600 Pro-al Qaeda Militants Released from Libyan Prison

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Five months ago, President Barack Obama, while in Brazil and without congressional approval, gave the order for the U.S. military to begin its bombing campaign of Libya.

Facing harsh criticism from congress, as well as from a war weary American public, Obama, in a brief 28 minute speech, said the reason he decided to intervene in Libya was “our interests and values are at stake.”

Five months later, Moammar Gaddafi’s regime is on its final legs, as U.S.-backed rebels storm Libya’s capital city of Tripoli and President Obama and his supporters undoubtedly prepare to take credit for a job well done.

However, in the aftermath of Gaddafi’s ouster, U.S.-backed rebels released as many as 600 pro-al Qaeda militants held in Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison. Gaddafi imprisoned thousands of suspected pro-al Qaeda militants after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq which had stoked Islamic radicalization in Libya.

Apparently, President Obama failed to consider this as part of the outcome of ousting Moammar Gaddafi from power.

While the Abu Salim prison release appears to not register on President Obama’s radar, neighboring Algeria, which waged a long battle against Islamist insurgents in the 1990s, has expressed concern about the instability in Libya being exploited by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other jihadist groups.

Algerian officials are also concerned that weapons such as ground-to-air missiles may have fallen into militant hands.

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20 Responses to 600 Pro-al Qaeda Militants Released from Libyan Prison

  1. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Professor Obama, allegedly, wants to be seen as the only adult in the room.

    The problem is, his agenda, vis a vis, his foreign policy agenda as it pertains to Libya and the rest of the Muslim world, makes the USA less secure and much more vulnerable. If I were grading Obama’s foreign policy effort, I would give him a D+. Next?

  2. Harry says:

    I’m sorry, whose side is Obama playing for?

  3. The Real Adam says:

    I think the failure to consider the population of the Abu Salim prison as it pertains to Qaddafi is the fault of Susan Rice, Gregory Craig and Denis McDonough.

    These three more than anyone else have Obama’s ear on all things foreign policy and none of them are experts on the region. Such a glaring failure is Carteresque. Of course, some might argue this was deliberate. With a fresh group of militant, anti-American al-Qaeda fighters on the loose, Obama can now justify boots on the ground.

  4. JollyRoger says:

    We don’t know shit about how things are done in the bazaar, and yet, we keep going back in. Bushack HW Obama is every bit as clueless as those who have entered the bazaar before him, and every bit as destined to fail.

    Yet, “liberals” are cheering this. What dumbfucks they are.

  5. ajihani says:

    Unleashing 600 al Qaeda militants in northern Africa — much to the concern of the surrounding nations of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, is just one more example of why Barack Obama isn’t ready for primetime. He belongs in the US senate — not the White House.

    Libya = FAIL.

  6. Mets Fan says:

    When your break a country, you own it.

    Obama can’t figure out how to repair the ravages of 8 years of Bush/Cheney and now his arrogance has him convinced he can reinvent Libya? Excuse me while I laugh myself silly.

  7. joost says:

    Libya is an all too familiar overreach by the U.S. government. With two wars raging, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and dozens of covert wars underway around the world, President Obama followed the identical template that presidents going back to Eisenhower and Nixon followed designed to expand the American Empire into a region of the world we don’t understand and have no business being in. We can not afford to police the world, yet Mr. Obama bit the apple dangled in front of him by the sinister forces who make up the globalist boardroom. I expected more from him. I was wrong.

  8. Gman23 says:

    I think some (or all above comments) are being a little to critical of Obama. There is only so much that one can control. As much as I was critical of Iraq, when things were at its worse stages, there is only so much one can control. I can disagree with the decision to go to war in Iraq and I can be disappointed with how it was being run, but I don’t think I can hold accountability and predictability of every aspect of the war on a President. Obama didn’t cause the Arab Spring uprising, did we do our best of a bad situation? People were critical of us playing a role at all, so I role was limited, now you want to hold the President accountable for the release of 600 prisoners? How was that under US control? What do you brainiacs think should have been done to prevent this? Get over it.

