The man behind the terrorist attack on the United States embassy in Libya was labeled an “ally of sorts” by Barack Obama
This is a story that I have been meaning to get to for a few days, but with my workload in recent days it had slipped through the cracks.
With our federal government finally admitting that the attack on the Libyan embassy was a terrorist attack and not simply a peaceful protest infiltrated by radical Jihadists, it is time to look at who led the attack. (I believe the Egyptian protest was a feigning maneuver designed to distract from the real attack.)
It is now believed that the man who led the al Qaeda attack on the embassy was Sufyan Ben Qumu; a former GITMO detainee who was released under President Bush and handed over to the Libyan government.
The back story can be read here, but it goes something like this: Sufyan Ben Qumu teamed up with Osama bin Laden, joined the Taliban, and was eventually captured in Pakistan. He was turned over to the United States government and sent to GITMO before being turned over to the Libyan government under President Bush because he was promised the United States would have access to him if they needed any intelligence from him. But in 2008 Qaddafi decided to let him go. Who didn’t see that one coming?
This man should still be rotting in GITMO with all of the other terrorists there who Barack Obama didn’t release when he broke his promise to close the prison, but George Bush decided to trust Mommar Qaddafi and he was turned over to Libya.
As troubling as it is that President Bush handed this man over to a government which did not deserve our trust, the story gets even worse because Barack Obama upgraded Qumu from a ‘medium to high risk’ individual who likely posed a threat to the United States to an “ally of sorts.”
Did Qumu suddenly have an epiphany which led Barack Obama to think he was a changed man before he led the attack on the United States embassy in Libya?
No, not quite. It wasn’t Qumu who softened his position (as we now know) it was Barack Obama who softened the United States’ position:
What made him an ally? According to the Times, that status change was due to the Obama administration’s “remarkable turnabout resulting from shifting American policies rather than any obvious change in Mr. Qumu.
It appears as if this was part of Barack Obama’s plan of Middle East appeasement and outreach which led to the Arab Spring, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Libya, and ultimately to the attack on the embassy in Libya. Barack Obama thought that by softening the stand of the United States in the Middle East that it would gain America standing on the world stage because it would show that he wasn’t like the others that come before him. What he saw as an olive branch our enemy saw as weakness and they took advantage of that weakness.