|Blast from the past cartoon|
- Warmonger Democrats and Republicans supported blowing the living crap out of Libya in an unconstitutional war and creating a base for Islamic terrorism.
- Now the people who brought us Libyan anarchy want us to go into Libya to control their every action in order to line our pockets with oil money.
(Washington Free Beacon) - Senior lawmakers on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump's declaration that the United States has "no role" in Libya, citing the threat of regional instability to U.S. national security interests.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin (D., Md.) said Libya's ongoing battle over power and access to natural resources has created a permissive environment for extremist groups such as the Islamic State and al Qaeda.
Cardin, during opening remarks for a hearing assessing U.S. policy options in the war-torn nation, said it is vital to U.S. security interests that the Trump administration work with the international community and local forces to craft a political solution that creates a representative government.
Hillary on Libya
"The United States must be engaged," Cardin said. "When we don't have representative governments … it creates a void and that void is filled by ISIS, as we've seen in northern Africa, and it's filled by Russia, which we're seeing Russia's engagement now in Libya."
"I think this hearing is an important indication by Congress that we do expect a role to be played," he added.
Trump raised concerns Thursday when he rejected calls from Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to maintain America's "very critical" role in Libya. The United States currently is working to build political consensus around the fragile United Nations-backed government in Tripoli. Trump said during the joint press conference with Gentiloni that the U.S. priority in Libya is counterterrorism efforts to degrade ISIS.
Moscow in recent months has ramped up support for Libyan military commander Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who controls large swaths of eastern Libya, including Benghazi. Haftar's forces do not recognize the UN-backed Government of National Accord, posing a significant challenge to international efforts to unify the country.
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|Obama's Military Intervention in Libya|
The United States deployed a naval force of 11 ships, including the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce, the guided-missile destroyers USS Barry and USS Stout, the nuclear attack submarines USS Providence and USS Scranton, the cruise missile submarine USS Florida and the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney.
Additionally, A-10 ground-attack aircraft, B-2 stealth bombers, AV-8B Harrier II jump-jets, EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, P-3 Orions, and both F-15E and F-16 fighters were involved in action over Libya.U-2 reconnaissance aircraft were stationed on Cyprus.