  9. Pechanga says:

    Gman23 – I thought we were at war with al-Qaeda? Did I miss the last ten years?

  10. One Fly says:

    Gman – I threw two dumb bitches off my blog roll who believed bama has done much more good than bad. Bullshit! bama better than the chimp. Bullshit! bama did health care all that kind od horseshit. But the real reason was that-

    They and others are writing that it is I/liberals/progressives who are the problem with our nation because some of us refuse to agree with there false sense of reality.

    I can’t remember this guys name but I think the sonofabitch is a plant from the right. Seen it before from these cheating pieces of shit.

    It won’t be long when Democrats start saying -why are those libruls so angry.

    Fuck bama!

  11. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Gman23 – I think you’re correct. Obama didn’t cause the Arab Spring uprising.

    The Arab Spring grew out of terrible oppression by dictatorial regimes often backed by the USA. In Egypt, it is said Mubarak banked $40 to $70 billion of American taxpayer dollars over 40 years while one-in three Egyptians lived in poverty.

    But, we’re are war with al Qaeda. 600 al Qaeda militants released onto the streets of Tripoli is reason to be concerned. It’s almost as if Obama wants instability in the region so he can rationalize keeping troop numbers at current levels going into the next election.

  12. feminazi says:

    I believe the strategic policy difference behind Obama’s decision to meddle in Libya and not Darfur is simple: oil. Libya is the largest oil producer in Africa. The Sudan isn’t in the top ten. If Darfur were oil-rich you can rest assured the U.S. military, along with our NATO allies would be engaged in air strikes against the guerrillas. It’s a sad day, not just for the U.S. but for the world, when human life is a measurement of petroleum.

  13. Gman23 says:

    One Fly you make no sense, you don’t have to worry about throwing me off your stupid blog, I have no intention of reading it.

  14. Gman23 says:

    AZ Leatherneck – you can’t be serious can you…..you think Obama deliberately wanted 600 Al Qaeda members to go free so he can start a war? What about killing OBL and the number #2 guy this past week, you are nuts.

  15. Brigadoon says:

    Obama already started a war against Libya. Yemen too. Not to mention tripling the number of US troops in Afghanistan. The guy is a closet Hawk.

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  17. Stephen Iversonn says:

    I just find it extremely interesting that at a time when the USA is carrying a $16 trillion dollar debt, most of which is owned to Communist China, and President Obama is not only willing to go the Tea Party one further by offering to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, somehow, the USA can manage to have enough ca$h to wage wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Libya, as well as build six, brand new military bases in Afghanistan.

    Osama bin Laden is dead. But President Obama is controlled by the Pentagon neocons and he warbles the same, meaningless rhetoric we heard from George W. Bush and Dick Cheney about “fighting them over there, so we don’t have to fight them here,” and, “winning the war on terrorism.”

    Our addiction to war will be the thing that eventually destroys the USA. But don’t listen to me.

    Just try to find the USSR on a 2011 map. Case closed.

  18. One Fly says:

    That’s be just great gboy. The world will be a better place.

  19. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    AZ Leatherneck – you can’t be serious can you…..you think Obama deliberately wanted 600 Al Qaeda members to go free so he can start a war?

    Son, you need to read up on your recent American history and grasp the way the world works.

    CIA director George Tenet tried to alert President George Bush was soaking in a hot tub in Crawford, TX of intel the CIA received in the form of “chatter” warning of a plot by a group of Islamic terrorists flying commercial airliners into high targets. Tenet could only get as far as Condi Rice.

    The Bush administration needed 9/11 to expand the unprecedented expansion of police powers in the form of the USA Patriot Act which Cheney and Rumsfeld had written before Bush was sworn in.

    If you think Barack Obama is somehow different, somehow more moral because he’s a Democrat or African American, then you’re sadly naive. Just remember, Obama extended the USA Patriot Act for four more years. Obama is every bit as crooked as his predecessor.

  20. Seabec says:

    Arizona Leatherneck – So true. Those Bush peckerheads wanted us to believe the entire of the Patriot Act was written in 40 days. When I first heard that I was like, “what the fuck?” I may be blonde but I’m not that blonde.

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