Originally posted by @metal-brain
If there is no such thing as a good dictator why does our country support so many of them?
Calling Al Qaeda his people is a stretch at best.
Obama armed these so called rebels that are mostly Al-Qaeda. Hardly a rebellion without outside prodding.
I'm not a member of the US government, so its support of certain foreign dictators is irrelevant to my posts.
The Cockburn article, while interesting, does not support in any way a claim that the rebellion against Gaddafi was started by anyone but the Libyan People. Sure some of them were anti-Western, radical jihadists but that does not change the fact they were Libyans. The beginning of the rebellion is well known and was an outgrowth of the "Arab Spring":
On February 15, 2011, antigovernment rallies were held in Banghāzī by protesters angered by the arrest of a human rights lawyer, Fethi Tarbel. The protesters called for Qaddafi to step down and for the release of political prisoners. Libyan security forces used water cannons and rubber bullets against the crowds, resulting in a number of injuries. To counter the demonstrations further, a pro-government rally orchestrated by the Libyan authorities was broadcast on state television.
As the protests intensified, with demonstrators taking control of Banghāzī and unrest spreading to Tripoli, the Libyan government began using lethal force against demonstrators. Security forces and squads of mercenaries fired live ammunition into crowds of demonstrators. Demonstrators also were attacked with tanks and artillery and from the air with warplanes and helicopter gunships.
I suggest you read the rest of the article for further background.
To repeat, I did not support Western military intervention in Libya. However, I will not deny the fact that the rebellion against Gaddafi originated with the Libyan People.