Secret audio recordings recovered from Tripoli raise even more questions about America’s involvement in Libya and suggest that the chaos now consuming the North African nation could have been avoided at the very outset.
Top Pentagon officials and a senior Democrat in Congress so distrusted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s 2011 march to war in Libya that they opened their own diplomatic channels with the Gadhafi regime in an effort to halt the escalating crisis, according to secret audio recordings recovered from Tripoli.
The tapes, reviewed by The Washington Times and authenticated by the participants, chronicle U.S. officials’ unfiltered conversations with Col. Moammar Gadhafi‘s son and a top Libyan leader, including criticisms that Mrs. Clinton had developed tunnel vision and led the U.S. into an unnecessary war without adequately weighing the intelligence community’s concerns.
“You should see these internal State Department reports that are produced in the State Department that go out to the Congress. They’re just full of stupid, stupid facts,” an American intermediary specifically dispatched by the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Gadhafi regime in July 2011, saying the State Department was controlling what intelligence would be reported to U.S. officials.
The audio recordings raise serious questions about Clinton & Barack Obama‘s Libya gambit:
Gadhafi’s son and heir apparent, Seif Gadhafi, told American officials in the secret conversations that he was worried Mrs. Clinton was using false pretenses to justify unseating his father and insisted that the regime had no intention of harming a mass of civilians. He compared Mrs. Clinton’s campaign for war to that of the George W. Bush administration’s now debunked weapons of mass destruction accusations, which were used to lobby Congress to invade Iraq, the tapes show.
“It was like the WMDs in Iraq. It was based on a false report,” Gadhafi said in a May 2011 phone call to Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat serving at the time. “Libyan airplanes bombing demonstrators, Libyan airplanes bombing districts in Tripoli, Libyan army killed thousands, etc., etc., and now the whole world found there is no single evidence that such things happened in Libya.”
Seif Gadhafi also warned that many of the U.S.-supported armed rebels were “not freedom fighters” but rather jihadists whom he described as “gangsters and terrorists.”
“And now you have NATO supporting them with ships, with airplanes, helicopters, arms, training, communication,” he said in one recorded conversation with U.S. officials. “We ask the American government send a fact-finding mission to Libya. I want you to see everything with your own eyes.”
Mr. Kucinich wrote a letter to Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton in August explaining his communications in a last-ditch effort to stop the war.
“I have been contacted by an intermediary in Libya who has indicated that President Muammar Gadhafi is willing to negotiate an end to the conflict under conditions which would seem to favor Administration policy,” Mr. Kucinich wrote on Aug. 24.
Neither the White House nor the State Department responded to his letter, he said.
If Clinton feigns plausible deniability, she’ll come across as an incompetent Secretary of State who allowed Libya to fall into the hands of Islamofascists dedicated to the eradication of Israel, America, & Western Civilization.
If she concedes to receiving Kucinich’s letters, Clinton will be flooded with a tsunami of inquiries as to why she/Obama either betrayed Gadhafi (a compromised yet valuable asset in America’s fight against Islamofascism) or refused to take advantage of the regime’s proposal in order to prevent Libya from descending into the chaos that now engulfs it.
“What’s interesting about all this is, if you listen to Seif Gaddafi’s account, even as they were being bombed they still trusted America, which really says a lot,” said Mr. Kucinich. “It says a lot about how people who are being bombed through the covert involvement or backdoor involvement of the U.S. will still trust the U.S. It’s heart-breaking, really. It really breaks your heart when you see trust that is so cynically manipulated.”
Now I know Clinton sycophants will be the first to scream out all kinds of shrill invective (“what difference does it make?”) to drown out this incredible story. The problem, though, is that the tapes may give US House Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) the reason he needs to subpoena Clinton to appear before his committee.
And I for one hope that Gowdy uses his prosecutorial skills on the former Secretary of State to determine if the callous indifference towards the fate of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Officer Sean Smith, ex-Navy SEALs Glen Doherty & Tyrone Woods, sprang from the same level of indifference that sealed Gadhafi’s fate. Whatever comes out of the hearings will ultimately doom Clinton’s dream of becoming president.