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Dennis Kucinich writes: "Libyan rebels have entered Tripoli. As gun battles break out across the city, it is timely to enter into a discussion as to how the rebels arrived there. It is time to review the curious role of NATO and the future of US interventionism."

Libyan rebels celebrate the takeover of Kadafi's compound in Tripoli, 08/23/11. (photo: Louafi Larbi/Reuters)
Libyan rebels celebrate the takeover of Kadafi's compound in Tripoli, 08/23/11. (photo: Louafi Larbi/Reuters)



What Really Happened in Libya

By Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Reader Supported News

24 August 11

 

Libya and beyond: How did we get there and what happens next?

ibyan rebels have entered Tripoli. As gun battles break out across the city, it is timely to enter into a discussion as to how the rebels arrived there. It is time to review the curious role of NATO and the future of US interventionism.

A negotiated settlement in Libya was deliberately avoided for months while NATO, in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions 1970 and 1973, illegally pursued regime change. NATO chose sides, intervened in a civil war and morphed into the air force for the rebels, who could not have succeeded but for NATO's attacks.

NATO acted with impunity. The NATO command recklessly bombed civilians in the name of saving civilians. Usurping the United Nation's traditional role, NATO looked the other way as the arms embargo was openly violated by U.N. member nations.

NATO's top commanders may have acted under color of international law but they are not exempt from international law. If members of the Gaddafi Regime are to be held accountable, NATO's top commanders must also be held accountable through the International Criminal Court for all civilian deaths resulting from bombing. Otherwise we will have witnessed the triumph of a new international gangsterism.

The reasons for the US/NATO intervention in Libya keep changing. First it was about the potential for a massacre in Benghazi. When the massacre did not materialize and once the war against Libya was underway, the reasons for intervention changed.

We were reminded Libya had spent 'forty years under a tyrant.' We were urged to remember the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, which occurred 23 years ago this December 21st. Yet almost 20 years later, on November 18, 2008 the Associated Press reported that President George Bush called Colonel Gaddafi personally "to voice his satisfaction that Libya has settled a long-standing dispute over terrorist attacks, including the bombing of a Pan Am jet over Scotland."

On December 19, 2003 Libya voluntarily gave up its nuclear weapon-making capability and on January 6, 2004 ratified the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Its relationship with the US on the mend, Libya then opened up to international investment and began the wholesale privatization of its industries, leading to massive unemployment and dissatisfaction with the state of things, particularly among younger Libyans.

I mention this not to sympathize with Colonel Gaddafi's brutality or to minimize the great tragedy of Flight 103. But if the US had come to terms with Gaddafi's past violence, why does the Obama Administration invoke it as justification for an attack on Libya? One conclusion could be that the reasons for the March 2011 attack were bogus.

Once into the war, the Administration promptly passed off nominal responsibility for the war to NATO, after beginning the war without congressional authorization. NATO became the beneficiary of US funds, US war planes, US drones, US bombs, and US intelligence assets.

NATO violated UNSC resolutions. The Obama Administration violated the US Constitution by bypassing Congress on the war. These are not mere academic matters. They have moved the world community from the rule of law to the rule of force and have set a precedent for NATO to become the new global-cop. Far from bringing a new level of security to the world scene, NATO has brought a new level of insecurity and unaccountability.

The question of the reason for United States' involvement in Libya remains.

Was the United States' Central Intelligence Agency involved in planning for regime change prior to events in February and March in Benghazi? Did the CIA and its assets have a role in fomenting a civil war?

Was the United States, through participation in the overthrow of the regime, furthering the aims of international oil corporations in pursuit of control over one of the world's largest oil resources?

Did the United States at the inception of the war against Libya align itself with elements of al Qaeda, while elsewhere continuing to use the threat of al Qaeda as a reason for US military intervention, presence and occupation?

The foreign policy objectives of the Obama Administration are cloudy. Pledges to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are in doubt. The Iraq War is supposed to be over at the end of this year, yet that promise appears to be fading. The US presence in Afghanistan appears to be open-ended. The latest reports describe a US commitment in Afghanistan through 2024. This raises the question as to whether the Administration has full control over the military and intelligence apparatus.

