Jordan Candler / Feb. 22, 2016

Islamic State Grows in Libya

But Obama refuses to authorize airstrikes.

Trying to destroy terrorist organizations is like trying to purge a yard of fire ants. Pouring pesticides over a colony’s mound may temporarily disrupt the fire ants, but the problem is that unless the queen is killed the mounds don’t really go away; they merely get relocated. Thus, the ants’ numbers and areal domain multiply. The same concept applies to terrorist safe havens. Whatever progress is being made against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is being countered elsewhere such as in Libya. There, militants have quickly capitalized on the power vacuum created in the wake of the unsuccessful Arab Spring and Barack Obama’s smart power flubbed foreign policy.

ISIL’s growth in Africa has U.S. military officials increasingly worried, as reported in a weekend New York Times piece, “U.S. Scrambles to Contain Growing ISIS Threat in Libya.” According to the report: “Even as American intelligence agencies say the number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria has dropped to about 25,000 from a high of about 31,500, partly because of the United States-led air campaign there, the group’s ranks in Libya have roughly doubled in the same period, to about 6,500 fighters. … Islamic State leaders in Syria are telling recruits traveling north from West African nations like Senegal and Chad, as well as others streaming up through Sudan in eastern Africa, not to press on to the Middle East. Instead, they are being told to stay put in Libya. American intelligence officials, who described the recent orders from Islamic State leaders, say the organization’s immediate goal is to carve out a new caliphate in Libya, and there are signs the affiliate is trying to establish statelike institutions there.”

Obama acted too late and too softly in Iraq and Syria, which allowed ISIL to spread elsewhere. And in Libya, even airstrikes appear off limits for now. Last Thursday reporter Nancy A. Youssef revealed, “Despite the growing threat from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Libya, the Obama administration has turned down a U.S. military plan for an assault on ISIS’s regional hub there, three defense officials told The Daily Beast. … The airstrikes would target ISIS resources while a small band of Special Operations Forces would train Libyans to eventually be members of a national army, the officials said. … But those plans have since been put on the back burner. ‘There is little to no appetite for that in this administration,’ one defense official explained.” Eradicating terrorism calls for more than a tepid response. Our next president will now face a problem that’s been multiplied.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.