THOMAS BALDWIN with DeNEICE KENEHAN
Progressive Activists Voice
Hillary Clinton with Libyan soldiers in October 2011. The ‘V for victory’ gesture seems slightly misplaced at the moment. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Compiled and edited by Thomas Baldwin with the grateful assistance of DeNeice Kenehan.
THIS IS A RECAPITULATION OF THIS TOPIC REPOSTED HERE IN VIEW OF THE CURRENT ELECTORAL CAMPAIGN IN WHICH HILLARY IS AGAIN THE ESTABLISHMENT’S FAVORITE, AND FORTHCOMING BENGHAZI HEARINGS.
HILLARY’S WAR: The REAL STORY about Benghazi is what happened before the bloody blowback to the interventionist western overthrow of the Libyan government, destruction of the nation and regional chaos. And it looks like Hillary’s role in this war and her relationship with her private “spy,” Sidney Blumenthal might be explored this Thursday, October 22, by the House Benghazi investigation committee.
If it’s not then we’ll know why. It will be opening Pandora’s Box to expose our war mongering imperialism in another concrete case. And both political parties support those and it will show another example of how the U.S. government doesn’t give a damn about our immoral and murderous behavior around the world as long as it serves our imperialistic needs to dominate by our show of military force. The Duopoly, driven by the Military Industrial Complex (backed by big banks and corporatists), only cares about power and money and they use “humanitarian” excuses and the establishment of “democracy” as a reason to invade another country–any country that can’t retaliate. Any country which attempts to show independence and serving their own interests is branded as headed by a “ruthless dictatorship” and a threat to national security. And Libya serves as a perfect example along with numerous other examples.
Hillary Clinton: “We came, we saw, he died”
Here’s what some noteworthy articles have to say:
From the reference cited: Gowdy: Newly discovered e-mails suggest Clinton influenced by Blumenthal’s business in Libya
“According to a letter from Chairman Trey Gowdy to Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, at least once Clinton sought to aid Blumenthal’s business interests in Libya. …
“These messages should have been made public when the State Department released Secretary Clinton’s other self-selected records on Libya and Benghazi, but there was a clear decision at the time to withhold this information from the American people and the Committee,” reads the letter. “The State Department has now made these messages available, and the Committee intends to question Secretary Clinton about them during her appearance.”
“…At this point, Gowdy notes in his letter, Hillary forwards this to Jake Sullivan, saying that “I agree about the need to keep the attack tempo up.” Note that this exceeded the stated mission for the US and NATO in Libya, transforming it from a genocide-prevention operation to a full-blown war of regime change on Gaddafi.
The motivation, at least as expressed to Hillary and then forwarded by her to her team, appears to be entirely related to the need to look tough for the re-election campaign.
At one point, Blumenthal transmits the name of a CIA intelligence source to Hillary on her unsecured e-mail, which she then blithely forwarded from her private account…”
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“French intelligence plotted to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi to horn in on Libya’s oil and to provide access for French businesses.
“…The “news” in the Benghazi emails, according to the New York Times, is that, after denying it, Clinton may indeed have solicited advice from Blumenthal.
“…While the emails do raise questions about Hillary Clinton’s veracity, the real story is how French intelligence plotted to overthrow the Libyan leader in order to claim a hefty slice of Libya’s oil production and “favorable consideration” for French businesses.
“…According to the memos, in return for money and support, “the DGSE officers indicated that they expected the new government of Libya to favor French firms and national interests, particularly regarding the oil industry in Libya.” The memo says that the two leaders of the Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil and General Abdul Fatah Younis, “accepted this offer.”
“…Another May 5 email indicates that French humanitarian flights to Benghazi included officials of the French oil company TOTAL, and representatives of construction firms and defense contractors, who secretly met with Council members and then “discreetly” traveled by road to Egypt, protected by DGSE agents.
