From No-Fly Zone To CIA-assisted "Revolution"

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Have the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed the full extent of the U.S. role in Libya? Are there in fact already military personnel on the ground with the rebels?

[Black Star News Editorial]

There are shady dealings in the Sahara. The "revolution" is corrupted.

Now comes a report today in The New York Times that the Central Intelligence Agency has planted operatives in Libya to work with the "rebels" seeking to depose Muammar al-Quathafi.

The New York Times
reports: "While President Obama has insisted that no American military ground troops participate in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks as part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help bleed Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said."

What type of "freedom fighters" would work hand-in-hand with the CIA. How can the revolutionists wear this as a badge of honor? Would the Blackberry-Facebook pro-democracy freedom fighters in Tunisia and Egypt have collaborated with the CIA, which worked hand-in-hand with Hosni Mubarak and his dreaded secret police?

The Times also earlier reported that Benghazi was already striking profiteering oil deals through Qatar that could potentially bring in hundreds of millions of dollars. Who would control the proceeds of this blood money? Would an accounting firm monitor the transactions? How could such sales be consummated with the United Nations embargo on Libya in place?

Would Western alliance warships stationed off Libya's waters to enforce sanctions be used to assist with the smuggling? Would the UN condone the smuggling, much in the same way it once assisted Saddam Hussein to contravene sanctions and export oil?

The Times also earlier reported that President Obama was considering authorizing arms shipments to Benghazi. Would some of the money from the oil smuggling be used for these weapons? Are we seeing formulation of a blood-money for-arms scenario similar to Ronald Reagan's arms-for Contras operation?

The Wall Street Journal, writing about Benghazi rebels today reported: "Members of the Libya Islamic Fighting Group, which was founded by fighters who returned to Libya after fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan and waged a violent rebellion against Col. Gadhafi in the mid-1990s, appear to be playing a role, according to experts familiar with the group."

What about fears expressed by some top U.S. military officers, as presented in a New York Times article today, that the weapons could end up with al-Qaeda elements with the Benghazi rebels? How would family of 911 victims feel about U.S. armaments for these fighters?

Too many questions. If Congressional hearing and review is needed for the U.S. role in Libya than this is the moment. Have the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed the full extent of the U.S. role in Libya? Are there in fact already military personnel on the ground with the rebels?

How do China and Russia feel about how the "no-fly zone" mission has evolved into a full-fledged regime change and oil rush operation? Will they again abstain in the future when the UN Security council seeks to formulate a policy for Iran or North Korea, or, once burnt, wield the veto?
 
What about the African countries --South Africa, Gabon, and Nigeria-- that voted for the no-fly zone? Is this what they bargained for?

Whose revolution is it? The Libyan people's? Nicolas Sarkozy's? David Cameron's? Barack Obama's? The CIA's?


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