Christopher S. Chivvis | Obama ignored Libya’s downward spiral

The country has been going to hell in a handbasket for months now. We just weren’t paying attention…

One question many are asking the wake of Tuesday’s events: Were the United States and its allies naïve about the dangers in post-intervention Libya? The attacks come on the heels of a gradual deterioration of the country’s security in recent months.

Last year’s uprising began in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, where Tuesday’s attacks occurred. Qaddafi claimed the revolt was the work of terrorists, long native to Eastern Libya, and warned that if it were not crushed, the country could become the Somalia of the Mediterranean — a string of radical “Islamic emirates” just across the water from southern Europe.


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