The violence in Libya that claimed the life of the U.S. ambassador was the result of President Obama's decision to intervene in the Libyan revolt without a "true or deep appreciation" for the consequences, former CIA Director (2006-2009) Michael Hayden said yesterday, continuing his recent campaign of speaking out against Obama's policies. "I'm reminded of Secretary of State Powell's comments about Iraq going back almost a decade ago — the 'Pottery Barn' theory that if you break it, you own it," Hayden said in an interview with Newsmax.com.
"Here's a case," Hayden explained, "where we went into Libya for reasons that seemed very powerful for some people at the time, almost all of them humanitarian, perhaps without a true or deep appreciation for what the secondary and tertiary effects of overthrowing Gadhafi would be. This was always the story we saw in those cell phone videos of oppressed and oppressor, but there were other stories going on too, other narratives — East versus West in Libya, tribal disputes in Libya, eastern Libya being home of the Islamic Libyan fighting group. All these subplots were always out there and once you shatter the old society, these subplots become far more powerful and now we are seeing the results of that: loss of control, manned portable air missiles, weapons from Libya being used to grab the northern half of Mali away from the Malian government, which is a good friend of the U.S."
"Now you've got a state, a heavily-armed state in Libya that is armed at the militia and tribal level," Hayden said. "I actually said when we first intervened that we now take on a moral responsibility for the future of the Libyan state and here we are."
"You've got the Russians, with some legitimacy, feeling that the U.N. Security Council resolution on Libya was bait and switch," Hayden declared. "It was never just humanitarian assistance, it was to overthrow the regime, and as for how that affects the Russians, think about Syria." Early last week, Hayden was in Israel, where he cautioned against an attack on Iran, and then on Friday, he gave a speech at the University of Michigan in which he pointed to the continuity between Presidents Bush and Obama on the war on terror, except, he pointed out, targeted killings have increased under Obama.