Hillary Clinton announced that we will recognize the Libyan rebels as the official government of Libya. Maybe we should wait until we know who they are – I’m just sayin’..
“I am announcing today that, until an interim authority is in place, the United States will recognize the TNC (the Transitional National Council, the loosely-knit leadership council for the Libyan rebels) as the legitimate governing authority for Libya, and we will deal with it on that basis,” Hillary Clinton said, referring to the rebels’ Transitional National Council, according to the Washington Post.
France, Germany, Italy and the UK have already recognized the TNC, which comes as no surprise since they form the coalition attacking Qaddafi’s forces.
We do not know who the rebels are but we have launched more than 6,000 sorties against Qaddafi (at a million dollars a pop) on their behalf. Meanwhile, Qaddafi and the near-dead (for two years now) Lockerbie terrorist, Mugrahi, are appearing on TV and watching parades given on their behalf.
Our media has decided the rebels are young, mostly peaceful freedom fighters. However, Joel Rubin (National Security Network and former State Department official) said, “We don’t have the comfort level with the rebels. We certainly know some things about them, had meetings. It’s not as if there’s complete blindness. But I don’t think at this stage the comfort level is there for that kind of close coordination.”
One Libyan commander, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, has admitted that his forces include anti-American jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq. Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”. Mr. Hasidi himself fought against the United States in Afghanistan.
On Capitol Hill, Adm. James Stavridis, the NATO commander, when asked about the presence of al Qaeda terrorists among the rebels, said the leadership of the opposition is made up of “responsible men and women.”
“We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hezbollah,” the four-star admiral said. “We’ve seen different things. But at this point, I don’t have detail sufficient to say that there’s a significant al Qaeda presence, or any other terrorist presence, in and among these folks.”
The military is continuing to “look at that very closely,” he said, because “it’s part of doing due diligence as we move forward on any kind of relationship” with the opposition. Read here: Hillary – the U.S. will recognize the Libyan rebels as the official Libyan government and here: Rebel commander admits jihadists are among Libyan rebel fighters and here: Washington Times