Is America Helping Al Qaeda Take Over Syria?

Reading Time: 10 minutes The United States and its allies have been so eager to remove the Assad regime in Syria that they’ve enabled some extreme elements to move into the void. Could the Western strategy in Syria result in the displacement of a secular regime with elements of Al Qaeda?

Syria: We Can Learn a Lot From the “Small Stuff”

Reading Time: 6 minutes Really interesting material on Syria flies by, largely unnoticed and unremarked upon. Here’s a grab bag of potentially consequential items from the past couple of months.

War, Syrian Style? Has Assad Ordered Mass Rapes?

Reading Time: 12 minutes As pressure grows for military intervention in Syria, we are now hearing that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is behind alleged widespread rape in his country. Didn’t we hear the same thing about Muammar Qaddafi, followed by mounting Western calls for his ouster? As before, when you read the fine print, it gets more complicated.

Burying the “Lockerbie Bomber”—And the Truth

Reading Time: 7 minutes Everyone’s in a hurry to say goodbye to the “Lockerbie bomber,” the man convicted of bombing Pan Am 103. But a closer look is warranted—as usual—when the stakes are so high. Was Libya really behind the atrocity, or was some other country or element involved?

WhoWhatWhy’s Libya Primer: The (Still) Untold Back Story to Qaddafi’s Demise

Reading Time: < 1 minute And so begins the deluge of “coverage” on the end of Muammar Qaddafi. But will you learn anything substantive about how and why he met his end? Don’t bet on it. However, at WhoWhatWhy, we’ve been providing fresh and unique reporting and analysis about Libya and the West’s murky role over there, from the beginning. If you haven’t been reading us, here’s your chance to catch up. And feel free to share with others.

The Libya Secret: How West Cooked Up “People’s Uprising”

Reading Time: 18 minutes Forget the “humanitarian crisis” that justified the NATO bombing that helped destroy Qaddafi’s regime. It was always about oil and other strategic issues. And the rebels were a wholly owned subsidiary of West, Inc. Here’s the evidence.

Kerry and McCain Unite Behind the Mysteriously Urgent Libya Mission

Reading Time: 3 minutes The desperate effort to depose Qaddafi has some new, credible supporters. John Kerry and John McCain give the curious Libyan mission-creep some added muscle. But like the administration, they don’t want to tell us the real reason this is so important.

WhoWhatWhy Factchecks the Media: More Questions About the Libyan Sex Atrocity Reporting

Reading Time: 6 minutes While the eyes of the US and the world were on Anthony’s wiener, a second salacious story, with far greater potential consequences, began making the rounds. It’s a doozy: Libyan madman Qaddafi ordering his troops to commit mass rape, and dispensing Viagra to ramp up the damage. Even the BBC is rushing into this one. But is it true? New doubts—and new reckless reporting.

Did Qaddafi Really Order Mass Rapes? Or is the West Falling Victim to a Viagra-strength Scam?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Pro-invasion elements are whipping up new hysteria against Qaddafi. Now, it’s that he personally ordered hundreds of rapes by troops backing him. Think about it: would that be a wise course of action for someone who needs sympathetic opinion domestically (and internationally) now, more than ever? Who’s fact-checking this headline-making story? No one, it seems.

Libya: Connect the Dots-You Get a Giant Dollar Sign

Reading Time: 12 minutes Finally, if you look hard enough, you can start seeing the back story to the urgency to remove Qaddafi. It’s an ugly story—and all the ugliness is not on Qaddafi’s side, not by a long shot.

How Do You Support Your Troops—Regular, Special or Super?

Reading Time: 7 minutes On Memorial Day, there’s a lot of talk about “supporting our troops” and “honoring our dead.” But one thing is left out of the discussion—the real story behind why they die.

Take the Quiz: Qaddafi & Immelt–Good or Bad?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here’s a quiz: Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi: Good or bad? How about GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt? Here are your answers, straight from the top: Qaddafi, way bad. And Immelt? Good guy, business and civic leader. Should be a key adviser to the president. On Qaddafi, we already knew he was a bad Read More

Qaddafi, Bush And The Iraq Big Lie

Reading Time: 2 minutes While the US government expresses outrage over the brutality of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi toward his own people, we’re missing a complex but significant wrinkle that ties Qaddafi to America’s cover-up of the true path to war in Iraq.

In May, 2009, a man named Ibn Shaikh al-Libi supposedly committed suicide while being held in a Libyan jail. Al-Libi is a deeply, deeply interesting fellow. Back in 2002, he was tortured by Egypt under US direction. It appears that the reason the US government had him tortured was not to stop some imminent attack on the United States, but to generate alleged—and false— links between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein that could justify invading Iraq.