The Telegraph (UK) is running with the story that jihadists who fought our guys in Iraq, and perhaps killed US soldiers or Marines, are now fighting under our protective air cover. Not "they're members of a group" who fought us, actual jihadis who fought us are in Libya now.
Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
If that doesn't give you warm fuzzy feelings, how about this gem:
Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters "are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists," but added that the "members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader".When these reports first started to surface, they were coming from the government, so we all laughed and said, "That's good ol' Daffy Qa-daffy for you! Ha ha!". I don't particularly feel like laughing now. So, the jihadis don't mind us being there because "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". I wonder whom he'll be fighting if they win and his current enemy is no longer there? So Senator "Maverick" McCain wants to arm them? If we send them guns, will American forces be looking down the barrels of our weapons in six months?
If you want to know whom to blame for us being involved in this mess, look no further than the darling couple in the White House, Cass Sunstein and his wife Samantha Power. I couldn't tell you which one is more virulently anti-Israel. I suspect he's more dangerous, but it could just be I've been studying him longer. She is the creator (one of the creators?) of "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) the UN doctrine that's responsible for us being there. New Zeal has a good overview of this. Samantha Power seems to be driven by angst over the Rwandan genocide, especially angst that her heroes did nothing to stop it. Her book, "A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide" lays out the ideas that led to R2P.
Responsibility to Protect has the potential to, or if I may, is intended to, eliminate national sovereignty.
“We can no longer hide behind state sovereignty.”Let that sink in and don't overlook this detail. Libya itself may be a nothing. We may be out of there in a few weeks. The principle and the precedent, though, may just have been established that the US has no right to do what it deems its own national interest, under penalty of international courts.