Posts Tagged ‘Libya’

WTF: Did The U.S. Government Decide to Let Embassy Staff Die in Benghazi?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Did we really not try to save our personnel at the U.S. Consulate?  Fox News has broken a news report that sources who were on the ground in Benghazi, that requests for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by U.S. officials.  It is worse than that.  According to the report, outside military help was told to stand down.  Really?

The reports also go on to say that military on the ground ignored orders and went on a rescue mission.  The rescue team from the CIA annex evacuated those who remained at the consulate and Sean Smith, who had been killed in the initial attack. They could not find the ambassador and returned to the CIA annex at about midnight.  This calls into question everything we have heard from the Administration pertaining to this debacle.

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Obama’s Doctrine of Ambiguity

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

As one who studies US foreign policy, I am not a fan of presidential doctrines that are generally crafted by the press out of a line or two of a president’s speech.  The Monroe Doctrine may have actually been the only true doctrine, defined by its namesake, and even it proved susceptible to gross misinterpretation and expansive misapplication.  Moreover, in an age of complexity, doctrines, or grand strategies, seem less appealing or relevant than the flexibility ambiguity allows, which is clearly why President Obama favored ambiguity in his recent address on Libya.  We live in an age of supervention, where seemingly disconnected and anachronistic events have effects, which is an inexorable reality of complexity.  The larger problem however, is not about US foreign policy and its strategic design in a complex world; it is about American identity; it is about how we Americans view our role at home and in the world.