By closing the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya the Obama administration has made a tacit, yet clear admission. The policy of regime change in that country was fatally flawed. The successor to U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens – Deborah Jones – has also been evacuated.
It’s been less than two years since U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was left completely exposed in a Benghazi compound that was 1.) stationed next door to a property home to Ansar al-Sharia; 2.) guarded by a terrorist militia (February 17 Martyrs Brigade); and 3.) denied repeated requests for additional security. Now, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli is being closed:
The United States shut down its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.
“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
This reality clearly demonstrates that the U.S. policy of regime change in Libya was the wrong one, as we maintained long before the fall of Gadhafi. The closure of the embassy in 2014, just two years after Stevens was left exposed on 9/11 in Benghazi – which is far less safe – is proof positive that Libya is not just worse than it was before the fall of Gadhafi; it’s worse now than when Stevens was murdered.