U.S. diplomats in Libya begged for more security to no avail

Prior to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Ambassador Chris Stevens’ request for additional security officials was turned down by the Obama administration in order to project a friendly atmosphere to the distrusting Islamic population, an anonymous security official in Washington, D.C., informed the Law Enforcement Examiner on Wednesday. [...]

Egypt and Libya: Clinton warned about embassy security problems

In the aftermath of the Islamist attacks on two U.S. embassies which occurred almost simultaneously on Tuesday, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton displayed surprise, even shock, to the press and the American people. But Mrs. Clinton’s view that the attacks are isolated incidents doesn’t seem accurate, according to several counterterrorism experts [...]

Political Islam and violence – Islam and peace

On 9/11/2012, the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy in New York and Washington, the US ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats were killed, apparently by a fanatic Islamic group. Naturally, Obama and top US officials as well as Libyans denounced the savage act of violence and promised stepped up security for all US facilities [...]

LIBYA: LEGACY OF UPRISING and NATO INTERVENTION

It is very early to arrive at any conclusions about the legacy of Arab Spring, given that the uprising is still unfolding in countries like Syria, and the ongoing sociopolitical dialectic in other countries like Egypt and Libya remains fluid. Although it seems obvious that Arab Spring may have had the seeds for greater freedom, [...]

Libya: Tripoli (and others) Should Welcome Benghazi’s Demand for Autonomy

Last week, 3,000 militia and tribal leaders from eastern Libya announced unilateral plans to begin establishing their own autonomous government. They demanded a return to the loose federation that existed before Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi came to power in 1969. Predictably, the leaders of the National Transitional Council (NTC) in Tripoli rejected these calls. Mustafa Abdel [...]

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