U.S. interventionist foreign policy fails again

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On Saturday, Oct. 5, the U.S. Military raided African countries of Libya and Somalia.

In Somalia, U.S. Navy SEALs went after members of al-Shahaab, the group responsible for the Westgate Mall terrorist attack in Kenya.

The mission was considered a failure, since the SEALs had to retreat due to heavy fire.

In Libya, the military captured Abu Anas Al-Libi, a member of al-Qaeda who was thought to be involved with the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya in 1998.

At 6:30 a.m. local time, a dozen men in several vehicles arrived at Al-Libi’s doorstep in downtown Tripoli, Libya, just as Al-Libi was getting out of his car from his morning prayer at the local mosque.

Umm Abdul Rahman, Al-Libi’s wife, thought the men who arrived at her house were Libyan, but Americans could have been amongst the Libyans.

Rahman pleaded for her husband’s innocence, claiming Al-Libi severed ties with Al-Qaeda in 1996, two years before the embassy bombing.

In retaliation, al-Qaeda kidnapped Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Tripoli hotel, where Zidan was residing.

The kidnapping only lasted a few hours, but highlighted Libya’s persistent state of turmoil since the Libyan Civil War in 2011.

The Obama Administration helped the Libyan rebels oust longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

This resulted in al-Qaeda gaining a foothold in Libya, since Gaddafi was very active about keeping al-Qaeda out.

Last week, the Obama Administration finally backhandedly admitted to there being a connection between al-Qaeda and the Sept. 11, 2012, attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This revelation is old news and should not be surprising to anyone.

Not only did the U.S. help bring al-Qaeda to Libya, there was a grave failure within the State Department, at the time led by Hillary Clinton, to call in for extra protection for the U.S. Consulate.

What should really shock the public is the Obama administration’s chronic dishonesty.

It took them a year to partially fess up, after spending election season last year blaming the instigation of the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video, rather than themselves.

The Benghazi-al-Qaeda connection has been completely dodged by the president because it would have been a black eye for reelection, and it will be a large issue in the 2016 Presidential Election, if Hillary Clinton decides to run.

Interventionism did not help the United States in the past, and will continue to create more problems in the future.

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Drew McCalmont
Hi, I'm Drew, the layout editor and former world editor of the Concordiensis. In my free time, I run, ski, hike, travel and fly airplanes. I study Physics, French, and Mathematics. I grew up in New Hampshire. I hope you enjoy many of the visual changes that we are making to the website and the print edition of the newspaper.

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