In the case of Libya, now that NATO, with the help of the US, has brought the rebels into the streets of Tripoli to fight, what follows? What's the plan? Who governs and for whose sake? Will Libya become NATO's protectorate?

It is not only the Gaddafi compound in Tripoli that will be left in ruins by NATO's actions; it will also be the Obama Administration's relationship with the African Union (AU). The AU and its member nations have been repeatedly rebuffed by the US in its efforts to bring about a peaceful, negotiated settlement for the regime's transition out of power. While the US, through NATO, has been bombing Libya, China has spent time building commercial opportunities across the African continent.

As the Administration indulges itself with wars in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan - spending hundreds of billions of dollars on military adventurism - the United States has massive economic problems at home. Resources which should be spent creating jobs in America are going to perpetuate war abroad. Resources which should be used to build bridges in America continue to be used to bomb bridges elsewhere.

Millions of Americans are begging for a chance to earn their daily bread while the government spends its money on daily bombing. While the government has yet to produce a viable jobs program to put millions of unemployed back to work, the waste of resources on war is guaranteed to continue: The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are NOT to subject to spending caps in the budget. The American people get myths, rhetoric and unemployment while war profiteers get the gold. Can you imagine what the people of Libya will get?

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+65 # Michael Lawrience 2011-08-24 10:50
Thank You Dennis. I appreciate you for standing of for the truth. You are one of a minority of politicians who truly represents the people rather than personal interests.
 
 
+30 # fredboy 2011-08-24 11:17
Operation Invade Libya: OIL.
 
 
+13 # DoctorDemocracy 2011-08-24 15:35
Operation Iraqi Liberation: OIL
Operation Yemeni Liberation: OYL

so on...

An soulless international corporate mafia controls the major powers, maintaining power with money, violence and by selling people a few key ideas:

liberal = propaganda
government = tyranny
poverty = sinful
worker = thief
profit = sacred
peace = war
corporation = God

Of course Khaddhafi has done many horrible things. He was a member--a low-level member--of this international corporate mafia. This corporate mafia created Khaddhafi, made war on Khaddhafi, made peace with Khaddhafi and now no longer wants/needs Khaddhafi. He must have broken some kind of rule and was not adept enough (or was too vain) to see his error before it was too late for him. Discovering his relatively recent error would be the interesting and informative quest.
 
 
-26 # Wink 2011-08-24 11:18
Kucinich presents only a selective view, with blinders well in place. In the real world, Libya provides 2% of the world's (I.e. Europe) oil supply . But the wealth from Libyan oil has been hoarded by Kaddhafi, for exclusive use by his family and not the Libyan people. Kaddhafi has kept his proverbial boot on the collective throat of his people for over 40 years. With almost no chance to rebel, they risked being snatched off the street, subjected to torture, and might well disappear with no record of their fate. Now the "Arab Spring" has has materialized, bringing much needed change and relief from dictatorial oppression in Arab countries across the Middle East. Should we, or the UN, or Europe/ NATO simply stand by and watch to see what happens? Unfortunately, the world's history is replete with examples of just such hesitancy, and the unmitigated disasters that followed when dictators retaliated against their own people for daring to rebel, e.g. Kosovo.
And what of Kaddhafi, who exported terrorism globally, to include Lockerbie. Is that simply to be forgiven and forgotten? How many have to die to justify intervention-- thousands, millions? And for how long? Why is it that we invariably prefer to see dark, self-serving motives behind any efforts to provide aid in such situations? That we do so says much more about the mind of the accusers than the accused.
 
 
+10 # WarrenM 2011-08-24 12:05
Wink, you are missing the point. Yes, everything you are saying has some truth. The problem is that as an American - it is not my problem and I don't want to spend my hard earned tax money on these issues. Our problems are here in the U.S. NATO through U.S. money is NOT the police force of the world.
 
 
-21 # shesap 2011-08-24 12:09
Ditto to Wink....Kucinic h's agenda is anti war in all cases whether you agree or not. He uses his facts to advance HIS case leaving out many other possibilities and reasons for action.
 
