Libya in Chaos is Gaddafi’s Fault?

Libya in Chaos was the headline in the Huffington Post back when the Administration was justifying the killing and overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. The implication, repeated and emphasized many times to justify our backing of terrorists against him, was that the chaos was Gaddafi’s fault. So now he is long dead, and yet he is somehow still all-powerful in Libya. The country is in chaos and it is still his doing!

From CNS News: “Obama Adviser Appears to Blame Gaddafi for Mayhem in Libya.”

The U.S. evacuated its embassy in Tripoli, Libya on Saturday — removing even the Marines who were guarding it — because of “violence and instability in the area,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley on Sunday.

How can that be viewed as anything other than a foreign policy failure, Crowley asked, especially when President Obama helped topple former Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi — then left the Libyan people to fend for themselves.

“Well, what Gaddafi left was an empty shell of a government,” Rhodes said. “He never really built a state and the institutions of a state. So, you have these militias in place.”


How was Gaddafi supposed to “build a state?” Doing so envisions an act of dictatorial power. But dictatorial power is precisely the opposite of the state Rhodes is talking about, one with stable institutions. Gaddafi could no more nation-build in Libya than we could in Iraq or Afghanistan. The whole notion is absurd.

More from the article:

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” the situation in Libya is “very difficult,” and he said he doubts the United States can influence what happens there:

“Obviously, these situations are very difficult in the world. And while we should be as humanitarian as possible, I am dubious of our ability to really influence the outcome in this part of the world. We’ve not been able to do that in almost any place at all. Maybe Tunisia.”

Schumer is missing the point. We do have the ability to really influence the outcome in Libya. The chaos in Libya is simply the result of our ability. That is our influence. We did it.

How can anyone deny this? We removed a dictator who forced a stable order on society, and a secular government. It was cruel and barbaric but that part has not improved. Now we have an even more cruel and barbaric society that is also at war with itself.

The government’s actions were disgusting and insane. Libya would be horrible under Gaddafi if he was still alive, but it would be many times better than it is now.