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  • pebble.ubetcha pebble.ubetcha Nov 10, 2012 4:50 PM Flag

    Pentagon releases Benghazi timeline, defends response

    to which i'll add:

    and where does the buck stop?

    was harry right????

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    • acerbicabrasivejudgmental acerbicabrasivejudgmental Nov 10, 2012 5:24 PM Flag

      Without shooting from hip or giving you a half-cocked answer, let me opine on the subject.

      We went to Libya to help our NATO allies France, Italy, and The United Kingdom protect their oil interests in that desert land. We didn't go for regime change or for humanitarian purposes, although we idealistically hoped that we'd get a stable government built upon western democractic practices installed.

      Had our REAL intent been to grab some oilfields for our American oil companies to exploit, we would have probably done it better and done it right. That would have meant an occupation and pacification of the place including urban areas and settling tribal disputes among 140 different tribes. After both Mesopotamia and Afghanistan, I don't think our Nobel laureate wanted another war for oil on the northern shores of Africa.

      So, we just carried out diplomacy and tried to win hearts-and-minds in a wild land where jihadist terrorist Islamists played strong roles in overthrowing the Gdaffi family autocracy. I fear that we depended entirely upon the good will of the grateful Libyan people and the "friendly" militias to provide for our security and that of our diplomats. More idealism in the face of chaos and disorder without strong governance. The jihadists want us out; they wanted Benghazi to be their Mogadishu. This was a planned attack, not a spontaneous anti-American riot. It WAS terrorism. We were unprepared; the terrorists were prepared. They attacked US again, and we were unable to protect ourselves; the "friendly" militias were tardy and of little help. They were ready and we were lax. They were successful and we lost four (4) decent people. Are we going to bring those Libyan Islamist jihadist terrorist to justice or bring justice to them? I doubt it; why? Because maybe the sacrifice of those four (4) lives just brought a gateway to the Libyan oilfields as some compensation to American oil companies out of a sense of guilt (not gratefulness for our crucial role in Kadaffi's overthrow). All IMHO.

 
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