Hillary’s infamous eulogy for Muammar Qaddafi will follow her to the end of time.
The White House Sunday evening condemned a video purportedly showing a mass execution of Ethiopian Christians in Libya by terrorists affiliated with Islamic State.
“We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens,” National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. “That these terrorists killed these men solely because of their faith lays bare the terrorists’ vicious, senseless brutality.”
In the video released Sunday, Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
The release of the 29-minute video comes a day after Afghanistan’s president blamed the extremists for a suicide attack in his country that killed at least 35 people — and underscores the chaos gripping Libya after its 2011 civil war and the killing of dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
How did we get to this appalling state?
“It is a time-limited, scope-limited military action” – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
-“Kinetic military action” – Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhode
-“Limited and well-defined mission in support of international efforts to protect civilians and prevent a humanitarian disaster.” – Obama told lawmakers in a letter
-“To use america’s unique capabilities to create the conditions for the no-fly zone and assist meeting urgent humanitarian needs.” -Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
-“Preventing an imminent humanitarian crisis in Libya.”- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
How’s that working out?
Under Bush, America won in Iraq, then lost it, then won it again. Two-and-one is a winning record, but that’s not how you read it in the newspapers. Today, Libya is an outright loss, as is Iraq (again), Syria, Yemen—and Afghanistan is re-re-slipping away.
Obama may be moving toward something resembling a doctrine. One of his advisers described the President’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.” That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding.
We’re “leading from behind” while Christians (and US diplomatic personnel) are losing their heads. The sick jokes practically make themselves.