I had planned on an update on the tensions in Ukraine, dwelling on introducing an important player there named Rinat Akmetov, the country’s richest man with sufficient holdings and manpower in eastern Ukraine to settle down that region. However, you know what they say about the best laid plans. Ukraine seems to be calming down some, with some noteworthy aid ftom Akmetov, while Libya has become the new hot spot and, though its international ramifications are not on the scale of Ukraine, it’s political ramifications here might prove significant.
Benghazi has been just an endless series of investigations by Republicans in hopes of besmirching the present Obama administration and blocking a future Hillary Clinton one by proving some sort of cover up,. Now it is the scene of an attack Friday by forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar (spelled Hifter in some other articles), a former general, on Islamist militias in that western city. Then yesterday other militias tied to him took over the parliament building in Tripoli, blaming that parliament for backing pro-Islamist forces in the country at odds with more so-called “liberal” elements.
This is far too complex and “iffy” for me to summarize the situation other than to say that since the overthrow of Khadaffi, Libya has largely depended on various militias, antagonistic or at least competing with each other, for the little stability that exists in the country. The Washington Post offers much more detail in this article.
What I will be interested to see is how the Republicans play these recent events. No doubt blaming the ineptitude of the Obama administration for starters, likely adding yet at least one more investigation to their agenda. But where has their interest been when it comes to stabilizing Libya? They can’t get past the Benghazi murders.
Certainly Libya has been a mess since the end of Ghadifi, or Quadiffi, or Khadiffi (just a few of the various spellings). As one commentator put it, what happened in parliament yesterday cannot be called a military coup, as Libya doesn’t really have a military. Supporting Libya has seemed of no interest to Republicans. Only finding blame within in the Obama administration for not doing enough to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and the other three Americans killed or for covering up the real Al Queda sources of the attack,.
At the time Chris Steven’s father said it would be “abhorrent ” to play politics with his son’s death. Since then Republicans in Congress have specialized in abhorrent behavior. The phoniness of their concern for what happened at Benghazi will now likely be coupled with a new phony concern for what should have been done in the interim to stabilize Libya.
I truly wonder how this strategy works with those who are not already predisposed to hate Obama and stop Hillary Clinton. Republicans will decry Obama’s policy in Libya as it does with everywhere else in the world. I admit there is much to criticize, but the Republican stance has nothing to do with policy. Only politics.