Column: Can Anyone Save Libya?
WASHINGTON – Libya’s future looked promising after its dictator was overthrown nearly three years ago.
But its recent history has been chaotic, with a succession of weak prime ministers at the mercy of militias more loyal to regions, ideologies and individuals rather than to a central government in Tripoli.
In recent days, however, a new would-be savior, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, has been gathering support from secular forces and, it appears, from the governments of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
On Wednesday, the United States ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, appeared to endorse Hifter, a defector from Moammar Gadhafi’s army who spent 20 years in northern Virginia.
“I am not going to come out and condemn blanketly what he did,” she told an audience at the Stimson Center in Washington.
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