What’s the Difference Between Iraq and Libya in 2011?

by Randall Stevens

TCS News

What’s the difference between Iraq today and Libya in 2011?  Qatar, the tiny Gulf state sponsor of terror, was for intervention in Libya, but is against intervention in Iraq.  In Libya, Obama preemptively ordered NATO airstrikes on the forces of Muammar Gaddafi, allegedly to prevent genocide.   Obama explained this reasoning in a speech on March 28, 2011, saying that he acted to stop a massacre that would have “stained the conscience of the world.”  Obama continued, “I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.”  In Iraq today, we have photos and videos of mass slaughter by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  Obama’s response to an actual genocide, complete with broadcast evidence, is to rule out airstrikes.

  • In Libya, NATO air power was used against the secular Gaddafi regime that had been cooperating with the United States to fight terrorism.  The air support benefited al Qaeda forces, who were a bulk of the rebels, and their sponsor state, Qatar.  Qatar had troops on the ground in Libya and even conducted airstrikes of their own.  Reminder: Libya today is in a state of total chaos.
  • In Iraq, as [al Qaeda spinoff] ISIS heads toward Baghdad, marauding villages and committing war crimes, a former Qatari Ambassador to the U.S. warned that any American strike on ISIS would be “seen as another conspiracy against Sunni.”  One day later, Obama ruled out air strikes against ISIS.
  • The Qatari Ambassador continued, essentially defending ISIS: “[W]e must take into account the fact that injustice, exclusion, marginalization [by the Iraqi government has] fuel[ed] violence and contributed to its expansion.”  American Secretary of State, John Kerry, echoed the Qatari the same day: “We’ve … had great difficulties with the existing government in their unwillingness to reach out and be inclusive.”
  • Both the United States and Qatar have been providing arms and other supplies to Syrian rebels, who are also al Qaeda jihadis.  (Qatar even supplied heat-seeking shoulder-fired missiles.)  Some of these weapons have, to no one’s surprise, made their way over the border into Iraq.  Notice the genocider of ISIS holding a brand new American-made M-16 in this picture.  They’re now being used against the nominally American-allied government of Nouri al-Maliki.
  • The United States, and (Muslim Brotherhood-run) Turkey actually trained ISIS on a secret base in Jordan in 2012.  Last month, PBS reported that the United States was training Syrian rebels (i.e. al Qaeda) on a secret base in Qatar, where the rebels were taught how to murder survivors of car bombings.  (Note: Murdering survivors is against all U.S. military protocols.)
  • How does Obama feel about Iraq falling to jihadis?  After the attacks of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, he infamously flew to Las Vegas to attend a campaign fundraiser.  Likewise, while Iraq turns into a jihadi hellhole, the “president” went golfing.
  • Obama, in January, dismissed the threat from al Qaeda, calling their current manifestation “the JV team.”  Seeing as how AQ groups current dominate events in Libya, Syria, and Iraq, you could say they’re more powerful than ever.
  • Questions: Is the Columbia and Harvard-educated president, who receives intelligence briefings daily, a genuine moron?  Or is he intentionally deceiving the people?  Consider Qatar’s hand in these debacles, and then come to the more likely conclusion.
  • P.S., while you are considering… On May 28, Obama delivered the commencement speech at West Point, outlining how America will scale back its security footprint internationally.  Graduate Hamad Victor Nazim, the son of Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa alThani, the Emir of Qatar until earlier this year, became the first Qatari to receive a diploma from “Harvard on the Hudson.”  Three days later, Bowe Bergdahl was swapped for five senior Taliban commanders who now reside luxuriously in Qatar.  Coincidence?

 

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Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is photographed with his graduate son, second from right, at West Point in May

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