by Sandy Stringfellow
The Perils of Revolution
Patrick Cockburn wrote an editorial on September 12, 2012, also published in The Independent (UK), with a lengthy header and sub-header that speak volumes: The murder of U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens proves the Arab Spring was never what it seemed – Bloody violence in Libya and protests in Egypt should dispel any notion that these revolutions were a vote in favor of Western ideals.
“The Libyan revolution was never quite as it was portrayed by the media, politicians and diplomats at the time. It is true that its leaders in Benghazi were astute enough from the beginning to play down the role of Islamic militants in the uprising which began on 15 February 2011. They had no wish to frighten Western opinion when they were angling for military support. […] But the opposition to Gaddafi in the 1990s and after had always been primarily religious, strongest in Cyrenaica, eastern Libya…if people were anti-Gaddafi at that moment they were also against the US occupation of Iraq. East Libyan towns provided a disproportionately high number of suicide bombers who went to Iraq.”“…[There’s been] a misunderstanding which springs in part from the over-simple and propagandist media coverage of the Libyan rebels during their uprising in 2011. They were presented as white hats and Gaddafi’s forces as black hats, while journalists, and particularly TV channels, uncritically broadcast reports that government troops were involved in mass rape. When such tales of atrocities were discredited by Amnesty International, they were ignored.”“ In reality, the rebels were always more violent and anarchic than was reported. They would hardly have lasted more than a few weeks against Gaddafi without close air support from NATO. Since the fall of Gaddafi many of these militias have turned into uncontrolled bands of thugs.”
Political and Military War-Gaming
It should also be mentioned that infiltration of federal and state government and of our institutions by Islamic fascist elements dedicated to the Caliphate and Sharia Law continues to gain momentum and improve its’ effectiveness in steering the future direction of policy and judicial doctrine in the United States. Islamists should thank Progressive Marxists for advancing their cause; they’ve made inroads available that would not otherwise apply without the continued long-term efforts of the Progressive Marxists to break down societal mores and the traditional ideals, values, and principles instrumental to the cultural foundations of Western civilization.
Could this explain why King Barry has illustrated – again, through his actions – that enfeebling our military through budgetary gutting has been one of his top tier priorities, while simultaneously increasing our military engagements around the world? Is it not readily apparent with crystalline clarity King Barry has been using our military men and women in Afghanistan as political bargaining chips to facilitate his greater scheme for America’s destruction? One may appreciate the efforts of those attempting to equate King Barry’s outward strategy in Afghanistan with a Neville Chamberlain-like appeasement process; however, this is to ignore the verifiable history of transgressions King Barry has committed against the United States: a history that may only be described as overt treason as opposed to the typical liberal propensity of misguided diplomacy. “Soft power” is intellectual gamesmanship; cover to conceal the strategic objectives of King Barry’s mission.
A Fast and Furious Connection
uch criminal conduct and abject corruption within the executive branch. Numerous similarities appear in the way Operation Fast and Furious has been handled and the manner by which the Benghazi mission murders are being handled from a strategic standpoint.
Many people have doubted the quality of Stratfor’s intelligence, but the information from MX1 – a Mexican foreign service officer who doubled as a confidential source for Stratfor – seems to corroborate recent claims about U.S. involvement in the drug war in Mexico. Most notably, the reports from MX1 line up with assertions by a Sinaola cartel insider that cartel boss Joaquin Guzman is a U.S. informant, the Sinaloa cartel was ‘given carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago,’ and Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the Sinaloa cartel in exchange for information used to take down rival cartels.”
Hypothetically, does this not appear to be a Progressive Marxist plan to sew destruction in America by arming the Sinaola drug cartel, reaping political benefits from reduced drug gang violence and a more politically stable Mexico through cooperation with the Sinaola cartel, tapping into the extraneous revenue from a 60 billion dollar U.S. illegal drug market through criminal associations, creating greater demand for illegal drugs by reducing costs through increased availability, thus furthering the erosion of civil society while creating political pressure in the U.S. for more restrictive gun laws, based on the false perception that U.S. gun dealers have been predominantly responsible for selling firearms to criminal elements in Mexico involved in the commission of felonious crimes, heinous atrocities and hundreds of murders? Strategically cunning, is it not? Ergo: “The Chicago Way.”
So let us carefully examine and critically analyze the Benghazi mission murders through the lens of an objective process – based on what’s known and unknown – in an effort to isolate possibilities that make sense strategically. The following question is a five-alarm bell-ringer. It’s based upon projection of a possible motive, examination of which includes circumstantial evidence and in-depth evaluation of all past behaviors, not just those in the near-term: Did top secret and highly protected inside information become known to Ambassador Stevens, was it damning enough to terminate King Barry’s reelection bid, and was “The Chicago Way” deemed acceptable to eliminate a potential threat of discovery and the ensuing avalanche of political damage should such information become widely known?
Next: Part 4, Al-Qaeda in Post-Gaddafi Libya
Sandy Stringfellow is a writer and musician with an interest in history, economics, and politics.