Just on a hunch I googled “Libya oil”:
“Oil reserves in Libya are the largest in Africa and the ninth largest in the world.”
No surprise at all.
The US does not bomb people in order to help them politically, nor to protect US civilians from “terrorism”. Civilians are not a valuable commodity. They do bomb people to get oil, aka “the black gold”, and for no other reason in recent history as far as I can tell.
“The Afghanistan oil pipeline project was finally able to proceed in May 2002. This could not have happened if America had not taken military action to replace the government in Afghanistan.”
“President Bush’s Cabinet agreed in April 2001 that ‘Iraq remains a destabilising influence to the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East’ and because this is an unacceptable risk to the US ‘military intervention’ is necessary.”
I must be getting really paranoid. I googled “Vietnam oil” too, and found these:
“Herbert Hoover, later to become President of the United States did a study that showed that one of the world’s largest oil fields ran along the coast of the South China Sea right off French Indo-China, now known as Vietnam. – Denny, Ludwell, We Fight of Oil, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1928.”
“US analyst Ludwell Denny in his book “We Fight for Oil” noted the domestic oil shortage and says international diplomacy had failed to secure any reliable foreign sources of oil for the United States. Fear of oil shortages would become the most important factor in international relations, Denny said.
“That empire in Southeast Asia is the last major resource area outside the control of any one of the major powers of the globe….I believe that the condition of the Vietnamese people, and the direction in which their future may be going, are at this stage secondary, not primary.” (Senator McGee, D-Wyo., in the U.S. Senate, Feb. 17, 1965) ”
So, while I remain very ignorant, it’s clear enough to me that oil is more of a concern to the US war-makers than “terrorism” or “communism”.
Iraq, Afghanistan, perhaps Vietnam, and now Libya: wars for oil.