Rwanda, 20 Years Later

I’m afraid that the lessons we learned from Rwanda were zero. Sure, we intervened to ostensibly prevent genocide in Kosovo and we used Saddam’s genocide against the Kurds as one of many excuses to wage aggressive war against Iraq. The doctrine that came out of Rwanda, and Susan Rice has a lot of blood on [...]

Libya: Success!

Libya was such a foreign policy success that the country cannot even control its own oil:

The American intervention is a salvation to the fragile transitional government in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, which would have faced the loss of its main source of revenue and its sole source of political power if renegade militias [...]

When Is It Okay To Partition A Country?

It’s a serious question. When is it okay to partition a nation? Was it right for the US and NATO to shave Kosovo off of Serbia? Was it right for Russia to shave off Ossetia and Abkhazia? It is right for Israel to flout international law and steal the West Bank? Was it right for [...]

Mittens Compounded Initial Benghazi Fail Because NEOCONS

WaPo on the internal response to Mittens’ hasty, ill-conceived late night Libya presser:

By sunrise the next day, it was clear to Romney that they had acted too quickly. The campaign learned that four Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Even to [...]

The Banality of ‘Butbutbut LIBYA!1′

Greg Scoblete is rather underwhelmed by GOP attacks on Obama’s Libya record:

[W]hile Republicans have every right to seize on the administration’s dissembling, it’s very hard for me to find a foreign policy criticism here, outside of banal ones (i.e. that U.S. facilities overseas need better security and that public officials shouldn’t lie). Many Republicans [...]

State Department: Libya Consulate Attack Not Preceded By Protest

AP, October 9

Washington – The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

The [...]

Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur dismissed

BBC, October 7

Libya’s Prime Minister-elect has been dismissed from his post, after failing for a second time to win parliamentary approval for a new cabinet.

Mustafa Abu Shagur had called for the formation of an “emergency government”, consisting of just 10 ministries.

The General National Congress (GNC) voted 125 to 44 against the proposal. [...]

U.S. gathering data on suspects in consulate attack in Libya

Intelligence agencies are assembling dossiers in what officials describe as a first step toward bringing the killers of four Americans in Libya to justice.

Los Angeles Times, By David S. Cloud & Ken Dilanian, October 2

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon, CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies are assembling dossiers on suspects in the assault on [...]

Welcome to the New Syria

By Michael Collins

When the Western powers and their pals, the oil oligarchs, target your country, it’s time to run just as fast as you can.

The assault on Damascus by Syrian rebels and terrorist murder of the Syrian Defense Minister occurred just as the Red Cross announced that the fighting in Syria was officially [...]