June 19, 2014
Democrats and Republicans in the US Congress should hold President Barack Obama responsible for launching an illegal war on Libya and destroying it, instead of playing a political football over the September 2012 Benghazi attack, a political commentator says.
Don DeBar, an anti-war activist and radio host in New York, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday, commenting on the recent arrest of a suspect of the attack on the US diplomatic compound in the Libyan city of Benghazi that left four US diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.
According to CNN, up to 35 CIA operatives were working in Benghazi during the attack on September 11, 2012, but it has never reported how many of them died or injured.
“This incident in September 2012 has been a political football between the Democrats and Republicans of the United States where instead of holding President Barack Obama responsible or culpable for conducting an illegal war, destroying a country, murdering the nominal head of state, [committing] all international war crimes, violation of American and international law, instead of holding him responsible for that, they fight over the killing of the US ambassador, who also apparently was the CIA station chief there during the entire takeover of the country — and several of his aides. That is what the focal point has been,” DeBar said.
“And now that this guy has been grabbed assuming he even had anything to do with it, we are going to be seeing all kind of allegations paraded out here while he is in a condition of complete non-contact with the rest of the world, and everything that comes out from ‘him’ is gonna be controlled heavily by the US military and security forces,” he added.
“You know, there’s a major crime that took place in Libya, which was that the United States and its allies devastated the country, conquering it essentially, and leaving chaos in its wake, that is not being examined whatsoever, instead we have this circus — this is one of the three-rings, I guess, that we are going to see over time — where the Republicans and Democrats can point fingers at each other over an incident that is really nothing but a collateral incident to the devastation of Libya,” DeBar concluded.