"We came; we saw; he died," said Hillary Clinton after she was given $1 billion US taxpayer dollars to execute Libya's president thus allowing Libya to become a hub for slave trading and Islamic terror. (We thought the 2016 election made clear we're no longer willing to be slaves of the War Industry racket).
"OK, so [Iran] nuclear agreement has got to go - but let's check with December, 2016 Trump to see what he thinks about regime change:" "US will stop racing to topple foreign regimes," says Trump:
5/7/18, "Trump "Committed To Regime Change" In Iran: Giuliani," zero hedge, Durden
"President Donald Trump is committed to regime change in Iran, said
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's newest controversial attorney (although perhaps
not for long) and longtime informal advisor.
Speaking to reporters after a Saturday keynote to the Iran Freedom
Convention for Democracy and Human Rights in Washington, Giuliani said "We got a president who is tough, who does not listen to the people who are naysayers, and a president who is as committed to regime change as we are.""...
[Ed. note: Who is "we"?]
(continuing): "In other words, pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal is now being conflated with regime change in Iran.
Giuliani says he's been a supporter of regime change for "ten years,"
that it's the only way to peace in the middle east, and that it's "more
important than an Israeli-Palestinian deal."
Rudy Giuliani advocates regime
change in Iran: ""I think it's the only way to peace in the Middle East.
It's more important than an Israeli-Palestinian deal" https://t.co/Fpf6OgOlaC--CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 5, 2018"
The former Mayor of New York City, who was at one point under consideration for Secretary of State....
Former Secretary of State John Kerry and a group of his former State
Department officials have been acting as unofficial diplomats in recent
weeks - sneaking around the world trying to salvage the Iran deal he
presided over ahead of its renewal deadline, the Boston Globe reported Friday.
In response, Trump tweeted on Monday "The United States does not need
John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly
negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first
"The United States does not need
John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly
negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first
place!--Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018"
Perhaps we could just rip up the Iran deal but not conduct regime change?"
Added: US "regime change" in Libya created hubs for slave trading and Islamic terror:
August 17, 2017, "Refusing to Learn Lessons from Libya," Consortium News, James W. Carden
"Exclusive: Official Washington never likes to admit a
mistake no matter how grave or obvious. Too many Important People would
look bad. So, the rationalizations never stop as with the Libyan
fiasco, observes James W. Carden."
"In recent weeks, the Washington Post’s Cairo bureau
chief Sudarsan Raghavan has published a series of remarkable dispatches
from war-torn Libya, which is still reeling from the aftermath of NATO’s
March 2011 intervention and the subsequent overthrow and murder of
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
On July 2, Raghavan reported on what
amounts to Libya’s modern-day slave trade. According to his report,
Libya is “now home to a thriving trade in humans. Unable to pay
exorbitant smuggling fees or swindled by traffickers, some of the
world’s most desperate people are being held as slaves, tortured or
forced into prostitution.”
The numbers help tell the tale. “The number of migrants departing
from Libya is surging,” writes Raghavan, “with more than 70,000 arriving
in Italy so far this year, a 28 percent increase over the same period
On August 1, Raghavan returned to the pages of the Post with a disturbing portrait of life in Tripoli, reporting that: “Six years after the revolution that toppled dictator Moammar Gaddafi, the mood in this volatile capital is
a meld of hopelessness and gloom. Diplomatic and military efforts by
the United States and its allies have failed to stabilize the nation;
the denouement of the crisis remains far from clear. Most Libyans sense
that the worst is yet to come.”
Raghavan notes that “Under Gaddafi, the oil-producing country was
once one of the world’s wealthiest nations.” Under his rule, “Libyans
enjoyed free health care, education and other benefits under the
eccentric strongman’s brand of socialism.” It would be difficult not to
see, Raghavan writes, “the insecurity that followed Gaddafi’s death has
ripped apart the North African country.”
Taken together, Raghavan’s reports should come as a rude shock to
stalwart supporters of NATO’s intervention in Libya. Yet the
embarrassing fervor with which many embraced the intervention remains
largely undiminished – with, as we will see, one notable exception.
An Upside-Down Meritocracy
Anne Marie Slaughter, who served as policy planning chief at the
State Department under Hillary Clinton, emailed her former boss after
the start of the NATO operation, to say: “I cannot imagine how exhausted you must be after this week, but I have never been prouder of having worked for you.”
