In a speech at the Stimson Center today, US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones sought to downplay the attempted military coup in Libya, arguing that Gen. Khalifa Hifter never said he “wants to be in charge,” defending it as an anti-terrorism move.
Jones insisted the recent events were just a result of long-standing incidents, and defended Hifter’s move as not one against political Islamists, but against “terrorists” like the ones that attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi.
That seems directly in contrast of what Gen. Hifter himself said about his “Operation Dignity,” which insisted it targeted parliament specifically because of the growing Islamist influence there, and just hours after an Islamist-backed prime minister announced his new cabinet. Prime Minister Ahmed Mateeq has refused to step down.
Jones went on to complain of the mischaracterization of Gen. Hifter’s takeover of parliament, saying he just wanted parliament to step aside because of its “failures” and that there was no other mechanism in place to oust them from power. She said Mateeq’s government was the “final straw” for Hifter, and forced his hand.
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Didn't Debbie get the memo that the US "isn't" supporting this guy.
She got the "real" memo that this guy is their man in Libya.
The "other " memo was for us – the idiot public and taxpayers.
Apparently, Ambassador Deborah Jones was never told what happened after the previous US-sponsored coup in Libya.
Of course she got the memo….the administration lied and is supporting the general from a distance…..just in case….
These days, it seems there's nothing America likes more than a general attacking an elected parliament.
Let's hope its contagious.
It becomes clear then, wreck the place, let it stew for a while until a handy sock puppet can be found then everyone looking for a chance for a normal life will accept the US backed 'dignity law and order" leader.
So when Muslims say this is a war against them more then "terrorist" they are right! Well we knew they were right, every rational person with cursory knowledge of history knows that.
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