Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
Obama’s regime change operation in Libya worked out really well.
1. There are now at least two governments in Libya
2. Most of the major cities are controlled by Jihadist groups, including the one that was responsible for Benghazi
3. Some of those groups have jetliners that they might be planning to use for terrorist attacks
I don’t know how this could get any better. Maybe they could get their hands on some nuclear weapons. Or make a YouTube video about Mohammed.
Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa.
Intelligence reports of the stolen jetliners were distributed within the U.S. government over the past two weeks and included a warning that one or more of the aircraft could be used in an attack later this month on the date marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, said U.S. officials familiar with the reports.
“There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,” said one official. “We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”
And we found out in 2008 what can happen with a hijacked country. But unless those planes slam into a golf course, there’s probably nothing to worry about.
Libya remains an oil-rich state and if the country is taken over completely by Islamist extremists, U.S. counterterrorism officials believe it will become another terrorist safe haven in the region.
There are already Al Qaeda training camps in Libya and weapons and fighters from Libya helped make the disaster in Syria/Iraq possible. So that bird has flown the coop.