Target: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Goal: Hold Congressional inquiry into the 2011 airstrike campaign in Libya.
In 2011, a U.S.-led NATO coalition bombed Libya for several months, destabilizing the country and opening it up to terrorist organizations. An 11-hour trial was recently held to address the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya’s city of Benghazi, without mention of the U.S.’ failed mission in the country. After leaving a country in ruins, the least the U.S. government can do is recognize their transgressions. Without this recognition, the United States will repeat its missteps.
In 2011, Libya was ruled by an oppressive and violent dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi was, without doubt, unwanted by his people and an impediment to their freedoms. A civil war broke out and NATO intervened in support of the rebels. The bombing campaign that ensued was seen as a foreign policy success for the Obama Administration and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Obama continued the U.S. military campaign in Libya without legislative support.
NATO eventually got rid of Gaddafi and that’s where its success ended. Since then America has cut staff in Libya and failed to provide any training or support to their security forces. As the civil war rages, Libya has become flooded with terrorist organizations and rival militant groups. Hundreds of thousands of Libyans have been displaced; many have had to risk their lives in the hands of smugglers while trying to seek refuge. Benghazi’s streets are filled with violence, debris, blackouts and suicide bombings. Its public schools are closed and its people are hopeless.
Libya happens to house massive oil reserves, one of the many parallels it has with Iraq. As with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Libya didn’t just get freed of a dictator but also lost all form of government. In both cases, the countries were left in shambles and are now being taken over by terrorist groups.
Congress has directed their resources in scandalizing Hillary Clinton over Benghazi instead of focusing on the real issues. Demand that the U.S. publicly recognize their mistakes in Libya and examine the situation so that necessary reform in foreign policy can take place.
Dear Ms. Pelosi,
Congress has held numerous hearings on the attack of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the most recent one lasting 11 hours. Currently, the city of Benghazi is in total ruins and regions of it have been taken over by extremist groups. Congress has failed to examine the United States’ role in the Libyan Civil War that has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians. Congressional time and taxpayer money shouldn’t be spent grilling Hillary Clinton over unsubstantiated claims. The focus should be placed in recognizing apparent foreign policy failures and resolving them.
The U.S.-led NATO airstrikes in Libya dissolved its government, allowing terrorists–who pose more of a threat than Gaddafi did–to take over. Libya is considered a failed state and its civilians are living through a humanitarian catastrophe. There has been an estimated 4,000 civilian casualties since 2014 according to the Libya Body Count project. Official figures cannot be observed due to the chaos and dangers in the region.
The U.S. involvement in Libya and Iraq has led to similar consequences. The American government must stop repeating these dire blunders. I urge you to please hold a Congressional inquiry into the 2011 Libya airstrikes so that the U.S. can hold accountability and make improved foreign policy decisions in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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