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Libya: ‘U.S. took a back seat’ myth takes another hit as Obama admits Americans flew French jets

By Martin Iqbal | Empire Strikes Black | 7 November 2011

One of the many myths of the Libya war is the claim that the Americans took a ‘back seat’. Discerning observers will acknowledge that U.S. niche capabilities such as Predator drones for bombings and intelligence gathering have played a crucial role. On top of this, political skulduggery on the parts of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have played a huge part in expediting the war, in tandem with CIA assets on the ground since very early on.(1) These factors, coupled with a very revealing recent development, completely blow the ‘back seat’ myth out of the water.

The October 20 assassination of Muammar Gaddafi was preceded by an airstrike on his convoy, which was travelling in the Sirte area. An American Predator drone performed the first strike, with a follow-up attack by French jets.(2) In a revealing November 04 Department of Defense press release,(3) Barack Obama admits that American pilots flew French jets in Libya:

“He noted that American pilots flew French fighter jets off a French carrier in the Mediterranean Sea during the operation. “Allies don’t get any closer than that,” he said.”

Thus, it is highly probable that the airstrike on Muammar Gaddafi’s convoy was an entirely American operation, as were many of the ‘French’ airstrikes on Libya.

This is all the more significant because, as of August 4, French planes had flown a whopping 33% of all strike sorties.(4)

Further underscoring U.S. involvement in the airstrikes on Libya, an October 30 New York Times report(5) finds that American planes flew 25% of all sorties, while ‘French’ and British aircraft provided 33% of total sorties:

“While U.S. planes flew a quarter of all sorties over Libya, France and Britain flew one third of all missions – most of them strikes,”

The notion that the Americans took a ‘back seat’ in the war can now be added to the long list(6) of big lies that have characterised the criminal, genocidal destruction of Libya.


(1) ‘Libya: Barack Obama ‘signed order for CIA to help rebels” – The Telegraph, March 30, 2011
(2) ‘The ‘rebel’ assassination of Muammar Gaddafi: a NATO operation from A to Z’ by Martin Iqbal
(3) ‘Obama: Libya Mission Underscores NATO’s Effectiveness’ – U.S. DoD, November 04, 2011.
(4) ‘National Composition of NATO Strike Sorties in Libya’ – Atlantic Council, August 22, 2011.
(5) ‘NATO’s Success in Libya’ – The New York Times, October 30, 2011.
(6) ‘The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya’ by Maximilian C. Forte.

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  2. Wars of Aggression are War Crimes. The US War Crimes Act of 1996 includes the death penalty. At the very minimum President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must be charged, tried, convicted, and executed in the electric chair.

    However, justice would not be done on that limited scale. The National Security Council includes the other co-conspirators, and since none of resigned, they concurred, and are accordingly subject to the same chair.

    Likewise, House Speaker John Boehner for blocking anti-war house resolutions and other hawks on capitol hill.

    Remembering that a NAZI newspaper editor was hung at Nuremberg for his editorials alone, as an instigator Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes; so is the US corporate mass media, from the boardrooms to the talking heads; indictments, prosecutions, and with convictions; execution by the the electric chair would be lawfully justified.

    I must add that I just came to realize that Norway refused to take part in the unlawful War of Aggression against Libya in June and in July 92 of the sons and daughters of their elected government were assassinated in July by right-winger Anders Behring Breivik. I surmise a connection that must be at least be probed objectively; it is most certainly not beyond the criminality of NATO, the US, nor Israel; individually or collectively!

    Comment by Bill Mitchell | November 9, 2011


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