Libya

الجماهيرية العربية الليبية الشعبية الإشتراكية العظمى

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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The Fear of Greater Chaos - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Uust because autocracy has failed does not mean that democracy can work. And just because the tumultuous, dramatic weakening of central control in big states has not happened yet d...

ISIS Extends Its Reach - Benjamin Barthe, Worldcrunch

Unlike al-Qaeda, which was always meant to operate on a global level, ISIS has been much more linked to its territory in Syria and Iraq. But that's now starting to change....

America's Pointless, Never-Ending War - B. Chellaney, Project Syndicate

It is time for the US to recognize that since it launched its war on terror, the scourge has only spread. The Afghanistan-Pakistan belt has remained “ground zero” for t...

More than Shock and Awe Needed in Iraq - T. Karon, The National

If Mr Obama’s declaration of limited war sounded a little unconvincing, it fits with a theme: the days when US megaphone diplomacy might prompt an adversary to think twice ar...

Barack Obama's Failed Leadership - William Kristol, Weekly Standard

We have a president who thinks of himself as community-organizer-in-chief, who thinks leadership can be from behind. This is, to say the least, unfortunate. The prospect of two mor...

A Political Coming of Age in the Gulf - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with Egypt, must go down as one of the most intrigu...

Anarchy Looms in Libya - The Economist

For those Libyans who complain about Western powers fiddling as their country slides into anarchy, the revelation that an Arab air force secretly mounted strikes against one side i...

The New Arab Cold War - Steven A. Cook, Jacob Stokes & Alexander Brock, FP

The popular conception of the Middle East is one of a region divided along sectarian lines pitting Sunni against Shiite, but another simultaneous struggle is underway among predomi...

Libya Disintegrates - Japan Times

Little noticed by a world transfixed by the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the surreptitious Russian invasion of Ukraine, and China’s assertive behavior in the E...

U.S. Can't Retreat and Still Call the Shots - Max Boot, Commentary

Want to know what happens when the U.S. retreats from a leadership role in the Middle East? This is what happens–Egypt and the United Arab Emirates together collaborate to stag...

Libya the Sign of a Newly Proactive Gulf - Jane Kinninmont, The Guardian

Whatever has happened in Libya in the past few days – with the US claiming that the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were behind several airstrikes on Islamist militias – it is...

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....

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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By Ulf Laessing MUSAID Libya (Reuters) - When the man in charge of Libya's main border crossing ...

UN's Ban calls for end to fight

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled Saturday to Libya to support a r...

UN chief in Libya, calls for end to

Tripoli (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on a surprise visit to Libya Saturday urged warring factions to...

'At least 21' dead in Libya

Tripoli (AFP) - At least 21 people were killed and more than 60 wounded in clashes between rival tri...

Libya clashes drive 287,000 from ho

Geneva (AFP) - A spike in clashes between rival militias in Libya has pushed the number of people dr...