Even as the TNC’s anti-democratic and mercenary character has become more apparent, however, the US and European powers have extended diplomatic recognition to it. Amid the factional infighting that followed Younis’s murder, the US, Britain and other countries have handed over Libyan embassies to Gaddafi’s opponents. At the same time, however, the same powers are keeping a tight rein on Libya’s overseas financial assets—to fund and maintain control over their fractious puppets in Benghazi.
The NATO powers’ decision to back a group like the TNC shows that their intervention in Libya never aimed to protect civilians or establish democracy, but to advance their strategic and economic ambitions. These include the domination of Libya’s substantial oil reserves and the establishment of a beachhead in North Africa, from which to control and suppress the emerging revolutionary movements in the region, above all in neighbouring Egypt.
For months, NATO ministers have been proclaiming the impending fall of Gaddafi. After the TNC’s military efforts ground to a halt, the focus shifted to speculation about an uprising in Tripoli or a coup against Gaddafi by elements of his regime. While Gaddafi has maintained his grip on power, the TNC in Benghazi is now fracturing. Moreover, the assassination of Younis will hardly inspire confidence among other Gaddafi loyalists to defect to the TNC.
Responding to the sacking of the TNC executive committee, the US State Department issued a statement declaring that it provided an opportunity for “reflection” and “renewal.” These bland remarks reflect Washington’s continued support for TNC president Jibril and his clique. At the same time, the US and the Europeans are no doubt exploring all options, including, as the Globe and Mail indicated, among the Islamist faction around Bushidra.
In the snapshot, C.I. takes on Hillary Clinton's ridiculous assertions about the Libyan War. It would really be smart for Hillary to announce she's stepping down instead of taking the brunt of the criticism for Barack's wars. But please note, C.I.'s not afraid to criticize Hillary. She's never been afraid of that. She likes Hillary, she knows Hillary, but if she thinks Hillary's wrong, she'll criticize Hillary in exactly the same terms she would anyone else.
That's the difference between adults and Barack Groupies. Adults don't have political crushes. They don't practice delusions.
As the wagons circle to protect the CIA's Libyan 'rebels,' we really need independent coverage. But we get none, do we?
Democracy Now! is completely ignoring the Libyan War. Others choose to unquestioningly parrot NATO and call that reporting.
On the plus side, it took a lot of people complaining, it took C.I. griping at every Pacifica friend, it took Dennis Bernstein doing a self-inventory, it took a whole lot of other things but FINALLY Flashpoints returned to offering some Libyan War coverage tonight. You can stream it at the link. (Community member Jessica e-mailed me to ask why C.I. made good on pledges to KPFA? C.I. did a pitch at The Common Ills and it was based on the Libyan War coverage. After the pitch, the coverage was killed. For that reason, any community member who pledged to KPFA needed to e-mail C.I. how much they pledged and where to send the check. Yes, she did write a check -- out of her own funds -- for those pledges she was e-mailed about. Why? She felt responsible because she had pitched it.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):