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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Root Cause Analysis on Libya - Teetering on Anarchy and Paralyzed by Benghazi

Senator John McCain has an alarmingly charismatic way of changing, or at least modifying, history. It's his "bridge to nowhere" that's caused roadblocks for legislation out of the US Senate and Congress, where "pork" spending is attached. Consequently, there are sparsely few bargaining chips hanging around to leverage passing dicey legislation. Additionally, McCain hired former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin to be his 2008 Vice-Presidential running mate. Palin wasn't qualified for the job, but conservative GOP politics was forever changed by her imprimatur. 

And the list includes McCain's nearly hysterical attacks on the terrible incident in Benghazi, Libya. Again, he's impacted history.

McCain's relentless assault on the September 11, 2012, attack on the Benghazi consulate and the killing of 4 people including American Ambassador Chris Stevens, has had the potential for destroying any chance for the US to regain Middle East credibility. As a result of McCain's obsessive haranguing on the terrible Benghazi incident, the Russians are now gaining momentum in the Middle East, while American foreign policy is held captive to right wing ranting about any US involvement.

The Washington Post columnist David Ignatius is reprinted in the November 8, 2013 "The Week",  reporting how the bickering about Benghazi is now a double tragedy, because the Libyan nation is spiraling into anarchy, while the US is paralyzed to respond.

Does anyone remember Libya?, asks Ignatius. "Two years ago, the U.S. and its NATO allies spent billions intervening in the country's civil war to topple dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi, hoping to establish  Libya as 'a secure state'. Yet, Libya is now teetering on the edge of anarchy, with Islamist militias controlling much of the country. Libyan Prime Minister Ali Seidan can't even hold meetings for fear participants will be attacked. Seidan has asked for the U.S. help in training a security force to protect the democratically elected government and the delivery of essential services. But the Obama administration and Congress has been paralyzed. 'Congressional Republicans deserve much of the blame' for the inaction, because their 'near-hysterical attacks' about the tragic loss of four Americans in Benghazi have made Libya politically radioactive. 'Nobody wants to risk another Benghazi,' so the U.S. is simply doing nothing. But, it does not honor those who died in Benghazi to let Libya fall into anarchy and Islamist terrorism. 'It's inexcusable to keep sitting on our hands, bickering about Benghazi, while the country (of Libya) goes down the drain'."

McCain's alarming charismatic furor over Benghazi has marginalized our nation's Middle East foriegn policy strategies. Instead of forming policy based upon diplomatic expertise, McCain's siren has created, instead, a reflexive knee jerk reaction to buzz words.  

I can't imagine what our world would've looked like if the McCain-Palin dangerous duo had ever been elected. Thank God, they were both cut loose from ever being our nation's nightmarish political leaders. Nonetheless, they're both doing plenty of damage, every time they open their mouths to speak.

As for Senator McCain, although he's an American patriot based upon his military and public policy career, he often doesn't use good judgement. Unfortunately, McCain can't take back the damage he's done the Libyan people by his Benghazi screeching. Yet, if he really cares about our nation's Middle East foreign policy, he'd be humble enough to recall his pointless, wasteful, unproductive and hurtful statements made about the deadly incident. 

There hasn't been a single constructive outcome from the outrageous accusations made about the tragedy in Benghazi. Senator McCain has the power to, at least, retract some of his own collateral damage. Since McCain is identified with the root cause of the regressive Middle East policy against providing some U.S. aid to Libya, he should be responsible for leading us out of the foreign policy abyss he started on September 11, 2012.

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