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Libyan Islamists Party in U.S. Embassy Pool

As bad photo ops go, this one is hard to beat: Libyan Islamists gave a tour of the U.S. embassy’s residential annex in Tripoli, and even dove into its swimming pool (pictures here).  The AP reports:

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group, Moussa Abu-Zaqia, told the AP that his forces had been guarding the residential compound since last week, a day after it has seized control of the capital and its international airport after weeks of fighting with a rival militia. Abu-Zaqia said the rival militia from Zintan was in the compound before his troops took it over.

Some windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched. The AP journalist saw treadmills, weight benches and protein bars in the compound’s abandoned gym. Forks, knives and napkins set for a banquet sat on one table, while a cantina still had cornflakes, vinegar, salt and pepper sitting out.

Another Dawn of Libya commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to speak by his leaders, told the AP that the U.S. Embassy, about a kilometer (half a mile) away, also was under guard by his militiamen.

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya says the video of the pool party was shot in the residential quarters, but that the embassy’s chancery remains protected:

[Ambassador] Deborah Jones said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy’s residential annex, though she said she couldn’t “say definitively” since she wasn’t there.

“To my knowledge & per recent photos the US Embassy Tripoli chancery & compound is now being safeguarded and has not been ransacked,” she wrote on Twitter. She did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate. State Department officials in Washington also declined to immediately comment. […]

It remains unclear who the U.S. left in control of guarding its facilities after its personnel evacuated under military escort on July 26.

We continue to give thanks that our country is led by wise and compassionate people whose determination to do good in the world is matched only by their deep understanding of local conditions in so many countries around the world. How grateful Libyans must be to human rights luminaries like Samantha Power, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, who saved them from that dreadful bloodbath they once faced.

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  • Maynerd

    Don’t forget Obama is taking the long view. He’s got this.

    But just in case there are still no worries. The NYT’s and Obama drones in the media will continue to look the other way.

  • Andrew Allison

    You overlooked the éminence grise in this (mal)administration, Valerie Jarrett, born in Iran to African American parents.

    • Anthony

      What has Valerie’s birth or parentage have to do with anything (by the way, she has long distinctive American ancestry).

      • Andrew Allison

        Since you ask, it seems at least possible, if not probable that (like the President), her world view is formed by her heritage and, may not reflect the values and interests of the other 87% of the population.

        • Anthony

          You know nothing about her and very little about… (I’m done, comment as you will).

          • Corlyss

            Well, we do know SOME things about her . . .

          • Anthony

            Implies special pleading (partial and inconsistent application of…).

      • Corlyss

        Well, if you don’t like examining nature or nurture, how’s about training? She is so well connected by dint of her parents’ influence in Chicago that the only jobs she ever had before she attached herself to Doofus like a succubus were sinecures intended to conceal from her the monumental extent of her incompetence. Daley finally had to fire her, she was so hopelessly unteachable! The Chicago Way, don’t ya know.

        • Anthony

          Ad hominem and selective biography leads to self confirmation – her antecedents go past her mother and father (and as I’ve told you before she’s a personal friend but in this case that has no bearing). On this, let’s end this thread.

          • Corlyss

            Don’t be tediously erudite, Tony. It’s not ad hominem when it’s true and bears directly on the matter at hand, i.e. Her qualifications for the job she holds. Her only real qualifications that she knows how to handle Obama and he likes the way she does it.

          • f1b0nacc1

            You should know better than to engage this one…he fires off a few comments, then says “let’s end this” when he finds himself hopelessly out of his depth

          • Anthony

            Only poster out of his depth around here is he of hedgehog inclination and adverse to non party line. My man you can oppose without animus (and yes I know this post is a month old but I stumbled upon unprovoked character smear and chose to respond). Oh by the way, “let’s end this”.

  • Pete

    What’s next, these Arabs availing themselves of our previous embassy’s toilet paper?

  • Sgt. O’Neil

    Two related examples of what it’s like to have zero credibility on important foreign policy issues:

  • Corlyss

    I get a big chuckle out of hearing Pat Caddell, former Dem pollster refer to Doofus’ team of “advisors” (that would be Val and ‘Chelle) as “a bunch of clowns.” Even though I think clowns are a repulsive lot, I have to say I think that’s an insult to clowns everywhere. At least they are professionals of a craft. Those two dominatrices aren’t even good enough to be called amateurs!

  • Corlyss

    The administration is putting out that they are friendly thugs, not ISIS- related. Gosh! I feel soooooooooooooo much better about who’s making fools of my country.

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