“Scumbag Woodstock”

How’s that Libyan intervention working out? Here’s one evaluation, reported by Eli Lake at The Daily Beast:

An American counter-terrorism official used a different metaphor to describe the situation. “Libya today plays host to members and associates of several AQ-allied groups, in some ways becoming a jihadist melting pot,” this official told The Daily Beast. “These groups haven’t united under the same banner, but the ad hoc links and intermittent cooperation among them are worrisome, especially as some of these groups have made no secret of their desire to conduct attacks beyond Libya’s borders.”

An unnamed military contractor quoted by Mr. Lake describes today’s Libya as “scumbag Woodstock”.

Instability is not our friend and I believe we should be more cautious before embracing it.

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Over the years Dave Schuler has worked as a martial arts instructor, a handyman, a musician, a cook, and a translator. He's owned his own company for the last thirty years and has a post-graduate degree in his field. He comes from a family of politicians, teachers, and vaudeville entertainers. All-in-all a pretty good preparation for blogging. He has contributed to OTB since November 2006 but mostly writes at his own blog, The Glittering Eye, which he started in March 2004.


  1. Cd6 says:

    “Scumbag Woodstock” that’s what I call it when Obamas cabinents meets in te Oval Office OMG LOL That’s a burn folks

    Somebody get some topical ointment
    apply directly to burned area

    Seriously though, Libya is a complete failure
    Unlike the glorious success that is Iraq

    Bush / bush ’16

  2. al-Ameda says:


    Seriously though, Libya is a complete failure
    Unlike the glorious success that is Iraq

    Maybe Halliburton can fix Libya?

  3. dazedandconfused says:

    “American counter terrorism officials” know how precarious their employment situation is too. When one of them says “no real big danger at the moment”, know that The Rapture is nigh.

    If we were thinking of nation building we would have gone in there. This was a coalition of odd bedfellows who simply did not want to go through another round of “bad Gaddhafi”, which was pretty damn bad. The Arab Spring was probably a terrible thing to happen to Libya. The old man was mellowing out and at least one of his sons appeared sane, but it is what it is. Those people rose up . He would have slaughtered them, and there would have been “instability”.

  4. MarkedMan says:

    Enhanced interrogation = Torture
    Military Contractor = Mercenary

    Look to the source

  5. wr says:

    Funny, from what I’ve read about the former Blackwater, the phrase “scumbag Woodstock” would fit a lot of those companies as well.

  6. bill says:

    ahh, the arab spring wasn’t “all that” after all i guess? it’s gotta really suck when glenn beck was right about something!?