 
+8 # Activista 2011-08-24 13:07
Kucinich's truth:
"It is not only the Gaddafi compound in Tripoli that will be left in ruins by NATO's actions; it will also be the Obama Administration' s relationship with the African Union (AU). The AU and its member nations have been repeatedly rebuffed by the US in its efforts to bring about a peaceful, negotiated settlement for the regime's transition out of power. While the US, through NATO, has been bombing Libya, China has spent time building commercial opportunities across the African continent."
very pragmatic - Libya lost, Africa lost, USA lost - Tripoli, Baghdad, and soon Kabul - the same pattern.
I would add that we will see UN peacekeepers on the ground in Libya - as per Kucinich: "They have moved the world community from the rule of law to the rule of force and have set a precedent for NATO to become the new global-cop. Far from bringing a new level of security to the world scene, NATO has brought a new level of insecurity and unaccountabilit y."
 
 
+17 # Activista 2011-08-24 12:52
"whether the Administration has full control over the military and intelligence apparatus?" Militarism rules America ..
Kucinich provides comprehensive factual view - Mr. Wink - check on Kosovo .. and read on Reagan killing (1986 via bomb like NATO) Qaddafi family - U.S. bombing of Libya KILLED Gadhafi's infant daughter. Reagan accused Gaddafi and ordered the Air Force to respond. ... Warned in advance of the bombardments, Gaddafi gathered together his family and was leaving his ...
and NATO killed his son and his two children (grandchildren of Qaddafi - 5 month ago).
 
 
+22 # Isar 2011-08-24 11:23
Dennis....Pah-l eeeeze consider running for President in the 2012 election...THIS TIME, there may be great support for you at the Convention. We are looking for a new leader....and this may be your time!!! After Obama's bait and switch tactics, there are many of us who would work hard for your election...AND. ..if EVER there was a time for a true LIBERAL president, THIS is that time!
 
 
+11 # DLT888 2011-08-24 12:00
Quoting Isar:
Dennis....Pah-leeeeze consider running for President in the 2012 election...THIS TIME, there may be great support for you at the Convention. We are looking for a new leader....and this may be your time!!! After Obama's bait and switch tactics, there are many of us who would work hard for your election...AND...if EVER there was a time for a true LIBERAL president, THIS is that time!


Sadly, it will never happen in this political climate because we the people decide NOTHING in these (s)elections. The greedy elite decide who the candidates are and they will never ever let a Dennis Kucinich hold that office. He is a leader for a higher age, sadly, and I don't think we're going to get him in this age -- though he is a force to be reckoned with in our government just as a congressman. Bless him. I got to thank him in person once, and it felt so good. He sincerely said it was his pleasure and gave me a hug.
 
 
+11 # Activista 2011-08-24 12:56
Denis MUST run for president - he WILL re- energize the "silent minority".
It is his moral responsibility - bring back the democracy and STOP militarism.
 
 
+15 # Bruce Roberts 2011-08-24 11:23
Dennis Kucinich sees what's going on and speaks clearly about it. Could we clone him to run for office across the nation?
 
 
+12 # southtexasstar 2011-08-24 11:26
Dennis - you are a welcome breath of truth and fresh real news!
 
 
+17 # sanford lieberson 2011-08-24 11:52
Hooray...finall y some truth. i hope this can get through to the mainstream media and public.

bravo Dennis for telling it like it is!
 
 
+15 # rsb1 2011-08-24 11:55
Lybian rebels = NATO MERCENARIES. “Operation Unified Protector” is nothing more than a flowery ‘cover’ for the blatant theft of Lybian Soverign Wealth, the attempts to murder Gadaffi, the Corporatisation of Lybia’s Oil, the closure of the Lybian Central Bank (one of the few Central Banks NOT under control of the Rothschild-owne d BIS), and the demise of the African Development Bank (AfDB - which is also outside the control of the IMF, WorldBank, or UN due to funding received from Lybia). If you are you supportive of what is happening in Lybia because of the Lockerbie myth you really need to re-think your worldview. For the truth about PA109 see the article at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Libya-s-Blood-for-Oil-The-by-Susan-Lindauer-110327-21.html. The Alphabet Agencies are stealing Lybia’s natural and monetary wealth in full view. You are being DUPED ! Even though we are nothing more than slaves to the Fascists and Corporations we can still act as FREEMEN.
 
 
+12 # Carolyn 2011-08-24 12:00
Thank you, Dennis. Yes, the Obama administration is gorging itself on its movable feast of war, maintaining, protecting and extending its world empire. The Romans demonstrated that world domination ends in failure.
Hopefully, enough of our representatives will come together quickly and pass Glass-Steagall over Obama's veto, as the first step.
 
