Op-Ed: Obama renews order that Libya is a threat to U.S. security

Posted Feb 23, 2014 by Ken Hanly
Although it is almost three years since Ghadafi ruled in Libya, President Obama claims that Libya is still a threat to U,S, national interests.
Senator Barack Obama in Beckley  WV
Barack Obama: "I look forward as president to going before the world community and saying, ‘America is back. We’re ready to lead."
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Obama first issued the order back in February of 2011 but the Ghadafi regime fell long ago, yet Obama has nevertheless renewed the order annually. On Thursday February 20, Obama issued an executive order which claims that the situation in Libya "continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States."
Perhaps the real problem is that the present regime is simply not capable of running the country in the interests of the U.S. and other western corporations that U.S. foreign policy is intended to support. Oil production and exports are at extremely low levels because several export ports are blockaded by militants, although it is European companies such as Italian oil giant Eni that are suffering most from the situation. There is hardly a case to be made that the Libyan situation is a threat to U.S. national security. The situation is primarily a threat to Libyan security.
The case could be argued that the U,S. is to a considerable extent a contributor to this insecurity. For example, on Friday February 14th Major General Khalifa Hifter announced a coup in LIbya. The colorful history of Hifter, widely regarded as the CIA man in Libya is traced in this article together with the linked sources.
The CIA also operated out of the U.S. embassy compound in Benghazi and the associated "safe house" both of which were attacked with the U.S. ambassador and several others being killed. The U.S. may have forgotten that they supported Ghadafi's help in the war on terror in which he jailed and tortured many Islamist militants. The militants do not appreciate the U.S. interfering in the new Libya where they are powerful: While the US continues to debate and determine whom to blame and what “failures” led to the attack on the US Embassy compound and CIA safe house in Benghazi, nowhere is anyone considering the fact the event was the result of US meddling into the affairs of foreign states ..
Nor is the U.S. apparently concerned that kidnapping of a suspect they wanted Anas al-LIbi makes the Libyan government they back to seem to be under the control of the U.S. making it also subject to attack. In fact after this kidnapping the prime minister Ali Zeidan was himself kidnapped for a short period. U.S. officials claim that Zeidan knew of the operation and approved: " ..official permission was sought from Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to conduct the raid which was granted. However, the Libyan government is now paying for al-Libi's defense according to State Department sources." Al-Libi had been living openly in Tripoli for some time. The raid was carried out by U.S. Army Delta Forces. They do not count as "boots on the ground" in Libya. Neither do the Special Forces whose base was plundered by militants as Fox News reported. Rather than Libya being a threat to U.S. security it would seem that the U.S. is a threat to Libyan security added to all the threats that it already faces internally.