Tanker Raid

U.S. forces seize tanker carrying oil from Libya rebel port
The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt transits the Strait of Gibraltar February 27, 2014

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – U.S. special forces have seized a tanker that fled with a cargo of oil from a Libyan port, the U.S. Department of Defense said on Monday, halting an attempt by rebels to sell petroleum on the global market.

Convergence of the Twain

Column: Why American foreign policy is headed for disaster
Iceberg

Over the last several weeks, reading news of disorder and upheaval from Venezuela to the Levant to Ukraine to Iraq to Afghanistan, I have thought often of a poem written almost a century ago. Thomas Hardy composed “The Convergence of the Twain” in memory of the sinking of the Titanic. It was published in 1915, three years after the great ship made contact with the deadly iceberg, but reading it today one cannot help experiencing its timelessness, cannot help sharing in its tragic sense of fate.

U.S. to Train Libyan Military, Including Islamists

Socom chief warns counterterrorism training will be risky
Ansar al Shariah supporters protest the U.S. capture of one of the terror group's leaders. / AP

Simi Valley, Calif. — The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Adm. William McRaven, the commander who helped lead the covert raid to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said in a brief interview Saturday that the counterterrorism training operation has not begun. “We’re in the early stages,” he told the Free Beacon.