“…But the collapse of Libya was a particularly catastrophic event, which—as the African Union accurately predicted—sent a flood of arms and unrest into two continents.
The wars in Mali and Niger are a direct repercussion of Qaddafi’s fall, and the extremist Boko Haram in Nigeria appears to have benefited from the plundering of Libyan arms depots. Fighters and weapons from Libya have turned up in the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. And the gunmen who killed 22 museum visitors in Tunisia last March, and 38 tourists on a beach July 3, trained with extremists in Libya before carrying out their deadly attacks.”
Clinton was aware of everything the French were up to and apparently had little objection to the cold-blooded cynicism behind Paris’s policies in the region.
“…The story ends with a piece of petty gossip: Clinton wanted to take credit for Gaddafi’s fall, but the White House stole the limelight by announcing the Libyan leader’s death first.”
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“Republicans are still trying to use the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, to sink Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions. Last week, the congressional committee investigating the attacks subpoenaed Sidney Blumenthal, who sent memos on Libya to then-Secretary of State Clinton while he was both employed by the Clinton Foundation and advising businessmen angling for contracts from the country’s transitional government. Clinton herself has agreed to answer questions from the committee, though it’s unclear when the hearing will take place.
The alleged scandals aren’t sticking—not beyond the right-wing crowd, anyway. Perhaps Republicans should choose another tack, as one aspect of Clinton’s tenure at the State Department does deserve more scrutiny: the disastrous intervention in Libya.
“We came, we saw, he died,” Clinton laughed after learning of dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s death. She’s probably less triumphant today, given that Libya is now a failing state. GOP presidential aspirant Rand Paul and the Washington Post have even, for different reasons, called it “Hillary’s war.” That’s a misnomer; she was far from alone in supporting it, and others played a similar role in the decision to topple Gaddafi. Yet some of the mistakes made in Libya fall primarily on Clinton’s shoulders.”
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HILLARY’S WAR —From
The Pentagon tried to stop her – unfortunately, to no avail
What Hillary Clinton did to Libya is a crime on a scale rivaled only by the crimes of the Bush administration in Iraq – and there is a definite parallel in the methodology of the criminals.
Libya has been pretty much off the public’s radar screen ever since the US intervention that led to Muammar Qaddafi’s downfall – and the ugly aftermath in which the US ambassador was murdered by the very people Washington was intent on “liberating.” Now the aftermath is getting even uglier.
The country is imploding, with two rival governments claiming suzerainty, but describing Libya’s situation as a state of “civil war” is a bit of an understatement. If ever there was such an entity as a “failed state” – that is, a state that has simply collapsed, and is dragging the rest of society down along with it – then Libya fits the definition to a tee. If we liken a society to the human body, then we can say Libya’s immune system is down, allowing a deadly infection to invade and take root – in this case, the “Islamic State,” or “caliphate,” known as ISIS, which first reared its head in Syria and is now spreading into Libya. “
“Today, after US intervention, Libya is home to the world’s largest loose arms cache, and its porous borders are routinely transited by a host of heavily armed non-state actors including Tuareg separatists, jihadists who forced Mali’s national military from Timbuktu and increasingly ISIS militiamen led by former US ally Abdelhakim Belhadj.
Clearly, Gaddafi’s system of economic and direct democracy was one of the 21st century’s most profound democratic experiments and NATO’s bombardment of Libya may indeed go down in history as one of the greatest military failures of the 21st century.”
“October 20, marks the four-year anniversary of the US-backed assassination of Libya’s former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the decline into chaos of one of Africa’s greatest nations.
In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; by the time he was assassinated, he had transformed Libya into Africa’s richest nation. Prior to the US-led bombing campaign in 2011, Libya had the highest Human Development Index, the lowest infant mortality and the highest life expectancy in all of Africa.
