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February 14, 2014

More "Democracy Promotion" In Libya

The CIA's (and the Saudi's) main asset in Libya, the anti-Ghaddafi general Khalifa Haftar, is staging a coup against the somewhat elected puppet government in Libya:

A Libyan military commander on Friday called for the suspension of the interim parliament and the formation of a presidential committee to govern until new elections are held.
"The national command of the Libyan army is declaring a movement for the new road map," Haftar said in a statement in which he said the armed forces were calling for the country to be "rescued" from its upheaval.

Of course no one in Washington will, like in the case of Eygpt, actually call this a "coup". This is another fine moment of U.S. sponsored "democracy promotion."

It is no coincidence that it comes now as the green flag of Ghaddafi's movement is again raised in parts of Libya. Haftar's job will again be to facilitate and support AlQaeda affiliated forces from east Libya against the nationalists who are regaining power in the south and west. But without NATO air support, not likely to come again, Haftar's forces only have a small chance to win.

Posted by b on February 14, 2014 at 10:14 UTC | Permalink


"But without NATO air support, not likely to come again, Haftar's forces only have a small chance to win."

Agree with that. Also China (unceremoniously chased out of Libya by Al CIAda), won't have to be asked twice to lend a helping hand.
And to add insult to injury, China has started making the kind of noises which can only be made by lots of battleships, in the Indian Ocean.
All that Yankee prodding seems to have awoken 2 'sleeping giants' at once.
Is that clever, or 'clever'?
One hopes that the Giants will enhance their Veterinary Science qualifications, by putting the Mad Dog(s) to sleep.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 14 2014 11:35 utc | 1

That is well spotted, b. I had seen that someone was staging a coup, but the headline had not specified this marvellous man Haftar, completely transparent, absolutely undeniable, gets to head of uprising by disposing of existing head of it, Abd'ul-Fatah Yunis... straight from central casting!

Posted by: Rowan Berkeley | Feb 14 2014 13:04 utc | 2

That coup seems to not go well. What went wrong?

General Hafter announces coup; politicians react with scorn, order his arrest

General Khalifa Hafter, who is nominally in charge of land forces but in reality without any military power, announced a coup d’etat on TV this morning. Speaking to Al-Arabiya channel in the name of what he said was the Libyan Republican Alliance, he announced that he had suspended the General National Congress, the government and the Constitutional Declaration, and that his forces were in Tripoli.

He later said that it was not a coup d’etat as such but “a correction to the path of the revolution’.

The Saudi-backed TV station added that communications and the internet had been cut in the capital.

Neither statements were remotely true. The internet were working with its usual slowness and other communications were normal. Libya Herald reporters went to the Congress buildings and the Prime Minister’s office and found no unusual activity. There were no checkpoints and no extra security guards. The only people in action at Congress were the cleaners. There was no sign of any military activity elsewhere in the capital, either. It is a normal quiet Friday.

The government has responded to Hafter’s declaration with scorn, ordering Hafter’s arrest.
Hafter was one of a number of largely former leading officers at a series of secret meetings held recently, disclosed by Thinni on Tuesday, which discussed plans for the removal of Congress and the government and their replacement by a military council. Also reported in attendance was Air Commodore Saqr Adam Geroushi, the former Chief of Staff of the Air Force who was disbarred from office by the Integrity Commission a year ago.

The government and Congress were alerted to the fact and Nuri Abu Sahmain, who was given temporary powers as Commander-in-Chief by Congress three weeks ago, ordered the Military Police to arrest those attending the meetings. However, the Libya Herald has been told that they refused, claiming that Congress’ legitimacy had expired on 7 February.

Interesting chaos ...

Posted by: b | Feb 14 2014 13:26 utc | 3

It's precisely why they murdered Qaddafi and his sons (I think Saif is alive but is disappeared somewhere.) The last thing they would want is for the Greens to have a figure to rally around. If this continues to build steam, they may have to divert Al Ciadah forces from Syria.

I don't know if China or Russia will get involved, but I could see Algeria offering some behind the scenes unofficial help to the Greens.

Would NATO (openly I mean) get involved? Since they would be bombing a guerrilla force rather than a conventional national army, the role of air power is limited. NATO will stick to sending weapons and jihadi fighters from abroad.

Posted by: Lysander | Feb 14 2014 13:35 utc | 4

Yes siree, the shitzkrieg rolls on: Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela...where it stops no one knows.

