really Bomb Libya? - Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

The pre-dawn bombing that killed some 40 suspected terrorists near the border with Tunisia appears to be better understood as a one-off operation aimed at protecting that fledgling...

Obama Refuses to Hit ISIS's Libyan Capital - Nancy Yousseff, Daily Beast

The terror group is gaining ground in Libya. But the Obama administration has said no to a Pentagon plan to go after ISIS there....

How Much of Libya Does the Islamic State Control? - El Amrani, FP

More than you think -- and it’s growing. But putting boots on the ground could only make the situation worse....

Friendly Dictators Can't Save the Arab World - David Blair, Telegraph

If you topple a dictator you have chaos today; if you support him you have turmoil tomorrow and great human suffering in the meantime....

The Many Middle East Solutions - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

It will be a Middle East shaped by struggle over a one-state solution, a no-state solution, a non-state solution and a rogue-state solution....

ISIS's Dream Is Libya's Nightmare - Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed

Five years after the uprising that led to the downfall of Qaddafi, Libya is a failed state, torn apart by rival militias. ISIS is growing stronger by the day, and poorly armed make...

Does Obama Not See the Tides of War Swell? - J. Diehl, Washington Post

“The tide of war is receding,” Barack Obama tirelessly insisted four years ago as he campaigned for reelection. Even then, the slogan seemed untethered from reality. No...

Will Libya Be Site of Obama's Next War? - Walter Mead, American Interest

The next president is going to inherit an even bigger Middle East mess from President Obama than President Obama inherited from President Bush....

Opening a New Front Against ISIS in Libya - New York Times

The Pentagon is ramping up intelligence-gathering in Libya as the Obama administration draws up plans to open a third front in the war against the Islamic State. This significant e...

A Terror State Builds Unopposed in Libya - Wall Street Journal

Islamic State is advancing with too little Western opposition....

World Must Wake to ISIS Threat in Libya - H. Felter, Conservative Home

Iraq, Syria and Libya will someday return to some kind of peace. What hope is there for their economies and their tourist industries if we continue to allow Daesh to smash up their...

How to Save Libya from the Islamic State - Mustafa Fetouri, Al-Monitor

The Islamic State is gaining ground in Libya, already having seized control of Sirte, an hour's flight from southern Europe....

Fighting for Libya's Energy Wealth - International Crisis Group

Since the Qadhafi regime fell in 2011, Libya has been beset by attacks on, labour strikes at and armed takeovers of oil and gas facilities, mostly by militias seeking rents from th...

Iraq, Syria, and Libya No Longer Exist - Azeem Ibrahim, Al Arabiya

It should not come as a surprise then that certain places we think of as countries at the moment no longer exist. In the media we refer to places like Syria, Iraq and Libya as &ldq...

Britain Needs Egypt's Sissi on Its Side - Con Coughlin, Daily Telegraph

Taking action that harms the Egyptian economy could also be counterproductive to Mr Cameron’s plans for bringing stability to North Africa...

From Beirut to Benghazi - Kevin B. Sullivan, RealClearWorld

The 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, carried out by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah resulted in the deaths of 241 Americans, including 220 U.S. Marines. ...

Four Years After Gadhafi, Is Libya Better Off? - M. Fetouri, Al-Monitor

Libya drifts dangerously to the point of no return as Islamic militants terrorize civilians and two rival governments battle it out....

Another Gadhafi for Libya? - Frederic Wehrey, New York Times

BENGHAZI, Libya — In the crowded trauma room of a threadbare hospital, a procession of bedraggled soldiers files in, bearing a grim catalogue of wounds: shrapnel in the neck,...

Libya Peace Deal on Verge of Collapse - T. el-Ghobashy & H. Morajea, WSJ

CAIRO—United Nations-brokered peace talks aimed at reconciling Libya’s two rival governments teetered on the edge of collapse Monday, as the deadline for an accord pass...

Gadhafi's Fate Only Hardened Kim's Resolve - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

It never was likely that the North would yield up its nuclear weapons. But the Western alliance’s Libyan misadventure makes that prospect even less likely. The U.S. and Europe ma...

A Wall Along the Tunisia-Libya Border - Frederic Bobin, Worldcrunch

MEDENINE — Mounds of ocher-colored soil dot the horizon. The embankment, still loose, shows that the trench is fresh. We can't get too close as the place has been declared a ...

Refugee Death Scenes Are West's Moral Failure - B. Middleton, Al Arabiya

The exact death toll resulting from several families’ attempts to flee Syria and several other countries for Europe, on two boats, remains unknown. The latest reports indicate th...

Clinton's Unofficial Sources Sent Bad Info on Libya - J Rogin, Bloom-View

Only days before Muammar Qaddafi was killed in Libya, Hillary Clinton’s confidante Sidney Blumenthal wrote her a personal e-mail passing on erroneous intelligence that the Li...

The Oil Rally Might Be Over - Nick Cunningham, Oil Price

The oil markets could be about to enter another round of soft prices....

Libya's War Is a Greater Threat than ISIS - The National

Libya’s fractious factions have yet again rejected a proposal to end the conflict. After months of talks between the rival groups, the UN envoy Bernardino Leon on Monday pres...

ISIS Gains a Base in Libya - Morajea & Cunningham, WaPo

MISURATA, Libya — As the Islamic State scores new victories in Syria and Iraq, its affiliate in Libya is also on the offensive, consolidating control of Moammar Gaddafi&rsquo...

Absent Empire, Chaos Reigns in the Middle East - Robert D. Kaplan, FP

Imperialism may have fallen out of fashion, but history shows that the only other option is the kind of chaos we see today....

Libyan Chaos Will Thwart Europe's Migrant Plan - Joshua Keating, Slate

Migrants often serve as the unwitting alarm bells of global crisis. It took the appearance of hundreds of unaccompanied minors at the southern border to wake U.S. leaders up to the...

The Story Behind Benghazi - Terry Atlas, Bloomberg View

A report capping a two-year investigation by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee was released in November. It repudiated “the swirl of rumors and unsupported alle...

How Libya Continues to Flummox Europe - Anne Applebaum, WaPo

Libya disintegrated into civil war — and disappeared from Europe’s political agenda altogether. The British prime minister, who actively supported the Libyan revolution...

The Misplaced Nostalgia for a Libyan Dictator - Rolla Khalaf, FT

Tragic loss of life at sea is no excuse for some to wish dictator was still in charge...

My Libyan Friend Didn't Have to Die - Ann Marlowe, Daily Beast

The corruption and incompetence of Libya’s “leaders” and the world community has spawned a massive migrant flow into the deadly Mediterranean—and killed my ...

Is Sectarianism a Cause of Conflict, or an Effect? - A. Philps, The National

To judge by media coverage, the conflicts in the Middle East are all sectarian – they are fights between competing religions or between sects within the same religion. While ...

America Embraces the 'Death to America' Set - Benny Avni, New York Post

The commander of Iran’s terrorist al-Quds force, Qasem Soleimani, was leading the charge Tuesday as Iraqi forces attacked ISIS in Tikrit with de facto US support. In other wo...

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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