8 Years After Toppling Gaddafi, US Evacuates Libya As Gaddafi 2.0 Advances On Tripoli

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Above Photo: From Checkpointasia.net

Once again it turns out it is one thing to topple and destroy a nation’s government, and another thing entirely to impose your will on that nation

In March 2011 Western powers backed by Arab Gulf monarchies launched a regime-change war on behalf of Islamist and tribal militias to topple Libya’s Gaddafi. Six months later he was gone.

What followed wasn’t a pro-Western liberal regime (with hardcore Islamists forming the rebel vanguard how could it be?), but national disintegration as the country split up between so many militia turfs.

The disintegration, and the space it allowed al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood style Islamists did not sit well with Egypt’s military government and the United Arab Emires (the latter which was a mayor backer of the 2011 regime change).

The two poured support behind forces of Khalifa Haftar who moving from the Egyptian border westward since 2014 has gradually squeezed the Islamists and the western-transported government to just a small patch of territory (albeit in a country as vast as Libya “small” is relative) in the country’s capital Tripoli region.

Haftar’s control in red this January

 Haftar’s control earlier this month before Tripoli offensive start

In the recent days he has proclaimed a final offensive against the capital, which achieved impressive initial gains, and looked like it might just succeed in unifying the country under him.

The US warned Haftar to call off his offensive and The New York Times has called for a US intervention to stop him, but so far the only thing which has happened was that the Pentagon has evacuated US diplomats and its troops from Tripoli:

The U.S. military has withdrawn its troops from Libya as a local military commander’s forces advanced on the capital for a showdown with militias holding the city.

“Due to increased unrest in Libya, a contingent of U.S. forces supporting U.S. Africa Command temporarily relocated in response to security conditions on the ground,” AFRICOM said in a statement.

The command did not elaborate on the size of the troop contingent or where they were moved to. “We will continue to monitor conditions on the ground and assess the feasibility for renewed U.S. military presence, as appropriate,” said Nate Herring, an AFRICOM spokesman.

Look, everyone understands that given enough investment the US military can come back in and defeat Haftar rather easily — but that is not the point. The point here is that over and over again the US has the idea that with only a limited investment of blood, money and effort it can waltz into a foreign country and have the outcome it wants.

Yet over and over again that turns out to not be the case. Over and over again, it turns out the Empire does not have the wherewithal and the capability to create the outcomes it wants with the expense in lives and treasure it is willing to sacrifice.

Which is why it is right now — at least for the time being— being booted out of its 2011 prize of war, by its own former CIA asset inflated by Egypt, United Emirates and France — it’s own supposed satellites, who care about what happens in Libya just a little bit more.

It remains to be seen if the Western-backed Tripoli government will follow in the Americans’ footsteps (swim strokes?) out.

  • rgaura

    I disagree with your basic assumption. You are following the narrative of mainstream media. We must face the fact that the anglozionist empire which the us military serves want exactly the outcomes they get. The purpose of destroying Yugoslavia, Libya, and other countries is to bring them into the predatory international banking system, to splinter them into warring factions, so that local communities have no power over their destinies. Many corporations make billions exploiting the situation along the way. Weaponry is showcased and sold to all and sundry. Resources are taken over by western consortiums, unions are destroyed, locals are busted down to slavery. The mineral extraction in Yugoslavia was taken over by Swedish and French companies, wages went down and the union gone, for example. The lands are seeded with radioactive waste which will kill all life forms forever. I´d like to know who is running the libyan oil fields now, who is profiting. I know the French oil executives were flying into the country before the initial fighting stopped.
    Russia knows it is in the crosshairs of the empire, she is a prize of resource wealth with an extremely well educated public. How long before the remaining countries free of empires grasp fight back?

  • Guy

    We should let the people of Libya decide what they want and right now it certainly looks like

    Haftar will be in control . He used to be with the Gadaffi government , then defected and now seems to be with the Libyan people again .His army is strong and he is old , will not be around for much longer .My belief is that he wants to make things right with the Libyan people .What would really be great for the country again would be to re-instate the green book ,method of governance .It worked well for the country,there was peace until the US and their Western allies destroyed the country .The main reason being the gold dinar that Muammar Gadaffi wanted to create as an African form of currency which was opposed vehemently by the money masters that control the West .
    The West should stay out of this latest turmoil and lets see where the dust settles.

  • Neville

    Who’s bright idea was it to get rid of Gadhafi ?

  • Steven Berge

    I can’t wait to hear how they spin this setback.