Five months after the start of NATO operation against Gaddafi, Slaughter went public with her approval in an op-ed for the Financial Times titled
“Why Libya Skeptics Were Proved Badly Wrong.” Proving, if nothing else,
that the foreign policy establishment is a reverse meritocracy,
Slaughter holds an endowed chair at Princeton and is also the well-compensated president of the influential Washington think tank New America.
President Obama’s decision to intervene received wide bipartisan
support in the Congress and from media figures across the political
spectrum, including Bill O’Reilly and Cenk Uyghur.
Yet the casus belli used to justify the intervention, as a U.K. parliamentary report made
clear last September, was based on a lie: that the people of the
eastern Libyan city of Benghazi were in imminent danger of being
slaughtered by Gaddafi’s forces.
The report, issued by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee,
states that “Despite his rhetoric, the proposition that Muammar Gaddafi
would have ordered the massacre of civilians in Benghazi was not
supported by the available evidence.”
The report also noted that while “Many Western policymakers genuinely
believed that Muammar Gaddafi would have ordered his troops to massacre
civilians in Benghazi…this did not necessarily translate into a
threat to everyone in Benghazi. In short, the scale of the threat to
civilians was presented with unjustified certainty. US intelligence
officials reportedly described the intervention as ‘an
Even as it became clear that the revolution had proved to be a
disaster for the country, the arbiters of acceptable opinion in
Washington continued to insist that NATO’s intervention was not only a
success, but the right thing to do. It is a myth that has gained wide
purchase among D.C.’s foreign policy cognoscenti, despite the judgment
of former President Barack Obama, who famously described the
intervention as “a shit show.”
A full year after the commencement of NATO’s campaign against
Gaddafi, former NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder and NATO Supreme Allied
Commander James Stravidis took to the pages of that reliable bellwether
of establishment opinion, Foreign Affairs, to declare that “NATO’s operation in Libya has rightly been hailed as a model intervention.”
According to Daalder and Stravidis, “the alliance responded rapidly
to a deteriorating situation that threatened hundreds of thousands of
civilians rebelling against an oppressive regime.”
In 2016, a [Mrs.] Clinton campaign press release justifying
the ill-starred intervention, claimed “Qadhafi and his regime made
perfectly clear what their plans were for dealing with those who stood
up against his reign, using disgusting language in urging his backers to
cleanse the country of these rebels. This was a humanitarian crisis.”
Astonishingly, the campaign “Factsheet” goes on to assert that,
“there was no doubt that further atrocities were on the way, as
Qadhafi’s forces storming towards the county’s second biggest city.” Yet
there is, as both the U.K. parliamentary report and a Harvard study by Alan J. Kuperman found, no evidence for this whatsoever.
“Qaddafi did not perpetrate a ‘bloodbath’ in any of the cities that
his forces recaptured from rebels prior to NATO intervention — including
Ajdabiya, Bani Walid, Brega, Ras Lanuf, Zawiya, and much of Misurata —
so there was,” writes Kuperman, “virtually no risk of such an outcome if
he had been permitted to recapture the last rebel stronghold of
Nevertheless, the myth persists. Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid, the author of Islamic Exceptionalism, continues to insist, against all evidence, that the intervention was a success.
“The Libya intervention was successful,” says Hamid, “The country is
better off today than it would have been had the international community
allowed dictator Muammar Qaddafi to continue his rampage across the
In this, Hamid is hardly alone. Left-activists in thrall to a
Trotskyite vision of permanent revolution also continue to make the case
that NATO’s intervention was a net positive for the country.
In a recent interview with In These Times, Leila Al-Shami claimed that “If
Gaddafi had not fallen, Libya now would look very much like Syria. In
reality, the situation in Libya is a million times better. Syrian
refugees are fleeing to Libya. Far fewer people have been killed in
Libya since Gaddafi’s falling than in Syria. Gaddafi being ousted was a
success for the Libyan people.”
That danger in all this is that by refusing to learn the lessons of
Libya (and Kosovo and Iraq and Syria) the U.S. foreign policy
establishment will likely continue to find itself backing forces that
seek to turn the greater Middle East into a fundamentalist Sunnistan,
ruled by Sharia law, utterly hostile to religious pluralism, the rights
of women, minorities and, naturally, U.S. national security interests in
"[For more on this topic, see Consortiumnews.com’s “Hillary Clinton’s Failed Libya ‘Doctrine.’”]"
"James W. Carden served as an adviser on Russia policy at the
US State Department. Currently a contributing writer at The Nation
magazine, his work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Quartz, The
American Conservative and The National Interest."
