It’s hard to believe that only three-and-a-half years ago, President Obama was trumpeting the U.S.-led ouster of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi as a major foreign policy success for his administration.
As wishful thinking goes, the president’s rosy pronouncements on Libya rank right alongside similar Obama whoppers like “Al Qaeda is on the run and nearing defeat,” “the war in Iraq is over” and his comparison of ISIS to a JV team–a minor, amateurish crew that posed no serious threat to the United States. In the end, the unmitigated disaster Obama’s actions (and inaction) have created in Libya may prove every bit as fatal.
While the West’s attention is focused on ISIS’s rampage through Iraq and Syria, Libya is fast becoming one of the world’s most dangerous and unstable countries–a hotbed of ISIS and Al Qaeda activity and ravaged by civil war.
ISIS now wields a major presence in the Libyan cities of Sirte (where it recently seized a civilian airport) and Derna (where it has been battling other jihadist groups for supremacy) along the Mediterranean coast and is making further moves elsewhere in the country.
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