Let us have peace, let us have life/Let us escape the cruel knife/Let us have time, let the sun shine/Let us beware the deadly sign/The day is coming/Armageddon's near/Inferno's coming/Can we survive the shitzkrieg?/The shitzkrieg/The shitzkrieg

BTW: speaking of related propaganda sh!te - or lack thereof, it's highly amusing that the US media just forgot to reminds its viewers of the reason behind the US boycotting the Moscow 1980 Olympics:

The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan spurred Jimmy Carter to issue an ultimatum on January 20, 1980 that the United States would boycott the Moscow Olympics if Soviet troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan within one month.[2] After an April 24th meeting, United States Olympic Committee (USOC) President Robert Kane told the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the USOC would still be willing to send a team to Moscow if there were a “spectacular change in the international situation.”[3]


Posted by: JSorrentine | Feb 14 2014 14:06 utc | 5

I am quite sure Russias intel is involved in all of this. Al-Sisis momentum (now officialy backed by Putin, against US/EU/PuppetMursi) is an evidence Russia took care getting their partners into position. Also, there is a strange silence about Egypt these days. Even more so, about Algeria, except for rumours about Bouteflikas health. Anyone remember the In Amenas hostage crisis, January '13? It was resolved with "unreasonable hardship", and happened a few days after French troops were sent to Mali, bordering Algeria. Since then nothing else. I think Russian intel is also involved in there.

Posted by: Kal | Feb 14 2014 15:12 utc | 6

I think occasions are sprouting like champignons for the Russians to punch the West especially zusa fast and nasty:look at yesterday scores for example.In 2 different places at almost the same time Russia delivered 2 superb slaps to the unending hubris of the West.In Moscow Sissi was received as a head of state and Putin endorsed his candidacy to the presidential elections.They also signed 4 billions $ of arm trade.In Geneva,the vice foreign minister Gatilov showed himself more hard than the legitimate syrian government delegation in regard to the zusa's desires and its puppet(transitional body).To the first a furious White House reminded Putin that he was not to choose an egyptian candidate(suddenly zusa becomes legalist!!),to the second the americans and their mignon threatened with the USc!and now Lybia,,,there are so many ways Russia can get back at them there…
On a different subject:one of my children lives in Kazhakstan were there has been 4 days ago a devaluation of the currency (20%)and tanks are in the streets of Astana.probably they are expecting an ukrainian redux.

Posted by: Nobody | Feb 14 2014 21:50 utc | 7

by mignon I referred to octogenarian Al Ibrahimi.

Posted by: Nobody | Feb 14 2014 21:52 utc | 8

Supposedly one of Gaddafi's sons is still alive. Khamis, "the immortal", he was reportedly killed a number times only to appear alive later. I dunno I think he might be dead, but Saif is being held in reserve. He won't be killed, he will play a role but much later. I firmly believe that he will make a comeback, he will be tougher and stronger. He won't be coming back just yet, then there is the soccer player. He is to much of a pussy.
There is also Al Gaddafi al dam. Who knows what part he will play?
Allah, Muammar wa Libya al Bass.
Also in Dominican Republic, the openly gay ambassador Wally Brewster, who is one of Odummy's main fund raiser's. After promising that he would respect the islands conservative nature, has now started to court the country's LGBT community to begin pushing gay marriage.
A smear campaign has been launched against the Cardinal of Santo Domingo Lopez Rodriguez who opposes the American viceroy.
The Dominican Republic which became a full fledged colony of USA 60's is also a huge CIA base. The embassy is full of spooks and USAID is also has a major presence.
Then we have Venezuela which is undergoing a Ukraine type scenario.
Ay USA why are you such a bully?

Posted by: Fernando | Feb 15 2014 0:30 utc | 9

treachery and ironic as the current regime has NO legitimacy.....notice how AJE qatar state media phases it: Gaddafi regme vs 'government in Tripoli'...there was no Gadafi regime just as QATAR has no free press
Al Jazeera English
Niger's government has extradited Abdallah Mansour, a former top Libyan intelligence official under the Gaddafi regime, to Libya on suspicion of plotting against the government in Tripoli, military sources told the Reuters news agency.

Posted by: brian | Feb 15 2014 7:23 utc | 10

note we hear of Gadafi regime, but its the Nigers government and govt of tripoli...faceless men are never seen as 'dictators...
Focus on Putin or Assad Chavez etc....and the media always writes them up as dictators autocrats if there are no governments there

Posted by: brian | Feb 15 2014 7:25 utc | 11

you are opposed to the illegal overthrow of Ukrain president by street protests but you didn't have a problem with the military coup in Egypt which ousted a democraticaly-elected president by an army chief who is a staunch US ally !!

Posted by: Ashraf | Feb 15 2014 19:05 utc | 12

Why is 'appalled' SA King Abdullah waiting for the US to do the dirty job. If he is so distraught watching his Syria "Sunni brothers" been killed in Syria by heretics, why doesn't he make use of the billions of dollars of weapons he is buying from the US. Instead he is getting rid of his own extremists hoping they will be killed there.
Get some transplanted balls, Abie! Be a man!

Saudi King Abdullah has a special attachment to Syria and has tribal and marriage connections to the country. He has been appalled at the gruesome bloodshed and the horrific cost of the civil war. He blames Washington for not doing more to stop the war, oust Assad and put in place a Sunni government that will break with Iran and Hezbollah. He would like Syria to become a Sunni base for toppling Hezbollah dominance of Lebanon.

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Posted by: Virgile | Feb 16 2014 22:33 utc | 13

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