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Obama Campaign Weighs Token Libyan Strike

From the Associated Press:

White House ponders a strike over Libya attack

By KIMBERLY DOZIER and RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Tues October 15, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House, under political pressure to respond forcefully to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, is readying strike forces and drones but first has to find a target.

Are there no aspirin factories in Libya?

And if the administration does find a target, officials say it still has to weigh whether the short-term payoff of exacting retribution on al-Qaida is worth the risk that such strikes could elevate the group’s profile in the region, alienate governments the U.S. needs to fight the group in the future and do little to slow the growing terror threat in North Africa.

Translation: if Obama launches a dramatic military strike on Al Qaeda he will have to admit that he hasn’t defeated them. Which has been a central claim in his re-election campaign.

Details on the administration’s position and on its search for a possible target were provided by three current and one former administration official, as well as an analyst who was approached by the White House for help. All four spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the high-level debates publicly…

Translation: the Obama campaign White House wanted to make sure the public hears that Obama is planning to do something.

In another effort to bolster Libyan security, the Pentagon and State Department have been developing a plan to train and equip a special operations force in Libya, according to a senior defense official.

Just like we are doing so successfully in Afghanistan?

The efforts show the tension of the White House’s need to demonstrate it is responding forcefully to al-Qaida, balanced against its long-term plans to develop relationships and trust with local governments and build a permanent U.S. counterterrorist network in the region…

Not quite. The efforts show the tension of Romney’s surge in the polls.

The White House is "aiming for a small pop, a flash in the pan, so as to be able to say, ‘Hey, we’re doing something about it,’" said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rudy Attalah, the former Africa counterterrorism director for Defense Department under President George W. Bush.

Attalah noted that in 1998, after the embassy bombing in Nairobi, the Clinton administration fired cruise missiles to take out a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan that may have been producing chemical weapons for al-Qaida.

"It was a way to say, ‘Look, we did something,’" he said.

Actually, those cruise missiles were fired to distract from the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Monica was met with Ken Starr’s grand jury for the first time, just as the missiles hit the aspirin factory.

Mr. Obama is hoping to find a way to exploit this crisis. He is hoping for another ‘Obama killed Osama’ moment before the elections.

Meanwhile, we have this from the Associated Press:

120 Prisoners Flee in Libyan Prison Break

Monday October 15, 2012

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) – Libya’s Supreme Security Committee says 120 prisoners have escaped from jail in the capital city of Tripoli, where security guards are suspected of having accepted bribes to free them.

Spokesman Abdel-Moneim al-Hurr says only two of the 120 have been arrested since their escape Monday. It is the second jailbreak in Tripoli this year

Al-Hurr says no security guards were injured during the escape, leading him to suspect the guards may have received bribes to release the detainees…

It’s almost as if Libyan security guards can’t be trusted.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Campaign Weighs Token Libyan Strike”

  1. amber

    This is a horrible idea. The people of Lybia responded in outrage and attacked the compound of those responsible. Meanwhile, Eqypt gave us the finger and Iran is mooning us. Iran wants nukes, I think we should give them some.

  2. Right of the People

    Maybe he can target a used camel dealership.

    I wonder if Libyan security guards have a union? For incompetence of this magnitude it usually takes union membership.

  3. Mithrandir

    The Spin

    1. It was a random act from a video that surfaced in May, but they waited until Sept. 11th for no particular reason.
    2. No one asked for increased security, so it’s not the regime’s fault.
    3. It was not a video, it was a band of hooligans.
    4. We are “getting to the bottom of it” the data is still coming in.
    5. Mitt Romney was wrong, but the regime wasn’t, even though they are coming to the same conclusion as Romney.

    Solution

    A) Find out what tribe can be blamed on the incident that no one likes anyway.
    B) Everyone in Libya will support the lie.
    C) It looks like the regime did something.
    D) The dead can’t exclaim they had nothing to do with any of it.

    Everyone one’s happy




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