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US Expanding Ties With Libyan ‘Rebels’

From a trusting Associated Press:

US looks to expand ties with Libyan opposition

By Bradley Klapper, Associated Press
March 29, 2011

LONDON – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met Tuesday with a representative of the Libyan opposition fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s regime as the Obama administration looked to expand ties with rebel leaders seeking an end to four decades of dictatorship.

Clinton’s meeting in London with Mahmoud Jibril came ahead of a conference on Libya’s future that will be attended by dozens of countries supplying air power or making other contributions to the international military action against Gadhafi’s forces.

For the record, Mrs. Clinton has met with Mr. Jibril before, back on March 14th, in Paris.

According to Al Jazeera, Mr. Jibril has been selected as the opposition’s interim leader. Which is good enough for Mrs. Clinton, of course.

A senior administration official said the conference will cement the transition in military leadership from the United States to NATO and create a steering group of nations to spearhead the political effort. Meanwhile, the U.S. will soon send an envoy to Libya to deepen relations with leaders of the rebels seeking to overthrow Gadhafi, the official said.

And by "deep relations" the AP means that the US will give money and probably weapons to the rebels.

Chris Stevens, who was until recently the deputy chief of mission at the now-shuttered U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, will make the trip in the coming days. The move doesn’t constitute formal recognition of the opposition, stressed the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning

How can you recognize someone who you don’t know?

Of course that hasn’t stopped the French, who have already recognized the rebel regime. But we would hope the US would be a little more circumspect.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “US Expanding Ties With Libyan ‘Rebels’”

  1. Astravogel says:

    “Hi, didn’t we meet at the
    Feinmann bar-mitzva?” From
    Goood Morning Vietnam!

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    They act like these rebels are your garden variety peace loving people out to
    develop a new Nation built on democracy. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
    Mark my words here, we will be at the business end of the weapons we
    furnish these foxtrotters.

    When will dingleBarry realize he is waaaaaaaay over his head?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, if Kadaffi wasn’t such a right-wing conservative, I could understand it. But because he’s such a bible-thumpin’, gun-totin’, racist, he has got to go…it’s this nation’s policy.

      I mean, right?

  3. cerberus6 says:

    So not only are we supporting the “rebels” with our military forces (there is no way anyone can say we didn’t pick a side) if we give them military equipment we “buy” the rebels and are tied to them. If they fail, will we prop them up with US military members on the ground? Or will this administration screw them over?
    Never heard the vital national interest to the US for intervention in Libya from Waldo last night. His logic was twisted and omitted inconvenient facts.
    Good thing Tomahawk missiles are cheap, plentiful and we have lots of money to buy more in case we really need them….nothing like blowing $600 million in 6 days for people you really don’t know…

  4. Astravogel says:

    Somewhere in the Serb-Bosnian experiment
    in nation building, some perceptive person said
    that, “The opressed don’t want equality, they
    want to be the opressors.” Seems valid to me.

  5. proreason says:

    Gosh this has the fragrant aroma of Che and Cuba, does’t it? Please please let it be another triumph for freedom fighters everywhere.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Perhaps they will take to sugar and tobacco production. The world also needs a new repository for 50 year old classic American cars and some excellent medical services. Plus, the culture is so rich and it should not be spoiled by western-style capitalization. If Qadaffi is successful then, and only then, can he come up to the gleaming sainthood of Castro. The people of Libya demand it!

    • GetBackJack says:

      This has the stank of Hillary all over it, to which I say http://thurly.net/16db

  6. artboyusa says:

    So, our policy is to bomb one half of the Libyan population to protect the lives of the other half. What happens to our “humanitarian” policy if the Rebels win and they start taking their revenge on Gaddafi’s people and their families and the barrels of the firing squads are glowing red? Do we then intervene to protect the people we were just bombing? Or are their lives not worth saving? Or less worth saving? Or what?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I’m thinking…..a more “Conséquence Française”. As in, “C’est la Guerre”

    • tranquil.night says:

      This is the bunch who think Death Panels are humane, after all.

    • proreason says:

      ummm, artboy.

      You are attempting to imply logic to a situation where logic isn’t a factor.

      Perhaps you are unaware of the Obama Doctine, which is:

      wthiwtd whtiwtdi (whiffle dee whiffle di)

      or in english “Whatever the hell I want to do. Whenever the hell I want to do it.”

      After all, he won.

  7. JohnMG says:

    …..”How can you recognize someone who you don’t know?…….”

    I don’t even recognize the USA anymore. How can you expect me to go international?

  8. canary says:

    Obama (he’s making the quick decsions, not the US) expanding ties with Libya rebels who have al-Qaeda in their ranks. Fox news addressed al-Qaeda is a part of the rebellions, this after Obama’s speech, though BCC addressed this fact before Obama speech.

    So, in effect Obama’s goal in freeing these countries is to put them under the control of barbaric Sharia law the monster that enslaves and tortures it’s peoples and is against freedom for it’s people.

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