 
+9 # rm 2011-08-24 12:02
It seems like Dennis Kucinich is one of a very few members of congress who has any sanity left. Clearly the Obama/Sarkozy/C ameron invasion and destruction of Libya is a crime against humanity that will stand along side of Hitler's blitzkriegs of Poland and other nations.

The fighters are not "Libyan rebels." They are a corps of Arab mercenaries assembled by the US and trained in Iraq. These same mercenaries are fighting in Syria. They are sort of like the Contras that Reagain assembled in the 80s. They will be used to invade any Muslim nation the US chooses to invade. The Arab mercenaries are accompanied by US special forces.

It is criminally ironic that the US declared war on Osama bin Laden because he assembled a group of Muslim fighters called al Queda. Now the US has its own mercenary army. Who will declare war on the US now?

Such mercenary armies are banned by the Geneva Conventions. Every killing they commit is murder and the people or control and give the orders to these mercenaries are also guilty of murder. This means Obama.

NATO has nearly destroyed the civilian infrastructure of Tripoli. This is a war crime.
 
 
+14 # angelfish 2011-08-24 12:11
Sadly, Dennis, NO One in Washington is remotely interested in the truth. All they care about is the WEALTH that can be stolen from Libya in the form of OIL. Already the Countries are lining up to move in and take over their Oil Fields. Thank you for trying to tell us. ALWAYS tell us the truth, no matter how hard it is to accept. We need a record of the FEW in Washington who actually give a damn about it! TRUTH=FREEDOM!
 
 
+13 # propsguy 2011-08-24 12:23
i'm sure one day americans, that is if america still exists, will learn that this rebellion was like all the other rebellions orchestrated by the CIA and funded by, but without knowledge of, the american taxpayers.
people say "they hate us for our freedoms" but they really hate us for our constant interference. besides, we don't have any freedoms anymore
 
 
+11 # DPM 2011-08-24 12:50
As troubling as individual wars and operations can be, it is the trend that is most ominous. As mentioned, while we spend our treasure (and lives) on military adventures, China strengthens it's economic ties across the world, further isolating and weakening us. Our greed and misused strength digs our "hole" ever deeper!
 
 
-7 # Garfield 2011-08-24 13:41
"wars in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan - spending hundreds of billions of dollars on military adventurism" were STARTED BY REPUBLICANS.

Iraq and Afghanistan are GEORGE BUSH'S WARS. Obama inherited Republican military adventurism. Don't try to confuse people.
 
 
-8 # Garfield 2011-08-24 13:44
Most of the comments on this site seem to be posted by Republicans. Are Republicans being paid to post anti-Obama comments on this site?
 
 
+12 # Terry 2011-08-24 13:50
Bravo Mr. Kucinich!

A politician who tells it like it is. A rare breath of fresh air to counter the hot air and spin coming from Washington.
 
 
+6 # minkdumink 2011-08-24 14:37
"Nothing is clearer in history than the adoption by sucessful rebels of the methods they were accustomed to condemn in the forces they deposed''
Will Durant/Lessons of History
 
 
+5 # MidwestTom 2011-08-24 19:20
Kusinish for resident. I appreciate his insights. At the risk of being laughed at I heard from a European the following two reasons for the war.:
1. Libya had no national debt, and in fact had cash spread all over the world. Bankers do not like people who do not let them under under their control.
2. and way out on a Limb. Libya has always had close relations with Italu. The Italian Mofia controls all Italian ports, but the Libyian ports are non-union. The Italian port unions went to Ghaddifi and wanted to organize Libyian ports. He refused. The uprising started in the port 8 months later.

I have read that Libyian citizens had free health care and free college education, and received a large cash payment when they married. Is this true?
 
 
+4 # jlcox 2011-08-24 20:58
Obama's bombing of Libya was one of the most unpopular wars in American history. Only 25% of the American people supported it. NPR and the MSM, on the other hand, supported it unanimously. They are declaring the bombing campaign a "success" for Obama when it is, in electoral terms, a failure, like all of Obama's policies: TARP, HAMP, the failed stimulus, the war in Afghanistan, Obamacare, all unpopular with the majority of the American people, and with good reason. This is a failed Presidency, opening the door for Republican candidates who believe that corporations are people and/or that gays and lesbians are possessed by demons.

