Ben Johnson,The White House Watch
Even as the Obama administration celebrates the killing of American-born
al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki and his
traitorous friend Samir Khan in Yemen,its analysts are beginning to admit
their war by decree in Libya empowered Islamic extremists bent on
exporting jihad throughout the region. Thanks to Obama’s
policies,al-Qaeda-linked radicals may be pillaging Muammar Qaddafi’s stockpile
of weapons and receiving shipments of contraband from overseas.
In the closest thing to an admission Obama administration figures lied us
into war,Reuters reports:
During the half-year campaign by rebels to drive Muammar Gaddafi from
power,U.S. and NATO officials downplayed fears that al Qaeda or other militants
would infiltrate anti-Gaddafi forces or take advantage of disorder to establish
footholds in Libya.
Since then,however,the assessment of top experts inside the U.S. government
Former CIA asset and Obama adviser Bruce Riedel summarizes,“There is a great
deal of concern that the jihadi cadre now are going to be exporting
their ideas and weapons toward the east and west.”
This author reported
the cause of their alarm a month ago. The National Transitional Council
(NTC),the body the United States now exclusively recognizes as the official
government of Libya,elected
Abdel Hakim Belhaj commander of the Tripoli Military Council in late August.
Belhaj is the co-founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG),which the
State Department designated a foreign terrorist organization in December
2004. The New York Times relates
that LIFG members received “combat experience in Iraq or Afghanistan” —fighting
the United States. Belhaj,who met Osama bin Laden twice,now commands 8,000 troops,Libya’s largest fighting force.
U.S. analysts,who covered up the links the “rebels”have to Islamic
fundamentalists,now worry Belhaj and his LIFG warriors have raided Qaddafi’s
arsenal,despoiling it of anti-aircraft weapons that could one day be turned
against U.S. or NATO planes.
The radicals may not need Qaddafi’s weapons,as other nations in the area are
reportedly replenishing their cache. Rebels in the city of Zintan intercepted a
cargo shipment to Belhaj from the nation of Qatar,which Belhaj insisted
contained food and milk. Those who opened it say it contained weapons. Taking
note of the interference Mohamed Benrasali,a leading figure in the Libyan
government,replied,“We are very sorry the Qataris have taken the decision to
support Belhaj’s brigade. This will backfire on our Qatari friends.”
Despite Benrasali’s tough talk,one suspects the fire will aimed in his
Qatar was influenced to support the rebels by Sheik Ali Salabi,a Libyan
Islamic scholar who lives in the monarchy….