This isn’t the least bit surprising. A rebel commander in Libya confirmed that jihadists who fought United States and coalition forces in Iraq are now fighting Gaddafi’s forces in Libya. We’re now on the same side as Al Queda. Good grief.
Of course, US outlets don’t have the story – it was reported by the UK Telegraph.
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.
He insists that they are all good Muslims. Al Hasidi also admitted to fighting against us in Afghanistan in 2002.
President Obama will finally address the nation on Monday to lay out his strategy on Libya, or something. I doubt he’ll mention that we’re aiding terrorists who kill US troops.
Update: Mark Steyn has a related piece about why America never wins wars anymore. In it he notes that there are no good guys in places like Libya. He also noted the president’s bizarre and confusing explanation as to what the heck we’re doing there.
It is tempting and certainly very easy to point out that Obama’s war (or Obama’s “kinetic military action,” or “time-limited, scope-limited military action,” or whatever the latest ever more preposterous evasion is) is at odds with everything candidate Obama said about U.S. military action before his election. And certainly every attempt the president makes to explain his Libyan adventure is either cringe-makingly stupid (“I’m accustomed to this contradiction of being both a commander-in-chief but also somebody who aspires to peace”) or alarmingly revealing of a very peculiar worldview:
“That’s why building this international coalition has been so important,” he said the other day. “It is our military that is being volunteered by others to carry out missions that are important not only to us, but are important internationally.”
That’s great news. Who doesn’t enjoy volunteering other people?….