Jeff Cox
 
 
+3 # Activista 2011-08-24 21:04
Rebels, looters target Gadhafi's family homes (this is kosher because -)
Mansions and villas are ransacked as Libyans rage against the dictator's excessive wealth and ostentatious tastes.
This is from YAHOO mass media CRAP.
-- rebels are looters ... now there is hunt for Qaddafi PRIZE $1.5 million.
Like computer games played in USA. How much is for his children and grandchildren?
This will be moral foundation for "liberated" Libya?
rephrase above: "Mansions and villas are ransacked as Americans rage against the Banksters excessive wealth and ostentatious tastes" - so was looting in London?
 
 
+2 # Activista 2011-08-24 23:59
www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/patrick-cockburn-no-one-doubts-that-gaddafi-has-lost-the-question-is-who-has-won-2342150.html
read Aptric Cockburn analysis - comments are much better - pfbulmer:
-If Libya gets democracy then the every one wins including Gaddafi because the largest three tribes are supporters of Gaddafi and the Obedi tribe will not be voting for the eastern killers of their leader
- the lost credibility of Nato and UN the diminished reputations of Obama and Cameron , Sarkosy for being tainted by disgraceful bending and twisting of the UN peace resolution
- It will not bring back the 50,000 plus dead people at current estimates and the tragedy to their families , they really have lost they cannot be replaced like barrels of lost oil production and they will be asking why and how this happened under a UN peace resolution
-
 
 
+3 # Frank Giarratano 2011-08-25 07:12
Thank you, Dennis! I wish there were more dems in congress as honest, truthful, and committed to justice and true democracy as you. As an Ohioan, I'm sure that tou're disgusted with what happened with Gov. Kasich & the reps - next month, the referendum will show them the people are pissed!
 
 
+3 # Activista 2011-08-25 09:47
"Special forces from Britain, France, Jordan and Qatar -- on the ground in Libya -- stepped up operations in Tripoli and other cities"

50,000 killed in country of 6 million - by NATO bombs, Obama drones, gunship helicopters and special "forces" -- mercenaries for oil.
NATO rebels are jumping in front of camera and LOOTING Tripoli.
AND LIES/PROPAGANDA IN THE WESTERN DEMOCRATIC/libe ral media is sickening.
 
 
+2 # Peacedragon 2011-08-25 16:41
Shesap: "anti war in all cases" That nicely sums up mine too.
 
 
+2 # Mizzclassie Allday 2011-08-26 08:08
why is this war even going on
 
 
0 # Activista 2011-08-26 10:48
Morning after -
"rebels were looting what still remained three days after it was overrun. A body lay at the entrance, buzzing with flies, while rebels drove around in trucks, yelling "Libya free."
"in the Abu Salim neighborhood, looting on an industrial scale had just started -“This warehouse used to be the property of the Qaddafis; now it belongs to the Libyan people,” said one man armed with an AK-47"

scenario as in Iraq - destroyed country - middle class gone. Media showing NATO rebels yelling "Libya free" in hospitals - without doctors - they are packing.
Hope that CRIMINALS from NATO and Obama have billions for reconstruction to fix Libya after their thousands bombs and over 50 thousands killed.
 
 
+1 # Activista 2011-08-26 20:09
"Around 30 men lay decomposing in the heat. Many of them had their hands tied behind their back, either with plastic handcuffs or ropes. One had a scarf stuffed into his mouth. Almost all of the victims were black men. Their bodies had been dumped near the scene of two of the fierce battles between rebel and regime forces in Tripoli"
Africa must love NACO rebels ...
and NATO is bombing ... US neocons are ready to "liberate" Syria ..
www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/vengeance-in-tripoli-rebels-settle-scores-2344671.html
 
 
+1 # Activista 2011-08-27 00:30
"Led by the British Royal Air Force, NATO launched a bombing campaign (WSJ) on regime headquarters in Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte to help clear the way for a rebel advance"
so the people of Sirte are NOT Libyan people - and NATO is clearing way for NACO rebels to loot and kill?
This is sick - immoral ...
 

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