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U.S. Could Deploy Forces in Libya 'Any Day,' Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Says

Waiting for the Libyan government to get it together.

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The U.S. is prepared to "deploy capabilities" in Libya but are waiting for the government there to get through an "intense period of dialogue," which could happen any day, Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters during a NATO conference this week. "There's a lot of activity going on underneath the surface," he said, according to the Washington Post.

The meeting with NATO military chiefs in Brussels came after the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries met in Vienna to discuss the situation in Libya. The U.N. recognized government of Fayez Sarraj is competing with the forces of Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who says only he is equipped to fight ISIS, which has conquered territory around Sirte, a coastal city hallway between the capital of Tripoli in the west and Benghazi in the east. Western governments said after Vienna they were open to arming the new Libyan government despite a U.N. ban due to the abundance of weapons in Lbiya.

U.S. troops have already been headed to Libya since December, looking for "partners" in places like Benghazi and Misrata. Dunford declined to comment on those activities, but said the U.S. was looking to make a "unique contribution" in Libya.

ISIS and other terror groups and armed militias have proliferated in Libya since a U.S.-backed intervention in Libya in 2011 during which long-time dictator Col. Moammar Qaddafi was deposed. Last month, Obama offered that "failing to plan for the day after" was the worst mistake of his presidency. Hillary Clinton, who served as Obama's secretary of state from 2009 to 2012 and is a Democratic candidate for president, has pointed to the intervention in Libya as examples of leadership and decisiveness. "I think we did a great deal to help the Libyan people after Qaddafi's demise," Clinton said during one Democratic debate.

ISIS's expansion in Libya comes as the U.S. insists it and its allies have cut into the would-be caliphate's territorial gains in Iraq and Syria. U.S. troops operating there, and in Libya and in whatever other, undisclosed locations, in the war against ISIS fall under the post-9/11 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), according to the Obama administration, which has tried but failed to get a congressional vote on some kind of ISIS-specific AUMF. Thirteen Republicans joined 125 Democrats to vote in favor of a failed amendment to the NDAA offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) that would set a 90 day expiration date on the post-9/11 AUMF, requiring the Obama administration to secure a new one.

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  1. Well, we did break it…

  2. AUMF

    I have a ticket number at work that I can usually get away with using to make pretty much any database change I can think of. It’s bullshit there too.

  3. Let’s bounce some rubble, MaFuckas!

  4. How can this be possible with Captain Peace Prize in charge? Right wing lies!

    1. Oh lord… I can’t wait until she gets her own Peace Prize.

      1. Will it be the day before or day after the great pantsuit Inauguration?

      2. Broke in pieces prize.

      3. I’ve yet to hear a good reason why she hasn’t got one already.

  5. It seems the ‘Joint Chiefs’ are as fucking stupid and itching for perpetual war as much as the hawks.More troops in Europe,bigger budget needed.,same old song since 2001.

    1. same old song since 20011945

      FTFY

      1. This and this were in 1945?

        If ONLY some responsible people, 150 years earlier, had said to stay out of foreign intrigues.

  6. Is this Smart Power at Its Best?

  7. Oh my achin’ wallet.

  8. The only silver lining here is that Hillary will get asked more often about our previous Libya actions. She should be asked about it daily already, but I’ll take what I can get.

  9. The U.S. is prepared to “deploy capabilities” in Libya but are waiting for the government there to get through an “intense period of dialogue,” which could happen any day, Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters

    Gen. Dunford needs to utilize more military bureaucratspeak in order for anyone to understand his statement.

    And “*is* waiting”, Ed. WTF is with this “modern” English?

    1. The U.S. is prepared to “deploy capabilities” in Libya but are waiting

      The United States are plural (there are 50 – 57 of them, depending on who you ask), so “are” is the correct verb.

      1. That seems nit-picky… technically right (the best kind of right, I know). IN this case, the ‘U.S.’ is “The Federal Government”, so it doesn’t feel right to say “The federal government are waiting…”

        But I’m probably the third-to-last guy who you go to for grammar lessons (to whom you go?). I absorbed nothing from my educated, British family.

  10. U.S. Could Deploy Forces in Libya ‘Any Day,’ Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Says

    combined with:

    The meeting with NATO military chiefs in Brussels came after the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries met in Vienna to discuss the situation in Libya. The U.N. recognized government of Fayez Sarraj is competing with the forces of Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who says only he is equipped to fight ISIS,

    Etc…

    By NATO and UN, I guess it still means “U.S.”.

  11. RE: U.S. Could Deploy Forces in Libya ‘Any Day,’ Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Says
    Waiting for the Libyan government to get it together.

    Thank God we’re invading Libya!
    We were running out Middle Eastern countries to occupy.
    That was a close one.

  12. Ha! I bet Obama feels silly. “Days, not weeks” indeed.

  13. It’s hard to believe that anyone in the US with an IQ over 45 thinks this is a good idea.

    I do look forward to seeing how this plays out in the general election. The republicans will probably be to dumb to capitalize on it because they are also a bunch of hawks. The Benghazi Commison could have ended years ago if they looked into the fact that Hillary said what she did after the event for political reasons and stopped using it is a bully pulpit for how dems are weak on defense.

  14. Light the Buttplug!

  15. The notion that ME countries can be rendered peaceful is pretty much dead.

    The only things I’m really in favor of are raids against slave markets and splattering known gatherings of obvious ISISoids across the landscape. Let ’em figure out the whole “society” thing themselves.

    1. Oh, they can be, we just aren’t willing to do that. Rightfully so.

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