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Obama And Clinton Brought Slavery To Libya – OpEd


Nearly every day there is a new report of desperate migrants rescued at sea in the Mediterranean. Some are less fortunate and are among the estimated 12,000 who have died there in the last three years alone. Their point of embarkation is Libya, a nation now a haven for human traffickers because of President Barack Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

Their deliberate destruction of Libya was a war crime by all standards of international law. That country was just one victim of the American plan to eliminate secular governments in the Middle East. Under the guise of a phony “responsibility to protect” and with cover from organizations such as Human Rights Watch, American propaganda gave an atrocity the appearance of a humanitarian act. Now come reports from media and the International Organization for Migration that African migrants are being openly bought and sold in Libya. This practice would not be taking place if Muammar Gaddafi not been murdered by American backed jihadists in 2011.

Obama’s evil success in Libya set off an endless trail of disasters. Libya is a hot bed of ISIS activity along with Iraq and Syria. It is not a coincidence that all three countries were targets of American regime change. Even the American ambassador in Libya fell victim to his government’s machinations in Benghazi.

Obama and Clinton hoped to continue their victory in Syria, but president Assad was stronger than they anticipated. When the Russians proved to be fickle allies who were willing to push Assad under the proverbial bus, Obama and Clinton wouldn’t take yes for an answer. They insisted that Assad had to go and they didn’t care how many Syrians they killed or turned into refugees in the process. Now the bloodshed continues under a new administration.

European countries struggle to contend with the flow of people from Syria and Libya who would be in their homelands were it not for America’s designs on that part of the world. Yet the corporate media say nothing. They may report on the refugee crisis and the migrant crisis without ever stating what is easily provable, that the United States is entirely responsible for the suffering.

There can be no plan for reviving the peace movement that doesn’t include a reckoning of responsibility for the disasters that Obama and Clinton brought to the world. “We came, we saw, he died,” is one of the more memorable Hillary Clinton statements, memorable for all the wrong reasons. Obama knew better than to be so crass, but he privately called Libya a “shit show” as if he were a bystander and not the perpetrator.

While the corporate media make hay out of very dubious evidence of atrocities allegedly committed by the Syrian government, the atrocities caused directly by the American government go unmentioned. Or rather they are reported absent of any context of American responsibility.

Even press reports of slave trading in Libya follow the same proscribed language. They will say that Gaddafi was an autocrat and a dictator, but omit that the humanitarian disaster was carried out by the United States, NATO, and Gulf monarchs. The dismemberment of Libya is one of many crimes that are conveniently shoved down the memory hole.

Now we see the supreme and awful irony. America’s first black president is responsible for slavery taking place in a once prosperous African country and his role is covered up by people who once would have condemned his actions.

Black people defended Muammar Gaddafi if no one else did. American presidents made a show of castigating Gaddafi, calling him crazed, fanatical, dictatorial and mentally ill. Black Americans were unanimous in their support whenever he was attacked, whether militarily or even rhetorically. But that support ended when he fell under Obama’s cross hairs. Barack Obama’s ascendancy to the presidency was a curse on black America’s political heritage.

That curse is unlikely to be lifted anytime soon. There was never a great willingness to point out his wrong doing, and now that the despised Trump is president the selective amnesia grows worse.

The corporate media do not fulfill their most basic obligations. They repeat lies if they are told by people they decide to protect. They hide the truth if it is told by the people they decide to disappear from discourse and from history. But that dissembling should not silence people who put themselves in the anti-war camp. When they read or hear about refugees and migrants dying or being sold as slaves they must state loudly and clearly that Obama and Clinton are the villains in the story.

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Margaret Kimberley

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR (, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)

5 thoughts on “Obama And Clinton Brought Slavery To Libya – OpEd

  • April 24, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Well said. Unfortunately, truth, more often than not, takes the back seat . when politics come in the media protects the administration., The mainstream media always find them selves on the wrong side of history. So directly or indirectly, the Obama administration was responsible for the present day Libyan crisis.
    Bush destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan. Did somebody talked about the destructive roles the Bush administration played? No.
    The mainstream media will remain biased protecting regimes and protecting its wrong doings. This s the reality , and truth will remain buried for ever.

    • December 6, 2019 at 5:10 am

      Americas involvement in the Middle East did not begin with President Obama and Hillary Clinton it began way back when America supported the Shah of Iran and then when he didn’t do what they want him to do pulled the rug after under him so to speak. Has been active in destroying the economies and the welfare and freedom and culture of too many countries in the Middle East and other places for Corporate America has gone on to try to make a profit at the expense of the people. My father was 95 years old when 911 happened. I called him and I asked him what he thought about all of this he said to me daughter America is reaping what it has sound and this day and time in the present state that our country is in I believe this is true.

  • December 6, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Unfortunately this is the sad truth, former President Barack Obama was and is no favorite of mine, everything that I just read is absolutely truth!, Unfortunately all African Americans did not vote for former President Barack Obama. sadly to say I was one of them because I did not want Hillary Clinton in office, however we the African American Muslims knew that president or rather former president Barack Obama, was totally responsible for the massacre that was happening in Libya to Africans in this slave trade war. However what I don’t understand is why didn’t the African government and its military do something? Are they not afraid of the United States? What’s the purpose of them having a military if they don’t defend themselves and its people? We’re responsible for the undeveloped Africa as well!!!! The United States is just like the city of Rome, we will be destroyed not by our enemies but by ourselves within this country!, that will be our defeat…….

    • December 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      All the African countries combined could not nor cannot stand up to the military might of the United States.

  • January 22, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I agree with this version of history, it is part of the Muslim brotherhood plan, to invade westernized countries, the Muslim brotherhood is a terrorist organization and Obama-Clinton helped spread their jahid. I believe President Trump is fully aware of these war crimes and strategies of the Muslim brotherhood, and will make the World a better place for humanity


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