6/15/2011, "The total cost of US intervention in Libya as
of June 3 has been $716 million and will reach $1.1 billion by the end
of September." ABC News
8/10/2016, "“America created the Islamic State,” he told me." The New Yorker
"On Oct. 20, 2011...militants captured Gaddafi, sodomized him with a knife, and
then murdered him. Appearing on a TV interview, (Hillary) Clinton celebrated Gaddafi’s demise with the quip,
“We came, we saw, he died,”"...
9/14/16, "David Cameron ‘ultimately responsible’ for Libya collapse and the rise of Isis, Commons report concludes," UK Independent, Rob Merrick
"The bloody collapse of Libya – which triggered a refugee crisis and
aided the rise of Isis– is blamed today on David Cameron's blunders
when he intervened to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi.
report by MPs condemns the 2011 military campaign for lacking both
“accurate intelligence” and a coherent strategy for the aftermath of
removing the dictator.
The disastrous results were “political and
economic collapse”, tribal warfare, the refugee crisis, widespread human
rights abuses and the rise of Islamic State (IS) in North Africa,
fuelled by weapons abandoned by the Gaddafi regime.
Foreign Affairs Select Committee concludes: “Through his decision-making
in the National Security Council, former prime minister David Cameron
was ultimately responsible for the failure to develop a coherent Libya
In the report, MPs say:
* They saw “no evidence that the UK Government carried out a proper analysis of the nature of the rebellion in Libya”.
There was no “defined strategic objective” – which meant a limited
intervention to protect civilians “drifted into a policy of regime
change by military means”.
* There was no attempt to “pause
military action” when Benghazi was secured and seek a deal to protect
civilians and reform Libya, with the UK instead “focused exclusively on
Many Libyans had taken part in the Iraq insurgency and fought with
al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, which meant the rise of militant extremist gorups "should not have beenm the preserve of hindsight."
was “insufficient action” taken to secure weapons abandoned by the
Gaddafi regime, which contributed to the turmoil and “increased
terrorism” across the region....
six months after sending in the RAF and the Navy, in alliance with
France...a triumphant Mr Cameron was mobbed by cheering Libyans on a
visit with French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
The two leaders
pledged support for the future, proclaiming: “Your friends in Britain
and France will stand with you as you build your country and build your
democracy for the future.”
But the promise proved empty as Libya collapsed into a power vacuum, allowing Isis to seize control of part of
the country and people-smugglers to send migrants towards Europe in
Barack Obama has called Libya the worst mistake of
his presidency, apparently criticising Mr Cameron personally for the
UK's role in allowing the country to become a “s*** *****”.
Blunt, the Committee's Conservative chairman, said: “The UK's actions
in Libya were part of an ill-conceived intervention the results of which are still playing out today.Other political options were
available. Political engagement might have delivered civilian
protection, regime change and reform at a lesser cost to the UK and
Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “The decision to intervene was an
international one, called for by the Arab League and authorised by the
United Nations Security Council. Muammar Gaddafi was unpredictable, and
he had the means and motivation to carry out his threats. His actions
could not be ignored, and required decisive and collective international
action. Throughout the campaign we stayed within the United Nations
mandate to protect civilians....
“The UK will continue
to play a leading role within the international community to support the
internationally recognised Libyan Government of National Accord. “We
have allocated £10million this year to help the new Government to
restore stability, rebuild the economy, defeat Daesh [ISIS] and tackle
the criminal gangs that threaten the security of Libyans and exploit
illegal migrants. HMS Enterprise and HMS Diamond are both currently
deployed to support the EU naval operation to tackle illegal migration,
people smuggling and arms trafficking.”"
Monday, September 19, 2016
Obama says 2011 Libya bombing was 'worst mistake of his presidency.' UK report says 2011 Libya bombing caused refugee crisis and rise of ISIS, was ill-conceived regime change. Failure to secure abandoned weapons helped rise of ISIS-UK Independent
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