Today, Libya is a failed state. Western military intervention has caused all of the worst-scenarios: Western embassies have all left, the South of the country has become a haven for ISIS terrorists, and the Northern coast a center of migrant trafficking. Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia have all closed their borders with Libya. This all occurs amidst a backdrop of widespread rape, assassinations and torture that complete the picture of a state that is failed to the bone.
Libya currently has two competing governments, two parliaments, two sets of rivaling claims to control over the central bank and the national oil company, no functioning national police or army, and the United States now believes that ISIS is running training camps across large swathes of the country.
On one side, in the West of the nation, Islamist-allied militias took over control of the capital Tripoli and other key cities and set up their own government, chasing away a parliament that was previously elected.”
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What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national citizen of Libya may disagree but we want you to decide.
Ruling the country for for 41 years until his demise in October 2011, Muammar Gaddafi did some truly amazing things for his country and repeatedly tried to unite and empower the whole of Africa. So despite what you’ve heard on the radio, seen in the media or on the TV Gaddafi did some powerful things that were not very reminiscent of a vicious dictator. Here are ten things Gaddafi did for Libya that you may not know about…
1. In Libya a home is considered a natural human right.
In Gaddafi’s green book it states: ” The house is a basic need of both the individual and the family, therefore it should not be owned by others”. Gaddafi’s Green Book is the formal leader’s political philosophy, it was first published in 1975 and was intended reading for all Libyans even being included in the national curriculum.
2. Education and medical treatment were all free.
Under Gaddafi’s reign Libya could boast one of the best healthcare services in the Arab and African world. Also if a Libyan citizen could not access the desired educational course or correct medical treatment in Libya they were funded to go abroad.
3. Gaddafi carried out the worlds largest irrigation project.
The largest irrigation system in the world also known as the great manmade river was designed to make water readily available to all Libyan’s across the entire country. It was funded by the Gaddafi government and it said that Gaddafi himself called it ”the eighth wonder of the world”.
4. It was free to start a farming business.
If any Libyan wanted to start a farm they were given a house, farm land and live stock and seeds all free of charge.
5. A bursary was given to mothers with newborn babies.
When a Libyan woman gave birth she was given 5000 (US dollars) for herself and the child.
6. Electricity was free.
Electricity was free in Libya meaning absolutely no electric bills!
7. Cheap petrol
During Gaddafi’s reign the price of petrol in Libya was as low as 0.14 (US dollars) per litre.
8. Gaddafi raised the level of education.
Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans were literate. He bought that figure up to 87% under his rule with 25% earning university degrees.
9. Libya had It’s own state bank.
Libya was the only country in the world to have a bank owned by the state meaning they were able to give loans to citizens at zero percent interest by law and they had no external debt.
10. The gold dinar
Before the fall of Tripoli and his untimely demise Gaddafi was trying to introduce a single African currency made of gold. Following in the foot steps of the late great pioneer Marcus Garvey who first coined the term ”United States of Africa”. Gaddafi wanted to introduce and only trade in the African gold Dinar – a move which would have thrown the world economy into chaos.
The Dinar was widely opposed by the ‘elite’ of today’s society and who could blame them. African nations would have finally had the power to bring itself out of debt and poverty and only trade in this precious commodity. They would have been able to finally say ‘no’ to external exploitation and charge whatever they felt suitable for precious resources. It has been said that the gold Dinar was the real reason for the NATO led rebellion, in a bid to oust the outspoken leader.
So, was Muammar Gaddafi a Terrorist?
Few can answer this question fairly, but if anyone can, it’s a Libyan citizen who has lived under his reign? Whatever the case, it seems rather apparent that he did some positive things for his country despite the infamous notoriety surrounding his name. And that’s something you should try to remember when judging in future.
This quirky video documentary spells out an interesting, if rather different, story from the one we think we know.
Muammar Gaddafi Interviewed Just Before Libyan Revolution
SOME IMPORTANT POST PUBLICATION ARTICLES ADDED:
James and JoAnne Moriaty Reveal the Truth About the Libyan War – Corbett Report Interview 849
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