Where to start in trying to understand what the Obama administration wants to accomplish in Libya? Perhaps start with a New York Times report (March 30) C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and meet Rebels Then make your way to THE TELEGRAPH which offers a cache of State Department cables furnished by Wikileaks:
The latest Wikileaks on Libya were published on March 31st in THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, (DOCUMENTS). The secret cables contribute to the growing evidence that we are witnessing a War on Libya, planned by the C.I.A. for at least two to three years, and carefully staged to make it appear that a popular uprising has taken place.
. A report to State Department January 27, 2010, by Gene A. Cretz, U.S. Ambassador, Tripoli. The Ambassador is "exploring engagement" not with a ranking ("GOL") Government of Libya official, but someone we in Canada would describe as 'a leader of the extra-Parliamentary opposition'. An opposition which has, at its core, a contingent of disaffected Libyans whom the C.I.A. has nurtured for more than two decades.
The "Jibril" mentioned in the State Department cables offered to us by WIKILEAKS, is Mahmoud Jibril, America's pet dog in Libya. For a profile of the fellow turn to this CBC page. Jibril is a cultured academic who meets regularly with Hilary Clinton. He harbours very bitter feelings toward Col. Gaddafi.
The helpful website look4leaks. net allows you to access many more State Department cables which show which reveal how the U.S. government has been working to contain and ultimately overthrow the Gaddafi government. You can JUMP to look4leaks.net and type in the word LIBYA.
Those of us who work for a living scarcely have the time to keep up with events in our own country, much less keep a score card for the wars, revolutions, concocted uprisings and political assassinations taking place at a frenetic pace. Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Iraq.... just in the Middle East, and just since Christmas! NATO, Ottawa and the Obama White House make and break policy statements so often that our media don't even attempt to report or keep up. The UN resolution was (allegedly) intended to keep Gaddafi's Air Force on the ground so he couldn't "murder" innocent civilians. Our pompous P.M. alleged that one of Canada's generals, a senior ranking helicopter pilots was assuming command of the NATO Air-Sea operation in Libya. In fact the Canadian general is dangerously out of his depth, and the Americans have little use NATO now that their secret operation in Libya is exposed. There is now such urgency to strike Gaddafi a fatal blow before he works out a political stalemate, that even as I write this, U.S. Spectre gunships and Warthog antitank jets are flying ground attack missions in support of the rebel offensive.
Now that B.H. Obama has signed a Presidential decree allowing the C.I.A. to plant American "boots on the ground", we are catching glimpses of secret operations in almost twelve countries in the Middle East and Central Asia. It must be said that U.S. planning is astonishing in its complexity and scope. Consider just one recent revelation involving U.S. Army Special Forces - "U.S. Special Forces have permission to enter Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on a 'case-by-case' basis when conducting counter-terrorism operations, US Central Command has confirmed." In fact there are no spots on this planet, including Ottawa or Beijing, which the Americans do not have some political or economic interest at stake, and a willingness to intervene, if necessary. Sooooo, here we are running a national election in Canada. Clearly it is in Washington's interest that Harper's Tories should win this contest. Here is my $100 to the first Runagate reader who can get me a photo of 'Granny in combat boots', skulking at the back of a political rally in your town or city.
FINALLY, SOMETHING INTELLIGENT OUT OF CNN
Among the worst coverage of events in Libya has been that of the American news network CNN. At times it has appeared that they were running a disinformation campaign for the White House, but usually on-air talent, including the incredibly obnoxious Wolf Blitzer, were simply full of themselves. Finally though, we see a CNN report online with some meat in it, concerning the cabal of Libyan emigres which the C.I.A. has been nurturing for many years. Read - CNN REPORT and watch this video report. It's very illuminating.
CNN sources WIKILEAKS - rather amusing this screen. CNN selects and underscores the key point. The American Intelligence behemoth has been preparing this "democratic uprising" in Libya for many years. But just as the puppet regions in Baghdad and Kabul prove to be grotesquely unreliable partners, the coming puppet regime in Libya with bite Barack on the behind, just before he vacates the Oval Office.