Qaddafi Sought Exile But Obama Pentagon Ignored Overture

Qaddafi Sought Exile But Obama Pentagon Ignored Overture

avatarWhy Did Obama Ignore Qaddafi’s Exile Proposal?

According to Rear Admiral Charles R. Kubic, U.S. Navy (ret), the day after NATO joined the Libyan revolt in support of the rebels on March 19, 2011, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi sought direct talks with the United States that would result in his exile and an end to Libyan hostilities.  Qaddafi was reportedly prepared to leave Libya to live out his life in some unknown safe haven.

Kubic communicated this information, received directly from Qaddafi’s head of security, up the chain of command to General Carter Ham, Commander of U.S. forces in Africa.  Ham in turn communicated Qaddafi’s proposal to the chain of command at the Pentagon.  The Pentagon did not give Ham permission to pursue peace talks with Qaddafi.

Qaddafi died October 20, 2011 during the Battle of Sirte.  In an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” on October 25, 2011 President Barack Obama said operations in Libya “only cost us a billion dollars” and that no U.S. troops were killed or injured.

Issues:  Why did the Obama Administration ignore Qaddafi’s proposal?  How much money might the United States have saved had the Obama Pentagon pursued Qadafi’s overture?  Most importantly, if the Obama Pentagon had sought a negotiated transfer of power in talks with Qaddafi, might the Benghazi attack of September 11, 2012 had been averted?  –Grizzly Joe

For further details see How America Switched Sides in the War on Terror: An Interim Report by the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi” (at page 22).

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