This is an interesting statement from Mr. Lendman. Certainly not one that is getting much airtime. But where is the evidence that the US was involved in the rebellion from the beginning? If he could show some solid evidence then it would be compelling.
Because it basically all comes down to what started the rebellion. If it was an authentic rebellion and was quashed by Gaddafi forces then it would be hard to claim that the US planned this ahead of time.
You can also check out DEBKA file’s article on US and British assistance with boots on the ground in Libya as far back as Feb 24th 2011
” “(Feb. 24th 2011) Hundreds of US, British and French military advisers have arrived in Cyrenaica, Libya’s eastern breakaway province, debkafile’s military sources report exclusively.
The advisers, including intelligence officers, were dropped from warships and missile boats at the coastal towns of Benghazi and Tobruk Thursday Feb. 24, for a threefold mission:
1. To help the revolutionary committees controlling eastern Libyan establish government frameworks for supplying two million inhabitants with basic services and commodities;
2. To organize them into paramilitary units, teach them how to use the weapons they captured from Libyan army facilities, help them restore law and order on the streets and train them to fight Muammar Qaddafi’s combat units coming to retake Cyrenaica.
3. To prepare infrastructure for the intake of additional foreign troops. Egyptian units are among those under consideration””
I’ve been trying to understand the Libyan situation for a while now, and it is very difficult. The difficulty arises from Qaddafi. At the UN two years ago(I believe), Qaddafi’s speech was brilliant; saying that the UN should be moved to another nation, and the veto-holding members should not have the power of a veto. But, his crazy-Obama is my brother- speech, shows that he is nuts! So, I am totally against Qaddafi. But, do I think the U.S. has conducted the Libyan operation for months, as Steve Lendman implies? No. I think the U.S. and Israel, England, France, Spain, Italy, and Norway are nothing but “opportunists” in this situation. The creepy, scumbags that these governments are.
I hope, both, that Qaddafi, and the soldiers involved in the “coalition of the willing” suffer a catastrophic defeat. Something like ‘Blackhawk Down’ cubed! For in today’s world, if you want to overthrow your “leaders”, each country’s citizens have to do it themselves, without intervention from other nations. That’s just the way the world is…
Ghaddafi has been like a partially well-fed penned in wolf…… the neo-groups have never been too sure which way he would go…. out the pen or stay in the pen. He has shared the oil profits with his country and they have free health care and schools…. he was too progressive (the old fashioned kind) and the neos wanted him out. They planned the rebel revolution and this so-called rescue is a take over by the neo-nations so the oil money can be absorbed by the ultra-rich.
There’s absolutely every reason to think that the assault on Libya is just another phase in a long history of western imperialism. Just remember that everything that we believed about Gaddafi was fed to us by the MSM and look how low their credibility fell after their support for the Iraq War (- WMD my ass!)
Yeah the Russians, Germans and several other countries abstained from voting on the UN “no-fly” re(v)olution but if they’d really objected to it, they would have vetoed it. Instead, they gave themselves plausible deniability just like Rumsfeld and Powell over the invasion of Iraq.
Anyone who’s paying attention to world affairs would have known that this was a trumped-up excuse to topple Gadaffi and install a puppet government that would sell off the oil and banking assets – and that’s just for starters. The UN setup an arms embargo to stop weapons being supplied to government troops but does nothing to stop Egypt from supplying arms to the insurrection forces. Any action from a government military asset is seen as continued aggression and immediately targetted. However, no-ones targetting the insurrection assets that are continuing an assault on Tripoli. Hence, a government force defending itself against an insurrection attack will no doubt be labelled as breaching the ceasefire and come under murderous attack by UN forces.
What we have now is an insurrection backed by NATO forces – what chance does Gaddafi have against that? Especially when the “no-fly” zone appears to allow assassination of Gaddafi as a legal objective.
My hat’s off to Russia Today as the only news channel that openly called the UN and NATOs bluff about this affair and provides airtime to any opposing viewpoints. The British MSM quickly glosses over any unsavoury points such as the Arab nations and Russia calling for an immediate cease-fire and a return to finding a political solution.