Five years ago today, Muammar Qaddafi was killed. At the time, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her delight. On television
, she told an interviewer, “We came, we saw, he died.” She literally laughed as she said this. Her smile was enormous.
Yet today, that delight has surely been replaced by consternation, as Libya has descended into seemingly permanent chaos and violence, a home to extreme elements of all kinds and, in most respects, a disaster for the region, America, and the world.
Why in the world was it so important to unseat Qaddafi?
We were told it was for “humanitarian” reasons. But was this the real motive behind what was essentially a military intervention?
Virtually alone among news organizations — from the mainstream to the so-called “alternative” outfits — WhoWhatWhyraised this question.
And we believe we answered it. We pointed out what should never be forgotten by any serious news organization — or by the public: that foreign policy is almost always rooted in economic self-interest. Libya was absolutely no exception.
Because of our persistent probing of such issues, no lesser journalist than Bill Moyers turned to our site for understanding of the situation. In an interview with the History News Network site, I am proud to report that Moyers said: “One journalist who continues to pay attention to the back-story in Libya, by the way, is the muckraker Russ Baker on his site Who, What, Why. I read him daily.”
If you’d like to catch up on what you couldn’t get elsewhere — and what has still not been revealed elsewhere — here is a selection of articles we ran at the time.
With the likelihood of Hillary Clinton’s ascension to the White House, now might be a good time to study such matters, and to think about what she learned from this experience — and what the country might learn.
Related front page panorama photo credit: Adopted by WhoWhatWhy from oil derricks (Jim Hickcox / Flickr – CC BY-NC 2.0) and Hillary Clinton (FederalJacktube6 / YouTube)