Radical Interventionism is Responsible for Anarchy in Libya
It has been four years since the start of the civil war in Libya that resulted in the overthrow and death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and it is painfully apparent that U.S. military intervention by the masterminds in Washington, D.C. once again failed to deliver freedom and democracy. Radical interventionism is responsible for the anarchy in Libya that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, including American lives.
Obama and Hillary Clinton are responsible for the chaos that reigns in Libya today because they wanted Gaddafi ousted, so they supported a war that has done far more damage and claimed far more lives than Gaddafi’s regime. Why did Gaddafi have to go? Gaddafi denounced terrorism in 1999 as part of what appeared to be the beginning of a metamorphosis by the leader. He took steps to cut Libya’s ties to terrorism, including expelling the Abu Nidal Organization, cutting ties to Palestinian militants, closing terrorist training camps, and extraditing suspected terrorists to Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan. He repeatedly denounced terrorism and had become a reliable ally of the U.S. in the fight against terrorists.
President George W. Bush recognized that Gaddafi had taken steps to prove that he was no longer interested in sponsoring terrorism or a nuclear weapons program, so he moved to normalize relations with Libya. On February 6, 2004, U.S. and British officials met with Libyan officials in London “to discuss measures to improve relations following Libya’s planned dismantlement of its WMD programs.” It is important to note that Libya voluntarily dismantled its WMD program, and invited American and British inspectors to visit former WMD sites and provided full access to key personnel. Gaddafi made a historical, unprecedented decision to dismantle Libya’s WMD program without the promise of anything in return. The U.S. Department of State published the following regarding Gaddafi’s decision to end Libya’s WMD program and allow full access to weapons sites:
Libya dismantled its nuclear weapons program, surrendered bomb designs illicitly procured from renegade Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, and allowed its most advanced missiles, the Scud-Cs, to be removed promptly. Libya joined the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), destroyed thousands of unfilled chemical munitions under international supervision, and began the process of destroying its chemical weapons stockpile pursuant to CWC rules. Libya also committed itself to the staged elimination of its remaining long-range missile force of Scud-Bs.
Libyan cooperation was extremely good. Libyan officials answered questions with candor and volunteered information that provided valuable insight into the global proliferation network. During the course of this cooperative Libyan/U.S./U.K. elimination project, the Libyans demonstrated the good faith of their December 2003 commitment. They made themselves a model for the cooperative return of an isolated state to the broader international community through the verifiable elimination of illicit WMD and long-range missile programs. Libya’s clear strategic commitment to a new path also illustrated the centrality of demonstrable cooperation and good faith to verifying the fulfillment of such promises.