Obama Plans More War on US-Ravaged Libya
by Stephen Lendman
Endless US imperial wars rage, raping one country after another. Wherever America shows up, mass slaughter, destruction and unspeakable human misery follow.
ISIS is a US creation. Following a Thursday National Security Council (NSC) meeting, a White House statement lied, saying Obama “emphasized that the United States will continue to counter ISIL terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary.”
“The President directed his national security team to continue efforts to strengthen governance and support ongoing counterterrorism efforts in Libya and other countries where ISIL has sought to establish a presence.”
Earlier on Thursday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter signaled more war on Libya ahead, despite endless violence and chaos resulting from Obama’s 2011 aggression, turning the nation into a failed state.
“Washington is developing options for what we might do” ahead, said Carter - code language for more planned naked aggression, assuring greater chaotic conditions than already, on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.
It’s elements got a foothold in Libya with US support, controlling Sirte, a gateway to several major oil fields and refineries further east.
Reports indicate Britain intends deploying about 1,000 special forces, together with thousands of US, French and Italian combat troops, along with another US-led terror-bombing campaign - supporting, not combating ISIS.
Two so-called rival governments vie for control, one in Tobruk supported by Washington and NATO allies, the other in Tripoli, Libya’s capital.
In December, both sides agreed on forming unity governance, excluding numerous tribal groups. Nothing is consummated. Internal disputes continue.
Days earlier, the so-called internationally recognized parliament overwhelmingly rejected unity government terms. The UN-backed Libyan Presidential Council is expected to present an alternative proposal.
Endless violence and chaos is fertile ground for ISIS, Washington aiding it gain strength in Libya. More US-led war assures greater devastation than already.
Internationally recognized Libyan authorities indicated opposition to foreign intervention. In December, UN envoy Ibrahim Dabbashi said “(n)obody is thinking about requesting foreign intervention at the moment. We are willing to fight (ISIS) ourselves.”
On January 22 in Paris, US Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph (“fighting Joe) Dunford met with France’s defense staff chief General Pierre de Villiers.
Following discussions, Dunford said “(i)t’s fair to say we’re looking to take decisive military action against ISIL” in Libya.
“Unchecked, I am concerned about (its) spread,” he added, failing to explain it flourishes with foreign support - from Washington and rogue allies.
Media reports indicate US intervention could begin in weeks, together with Britain, France and Italy.
On Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Washington would “respond accordingly” in Libya. “We’re going to consider all of our options going forward,” he added - code language for planned US-led naked aggression on the phony pretext of combating ISIS, America’s valued ally.
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