Added: Results of US "regime change" in Libya threaten existence of the EU:
US regime change in Libya
April 1, 2016, “Cleaning Up Hillary’s Libya Mess,” Robert Parry, Consortium News
"Hillary Clinton’s signature project as Secretary of State – the
“regime change” in Libya--is now sliding from the tragic to the
tragicomic as her successors in the Obama administration adopt
increasingly desperate strategies for imposing some kind of order on the
once-prosperous North African country torn by civil war since Clinton
pushed for the overthrow and murder of longtime Libyan ruler Muammar
Gaddafi in [Oct. 20] 2011.
The problem that [Mrs.] Clinton did much to create has grown more
dangerous since Islamic State terrorists have gained a foothold in Sirte
and begun their characteristic beheading of “infidels” as well as their
plotting for terror attacks in nearby Europe.
There is also desperation among some Obama administration officials
because the worsening Libyan fiasco threatens to undermine not only
President Barack Obama’s legacy but Clinton’s drive for...the White House.
The continuing crisis threatens to remind...voters
about Hillary Clinton’s role in sparking the chaos in 2011 when she
pressured President Obama to counter a military offensive by Gaddafi against what he called Islamic terrorists operating in the
Though Clinton and other “liberal interventionists” around Obama
insisted that the goal was simply to protect Libyans from a possible
slaughter, the U.S.-backed airstrikes inside Libya quickly expanded into
a “regime change” operation, slaughtering much of the Libyan army.
Clinton’s State Department email exchanges
revealed that her aides saw the Libyan war as a chance to pronounce a
“Clinton doctrine,” bragging about how Clinton’s clever use of “smart
power” could get rid of demonized foreign leaders like Gaddafi. But the
Clinton team was thwarted when President Obama seized the spotlight when
Gaddafi’s government fell.
But Clinton didn’t miss a second chance to take credit on Oct. 20,
2011, after militants captured Gaddafi, sodomized him with a knife and
then murdered him. Appearing on a TV interview, Clinton [Mrs.] Clinton celebrated Gaddafi’s demise with the quip, "we came; we saw; he died."
However, with Gaddafi and his largely secular regime out of the way,
Islamic militants expanded their power over the country. Some were
terrorists, just as Gaddafi had warned.
One Islamic terror group attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on
Sept. 11, 2012, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three
other American personnel, an incident that Clinton called the worst
moment of her four-year tenure as Secretary of State.
As the violence spread, the United States and other Western countries
abandoned their embassies in Tripoli. Once prosperous with many social
services, Libya descended into the category of failed state with the
Islamic State taking advantage of the power vacuum to seize control of
Sirte and other territory. In one grisly incident, Islamic State militants marched Coptic Christians onto a beach and beheaded them.
Yet, on the campaign trail, Clinton continues to defend her judgment
in instigating the Libyan war. She claims that Gaddafi had “American
blood on his hands,” although she doesn’t spell out exactly what she’s
referring to. There remain serious questions
about the two primary incidents blamed on Libya in which Americans died
– the 1986 La Belle bombing in Berlin and the bombing of Pan Am Flight
103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
But whatever Gaddafi’s guilt in that earlier era, he renounced
terrorism during George W. Bush’s presidency and surrendered his
unconventional military arsenal. He even assisted Bush’s “war on
terror.” So, Gaddafi’s grisly fate has become a cautionary tale for what
can happen to a leader who makes major security concessions to the
The aftermath of the Clinton-instigated “regime change” in Libya also
shows how little Clinton and other U.S. officials learned from the Iraq
War disaster. Clinton has rejected any comparisons between her vote for
the Iraq War in 2002 and her orchestration of the Libyan war in 2011,
saying that “conflating” them is wrong....
Though her [then] Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, hasn’t highlighted
her key role in the Libya fiasco, Clinton can expect a tougher approach
from the Republicans if she wins the nomination. The problem with the
Republicans, however, is that they have obsessed over the details of the
Benghazi incident, spinning all sorts of conspiracy theories, missing
the forest for the trees.
Clinton’s ultimate vulnerability on Libya is that she was a principal
author of another disastrous “regime change” that has spread chaos not
only across the Middle East and North Africa but into Europe, where the
entire European Union project, a major post-World War II accomplishment,
is now in danger.
Clinton may claim she has lots of foreign policy experience, but the
hard truth is that much of her experience has involved making grievous
mistakes and bloody miscalculations."
Comment: No amount of human suffering is ever enough for money-laundering neocon racketeers embedded throughout US institutions.
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