Carnage inflicted by the US-led bombing campaign against the North African state of Libya. Washington has mobilized a host of other imperialist governments and their allies to plot regime-change in this oil-producing country., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
CIA Operating In Tripoli
US "intelligence" has joined in the search for Muammar Gaddafi, a White House spokesman said in Washington on Thursday.
He said CIA operatives, reconnaissance planes and drones were all being used in the operation. The CIA believes the embattled Libyan leader may be hiding in one of an estimated 40 shelters in the capital Tripoli and elsewhere in the country.
The Americans share the obtained information with the opposition Transitional National Council.
Meanwhile, US congressman Dennis Kucinch also has suggested CIA is playing a role in the rebellion against Gaddafi.
Jack Rice, a journalist and former officer at the CIA himself, says it is not that unlikely at all.
“Let’s be honest,” Rice said to Russia Today. “The CIA is involved in every place that they try to get involved in. They try to be on the ground in every major country in the region.”
“To deny is,” thinks Rice, “would be naive.”
Rice adds, however, that he thinks the relationship the United States has with the Middle East in general is one that is “very schizophrenic.” While the US insists on "spreading democracy", he argues that America often acts hypocritical, saying one thing and doing another. While the US might be pushing for change, how does the country react when it isn’t the change they want?
Despite America’s encouragement for the rebellion against Libyan leader Gaddafi, Rice says the consequences could turn out to be against what the US is actually in favor of. Rice posed the question of what will happen when those looting Gaddafi’s compound walk out with the weaponry and wants to use it to enforce an Islamic rule that goes against what westerners want?
What we can expect, said Rice, is a shadow war typical of America. The US will move into the region and try to control it from the sidelines, hoping that they can install their ideals in a new country with new leadership, without necessarily putting a figurehead in the forefront.