Obama Order: Libya an ‘Extraordinary Threat’ to US Foreign Policy

Extends State of Emergency for Another Year

President Obama’s “state of national emergency” related to Libya has been extended yet another year today, with the latest executive order declaring Libya still poses an “extraordinary threat” to US foreign policy interests.

Obama initially issued the order in February of 2011, and despite a US and NATO imposed regime change which followed soon after it has been renewed annually since then.

The regime change was presented as setting the stage for major new oil exports from Libya, which have not materialized as the new pro-West regime has been unable to retain control of the ports.

Internally Libya continues to struggle with unrest, with militias demanding new elections, and a parliament that has decided to indefinitely extend its term in office. They also dealt with a military plane crash today in neighboring Tunisia, which killed 11 people, including Islamist militia leader Meftah Daouadi. Officials said the crash occurred under “mysterious circumstances.”

How any of this constitutes a “national emergency” for the United States anymore is unclear, and indeed it no longer seems “extraordinary” at all, but just business as usual in the new Libya.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.