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BILL STEWART

Understanding Your World

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 1:31 am, Sun Jun 22, 2014.

Amid the rapid collapse of Iraq, which has transfixed much of the world, there was some good news this week. A nighttime raid in Libya by FBI agents and U.S. armed forces led to the capture of a senior suspect in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala, was captured in Benghazi with no shots fired and no loss of life. He was brought to a U.S. naval ship in the Mediterranean to undergo questioning as the ship steams toward the U.S. It was an extraordinary operation and brilliantly carried out by U.S. forces.

It was also done without notifying the Libyan government, because Libya lies just this side of chaos, and notifying the Libyans might very well have put the operation in jeopardy. Libya has formally protested, but it’s safe to say no one in Washington is going to lose any sleep over Libyan protests. Republicans are calling for the imprisonment of Khattala at Guantanamo Bay, but it is clear he will be tried in New York in a civilian court. The 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi took the lives of four Americans, including that of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. It has since become a major political issue, with Republicans claiming the attack was a scandal because it reveals incompetence on the part of the Obama administration, and Democrats saying it was a tragedy but no more than that.

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5 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:41 pm on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2984

    A stable and democratic Middle East is in our national best interests.

    Sure, Bush and Cheney got us into Iraq. But Obama ran to replace Bush, actively campaigning for the job with quite a bit of vigor and at great expense. Obama wanted to be the Commander in Chief of our armed forces, overseeing the task of stabilizing Iraq to the point where we could end our occupation and bring our troops home, without fear that the whole thing would collapse in anarchy and civil war. Obama won, and after nearly six years with him as Commander in Chief, we see the results.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 10:54 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1058

    Anybody who thinks the lack of "success" (basically impossible) in Iraq is Obama's fault, wasn't paying attention to the con-men of the Bush/Cheney gang that first "pushed us into traffic" there over a decade ago. Conveniently-forgetful and generally uninformed partisans will blame Obama. Cheney, and his snarling-sidekick daughter Liz, are all-over TV now mouthing-off about how it's not his (Cheney's) fault that the country was lied into the mess initially. There's the Dick you should be pointing your finger at.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:47 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2984

    How convenient for Obama that he was able to capture the alleged ring-leader of Bengazi just when he needed to distract the American public from failure that is Iraq.

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:47 pm on Sun, Jun 22, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 1058

    The "good news", is that by capturing someone involved in the Ben Gazzara scandal (that Republicans won't drop, like a pit bull with a kitten in its jaws) Obama scores "good-guy points" with adoring journalists and Democrats. The not-so-good news remains that arming ANY Syrians will end-up biting us, in the end. Having armed Iraqis also seems of questionable judgement now.

    Closer to home, If adherence to "rule of law" is requisite of a "democracy", then the United States is sorely lacking. Anyone familiar with the non-investigation of criminal wrong-doing by major banks before & after the "mortgage meltdown/foreclosure crisis" can see that. Of course, those criminal banks regularly contribute millions to the election campaigns of Democrats and Republicans. Some of their chief executives are welcomed into the White House as valued advisers to the president, instead of doing time in prison where they belong. Another example of NOT following the "rule of law", would be when Obama-appointed Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to a Senate Intelligence Committee in March 2013. Other people who have lied during similar (or merely baseball related) congressional hearings have been charged with perjury, found guilty and served prison time. A high-official like Clapper gets to skate-away without even an apology.

    "...an ISIS state based in a large swath of Syria and Iraq means a base for international terrorism that poses a real and present danger for the U.S.,...".

    Fear-mongerer suggests we stay for more good-times war-times?

     
  • Chris Mechels posted at 8:35 am on Sun, Jun 22, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 357

    So, the "Good News" is that, once again, the American Empire has violated international law and seized a "suspect" illegally. We are to ignore Libya's protests.

    No mention of our involvement in Syria, with our proxy friends, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, which led to the growth of ISIL. No mention of the fact that the Sunni tribes of Iraq are providing most of the manpower for the "uprising".

    Bill Stewart has a very clear pro government, establishment, bias in his reporting. He does not "inform" the readers, he feeds them propaganda. We have far too much of this in the American media.

    Please replace him with someone who is a bit more balanced.

     

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