Sunday, March 13, 2005


Hat tip to Hugh Hewitt

From the LA Times (free sub req) - Mar 13, 05 - The Deal to Disarm Kadafi - subhead: Libya's decision to hand over its banned weapons followed lengthy talks and an equipment seizure. Some see ideas for dealing with Iran.

Some quotes from the article:

In recent interviews, participants in the three-way talks have provided the most detailed description yet of the events leading up to Libya's announcement, which marked a historic shift for what was considered an outlaw regime as it tried to win back its place within the world community.

Officials still disagree about exactly why Kadafi gave up the programs. Some information supports President Bush's contention that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and the broader U.S. doctrine of pre-emptive strikes forced the Libyan leader to act.

The Bush administration lifted most restrictions on Libya and resumed diplomatic relations last summer.

Officials said they hoped Kadafi's decision would send a message to Iran, which the U.S. accuses of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

"We wanted to show other countries that there was a way out," said a U.S. diplomat based in Europe.

The article is quite good and has some info that shows talks had been going on for years. Even back to the Clinton admin.


There is always a big BUT.

Nowhere in the article does it credit Geo. Bush with Kadafi's own words, "I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid." From Washington Times

What is it with this communist rag? Did they just forget about that statement or purposefully spike it?

I wouldn't use the LAT to line a bird cage. It would indoctrinate the bird.