NATO’s nations and the United States have conspired in yet another nation’s business. Libya’s civil war is apparently over; now the chaos and uncertainty begins. War without a plan for victory is stupid, senseless and, frankly, a waste of resources. And as in Iraq, Afghanistan and numerous other nations, nobody has a plan for what’s next.
“U.S. military spending (in support of the rebels in Libya) alone is more than ten times greater than Libya’s entire annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which was $74.2 billion in 2010, according to the CIA’s World Fact Book.” This astonishing sentence comes from an article entitled, “The Truth About the Situation in Libya: Cutting through Government Propaganda and Media Lies,” by Brian Becker.
In March of this year, Congressman Ron Paul spoke against US involvement in Libya. “Congressman Paul argues that:
- The action is an act of War.
- The no-fly zone is unconstitutional because Congress has not authorized it, a point Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Richard Lugar agrees with.
- President Obama has illegally seceded U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations.
- The United States cannot afford the financial burden of more military action in the Middle East.
Becker’s assessment continues: “Libya is a small country of just over 6 million people but it possesses the largest oil reserves in all of Africa. The oil produced there is especially coveted because of its particularly high quality.
“The Air Force of the United States along with Britain and France has carried out 7,459 bombing attacks since March 19. Britain, France and the United States sent special operation ground forces and commando units to direct the military operations of the so-called rebel fighters – it is a NATO- led army in the field.
“The troops may be disaffected Libyans but the operation is under the control and direction of NATO commanders and western commando units who serve as “advisors.” Their new weapons and billions in funds come from the U.S. and other NATO powers that froze and seized Libya’s assets in Western banks. Their only military successes outside of Benghazi, in the far east of the country, have been exclusively based on the coordinated air and ground operations of the imperialist NATO military forces.
“In military terms, Libya’s resistance to NATO is of David and Goliath proportions. U.S. military spending alone is more than ten times greater than Libya’s entire annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which was $74.2 billion in 2010, according to the CIA’s World Fact Book.
“In recent weeks, the NATO military operations used surveillance-collecting drones, satellites, mounting aerial attacks and covert commando units to decapitate Libya’s military and political leadership and its command and control capabilities. Global economic sanctions meant that the country was suddenly deprived of income and secure access to goods and services needed to sustain a civilian economy over a long period.
“The cumulative effect [of NATO’s coordinated air and ground operation] not only destroyed Libya’s military infrastructure but also greatly diminished Colonel Gaddafi’s commanders to control forces, leaving even committed fighting units unable to move, resupply or coordinate operations,“ reports the New York Times in a celebratory article on August 22.”
Read the rest of this article written before the rebel forces entered Tripoli here.
Opinion column in Thursday’s Lancaster New Era
The New Era carried this Steve Chapman’s column. Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country.
Read this column, too: “The perils of ‘victory’ in Libya.