Diana West

Now, I did say "practically." But hey -- what's wrong with Uncle Sucker given a helping hand to a few self-described "Mujahedin" who can't keep their poison for Jews from spraying all over themselves? Certainly, no one in Congress seems to mind. Maybe our representatives got the good word from U.S. ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz, whom the Wall Street Journal recently described as "point man for U.S. contacts with the rebels." Cretz tells us the rebs are totally on top of it, that they actually caught "maybe three or four" members of an al-Qaida affiliate trying to infiltrate.

Phew. That was close. Wish we could thank them -- "heckuva job, rebels" -- only we don't know who the rebels are. Asked about those "flickers" of al-Qaida and Hezbollah among rebel forces, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: "We do not have any specific information about specific individuals from any organization who are part of this, but of course, we're still getting to know those who are leading the Transitional National Council. And that will be a process that continues."

Not to worry; the president doesn't. "So far, they're saying the right things," President Barack Obama said Tuesday on "CBS Evening News" when asked about Libyan opposition leaders.

And how. They even issued a "vision statement," which, according to the Guardian uses all the right words: "transparent," "empowerment," "tolerance," "green" ...


No "flickers" of jihad, but plenty of concern for the environment. Uh-huh.

Any flickers of intelligence in the minds of our leaders?

Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).