Ali Tarhouni, the deputy chairman of the rebels’ executive board announced today that he was appointing a Supreme Security Committee of civilian officials and militia leaders, as a prelude to forming a new Libyan government. That said, Mr. Tarhouni also announced that he would not replace the Tripoli Military Council, “a grouping of rebel militias that has participated in ousting the forces of Col. Muanmmar el-Qaddafi from the capital.”
As I predicted back in February, “democratic” revolutions in Middle Eastern countries trend toward increased Islamic radicalism. Iran, Lebanon, Gaza, and increasingly Turkey, are key examples of this trend.
Now it looks as if Libya will follow. Leading Libya’s Tripoli Military Council is Abdel Hakim Belhaj. Belhaj is also one of the 21 members of Libya’s new Supreme Security Committee.
It turns out Mr. Belhaj was the emir of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which was the second largest foreign contingent of jihadhists fighting American forces in Iraq. In other words, President Obama’s policy not only has increased the probability of a Middle Eastern nuclear proliferation spiral, but also has resulted in a Libyan government with al Qaeda elements.
With roughly 6,000 American deaths over a decade fighting al Qaeda, the fact that the President used any U.S. resources to accomplish this deployable state of affairs is both poor policy, and a slap in the face to American active military and veterans.
I guess the “responsibility to protect” only applies to America’s enemies.