Media ‘Stunned’ At Lack Of Control In Libya After Ghaddafi’s Fall

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Shocking!

Yeah, noonesawthiscomingat-all.

Libya, where hundreds of militias hold sway and the central government is virtually powerless, is awash in millions of weapons with no control over their trafficking. The arms free-for-all fuels not only Libya’s instability but also stokes conflicts around the region as guns are smuggled through the country’s wide-open borders to militants fighting in insurgencies and wars stretching from Syria to West Africa.

The lack of control is at times stunning. Last month, militia fighters stole a planeload of weapons sent by Russia for Libya’s military when it stopped to refuel at Tripoli International Airport on route to a base in the south. The fighters surrounded the plane on the tarmac and looted the shipment of automatic weapons and ammunition, Hashim Bishr, an official with a Tripoli security body under the Interior Ministry, told The Associated Press.

In a further indignity, the fighters belonged to a militia officially assigned by the government to protect the airport, since regular forces are too weak to do it.

Only a few weeks earlier, another militia seized a weapons’ shipment that landed at Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport meant for the military’s 1st Battalion, Bishr said. Among the weapons were heavy anti-aircraft guns, which are a pervasive weapon among the militias and are usually mounted on the back of pickup trucks.

Europe is alarmed and in rides Kerry:

The weapons chaos has alarmed Europe — just a short distance across the Mediterranean — and the United States. At a conference in Rome this month, Western and Arab diplomats, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, pressed Libyan officials to reach some political consensus so the international community can help the government collect weapons and rebuild the military and police.

Political consensus?

You just have to shake your head at this idiocy. Obama went to war without congressional approval, took out a dictator to score some political points, and now the world is paying the price…as many here said would happen.

Ed Morrissey:

The situation created by NATO is strikingly similar in outcome to Somalia, where warlords control territory and Mogadishu has little sway. Warlords aren’t going to give up their power unless it’s taken from them, and in both cases the chaos allows terrorist networks to grow, train, and metastasize — and that nearly caused the fall of Mali, which the French finally prevented by putting boots on the ground to control the situation.

The only way this situation will stabilize is for an overwhelming force to occupy Libya, disarm or destroy the militias, and re-establish order over several years while withstanding insurgencies and turmoil. If the West did not have the stomach to do that up front, when it would have dealt with much weaker militias, then it shouldn’t have forced the collapse of the existing regime in the first place. Instead, the US and NATO created a second Somalia on the Mediterranean, and now Europe will pay the price for it.

Eh, what does Obama care? He got re-elected and soon will be sent out to pasture while the middle east burns.

Arab Spring my ass. Any neophyte in foreign policy would of understood the consequences of the actions he took, but not this jackwagon.

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

10 Responses to “Media ‘Stunned’ At Lack Of Control In Libya After Ghaddafi’s Fall”

  1. 1

    FAITH7

    Obama the messiah laid bare his claim he was going to make the oceans recede and will heal the world…

    And, Obama’s Media stunned???…. Seriously? Not sure over what…

    While Ghaddafi wasn’t loved he was tolerated…he at least was a force of stability in the region…

    …and now he is dead.

    “Eh, what does Obama care? He got re-elected and soon will be sent out to pasture while the middle east burns.”

    …well, really, the bigger part of the “plan” worked didn’t it?? – Obama did get re-elected didn’t he? The means justify’ s the end result Right??

    What does Obama (or anyone else in this administration) care right? These people are like a malignant cancer all over the world..it spreads…

    So there you have it.

  2. 2

    Nanny G

    Even criminal arms dealer know you have to protect your shipment from beginning to end.
    Who was responsible for this arms shipment?
    If it was the Russians, let them protect their arms until delivery.
    (We’ve learned they have tons of soldiers who have little to nothing to do.)
    If it was the new Libyan government let them do the job.
    But the idea that a plane full of weapons just landed at an unsecured airport for fuel is crazy!

  3. 4

    dtih

    Obama and the Democrats constantly refer to, and complain about, the terrible situation they inherited from the previous administration. Geez, just look at the mess he is leaving for the next president.

  4. 7

    Skook

    During my years in Canada, I met several former members of the German army who served during WW II. All but one lamented their service to the evil of National Socialism. He was former member of the Hitler Youth and I actually considered killing him, since he told me he planned to kill me, but I am still alive and a free man. I asked one of these former soldiers why he served. He told me he was from a small farming village, and the first person to refuse was thrown against a wall and shot. No one refused after that one incident.

    The comment on #5 reflects the attitude of many of our Progressive/Communists in elected office. They resent criticism and deviation from the party line. The truth, should never be brought to the public’s attention if it reflects negatively on the party and the revolution. The penalty for resistance should be imprisonment or death. This comment provides us a glimpse into these diseased and tormented minds; however, before we write this character off a a simple nutcase, it is important to remember, many of our congressional legislators and university professors have expressed similar sentiments. There are probably many more who would voice the same opinions, but they don’t have the same cerebral deficiencies as the outspoken wanna be tyrants.

  5. 8

    David

    The implosion occurring in Libya should not come as no surprise. Very, very little thought went into supporting who the rebels were, and even less regarding the outcome when the rebels won. So much so, everything that’s happened in Libya is on everyone, especially on Obama. If there is a saving grace of Obama’s inaction in Syria, it is precisely the implosion in Libya. Like there are no freedom-loving Syrians, there are no freedom-loving Libyans. And, it cost the lives of four Americans in the process.

  6. 9

    Bill Burris

    @This one:” the Dems will f**K you good! ” What do you think they have been doing for the past 5 years?

    @Nanny G: “Who was responsible for this arms shipment?” I think Hillary arranged security. Word has it, a Warner Brothers Cartoon sparked the uprising that led to the loss of the weapons.

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