Tags: bolton | alqaida | libya | obama

Bolton: New Libya Could Become al-Qaida Bastion

Monday, 22 Aug 2011 01:13 PM

By Martin Gould

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could have been removed from power months ago, but the lack of leadership in the White House prevented it, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton charged on Monday.

“If NATO did what it did this weekend, the question is why didn’t we do it five months ago?” he asked during an interview on Fox News. “Had NATO acted swiftly and decisively we would have reduced the huge terror of this five-months-long war.”

Bolton was answering a question on whether the U.S. could be proud of what it had done to help the rebels in the north African nation. “Unfortunately we can’t be as proud of it as we would like to be ,” he said.

The reason for the delay in toppling the Gadhafi regime, he said was down to one thing – “lack of presidential leadership.”

“Clearly France and Britain couldn’t carry this on their own,” he said.

“NATO is the United States and always has been and when we stepped back after the first few days we left our NATO allies adrift and that’s one reason why it took five months to get to this point.”

But Bolton said it is now clear that Gadhafi’s reign of terror is over. “I don’t see how he gets back to power. The question now is how bloody the exit is going to be. Both he and other bitter enemies still loyal to him could make it very bloody indeed.”

He said he was encouraged by a statement made by a member of the country’s Transitional Council that the new Libya will be a modern Islamic nation that respects human rights.

“I hope that’s what they are able to do,” he said. “But NATO itself said some months ago there were al-Qaida elements among the rebel forces and one likely scenario is a struggle among different rebel leaders to see who will emerge as the leaders of the post-Gadhafi regime.

“We have a big stake in that,” he added. “We obviously want pro-western believers in a free society, not radical Islamists, to take control.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved