Remember Libya? It has been on the back burner because it makes the War Party look awful. With Clinton's campaign, expect it to make a comeback in the news for Benghazi issues and maybe, if we're lucky, questions about why did we intervene? A recent National Interest essay discussed the horrors and disorder of Libya and mentioned that a general has a Machiavellian plan to get US help. This essay was brilliant for how it painted the general's scheme and for what it avoided saying.
The essay laid out a brilliant plan by this general to pull an Assad and make ISIS and crazy fundies the main bad guys, manipulating the West into supporting him. This is a smart play as it plays to the concept of "best alternative to a negotiated agreement". The general is lining it up into a choice of Dirty Me or crazy mofo jihadis. Either negotiate with the slightly dirty guy or your remaining best alternative is jihadis running a nation. America painted itself in a corner with Assad due to our Gulf friends (and Israel), but right now, Assad has major propaganda points to play by just saying, "It's me or ISIS." This general wants to do the same.
America is resisting it but shucks, his plan might work. The essay might be persuasive to readers, but not me. The general in question is General Hifter. I wrote on him previously as he is called by some the CIA's man in Libya. Hifter lived in Virginia for two decades. No one knows what work he did to keep his family fed. The better essay or report is on what Hifter did for 20 years in America. He is an American pawn, a CIA asset, and possibly a future puppet. Hifter is going to get exactly what America thinks it needs to send to pursue its interests. He just needs to play the game with State and CIA, and he will be all set. if this essay of Hifter's Libya strategy is any indication, the American media will never cite his past.
The fellow who wrote this is Alexander Decina a research associate of the Council on Foreign Relations and formerly of the New America Foundation. Good regime policy hack in training. To write an essay on Hifter and his attempts to win American aid and not mention his past in America is a horrible omission of the whole truth. This is regime public relations and shaping of the story. If we are pursuing truth and trying to inform readers on what is going on, is it not a responsibility to tell the whole story? I linked to his LinkedIn and offer this bit of advice: no matter how few connections you have, make sure your head shot doesn't make you look like a scruffy chump.
Hifter will most likely get what he wants because the cathedral will want a quiet Libya for Clinton's run. God forbid Libya descend from chaotic Libyan on Libyan violence to hell on earth run by ISIS between now and November 2016. The last few elastic voters in the few remaining states that swing might see Clinton's resume consisting of Libya and realize she is a zero. One would think boats of Africans leaving Libyan ports for Europe would be enough to doom the left, but the media loves them too much to point out hard truths. Hifter does not need Machiavellian schemes. He just needs to go through his old Rolodex of contacts at Langley.