Gadhafi: We'll Shoot Down Passenger Jets

Reagan called him “the mad dog of the Middle East”. Under George W. Bush and his affirmative action picanninni Condoleeza Rice he was paid compensation for a daughter he never had and became our business partner.

“We’ll shoot down passenger jets”

We should trust him on that; its not that he hasn’t done it before. Lets give this guy another human rights award and let him speak at the United Nations!

On the other hand, supporting the opposition might not be such a great idea either:

U.S. sending ships to aid Libyan Islamic supremacists

The fact that Gaddafi is a reprehensible human being and no friend of the U.S. does not automatically turn his opponents into Thomas Paine. “U.S. to deploy more ships to support Libya planning,” by Phil Stewart for Reuters, March 18 via JW

Gaddafi Teachable Moment: Libya Responds to UN Action by Declaring a Cease-Fire — And Then Firing on Rebels  (that’s exactly what ‘hudna’ means.)

(NEWSER)  via ZIP– Moammar Gadhafi is not taking the UN resolution authorizing military attacks against him well. Last night, his defense ministry warned that Libya might retaliate against “any foreign military act” by attacking “all air and maritime traffic in the Mediterranean Sea” as well as “civilian and military” facilities, the Telegraph reports. Meanwhile, son Seif al-Islam played good cop, appearing to tell Christiane Amanpour of ABC News that Libya would release its captive New York Times journalists.

In Seif’s telling, Libyans view the French, British, and Arab League as their enemies, but “for the first time in modern history, they like the Americans and are happy with America.” When asked about the journalists, he said, “You know, they entered the country illegally … and they arrest her because you know foreigners in this place. But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that she will be free tomorrow.”


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  1. American Official Warns That Qaddafi May Lash Out With New Terrorist Attacks


    The United States is bracing for possible Libyan-backed terrorist attacks, President Obama’s top counterterrorism official said on Friday.

    The official, John O. Brennan, said that the military attacks on civilians ordered in recent days by Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, coupled with his track record as a sponsor of terrorism, had heightened worries within the administration as an international coalition threatens military action against Libya.

    Asked if American officials feared whether Colonel Qaddafi could open a new terrorism front, Mr. Brennan said: “Qaddafi has the penchant to do things of a very concerning nature. We have to anticipate and be prepared for things he might try to do to flout the will of the international community.”

    Among the threats the United States is focusing on is Libya’s stockpile of deadly mustard gas, he said.

    Mr. Brennan spoke to reporters after addressing the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School in Manhattan. The center is named for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr., who died in 1997 and was no relation to Mr. Brennan.

    After renouncing its nascent nuclear weapons program in 2003, and enjoying a brief interlude as Washington’s partner in combating Al Qaeda’s branch in North Africa, Libya has reverted to its status as a pariah government whose intelligence operatives blew up Pan Am Flight 103 above Scotland in 1988.

    Mr. Brennan acknowledged that the political turmoil in the Middle East in the past three months had breached or weakened counterterrorism cooperation among some Arab countries. But he added that the United States had taken unspecified steps in recent months to offset its losses in that area. Among those steps may be more electronic eavesdropping, spy satellite coverage and more informants on the ground, independent intelligence specialists said.

    “We’ve been able to weather some of these storms, but clearly there have been effects,” he said. “We need to work hard to ensure that the cooperation that existed before with certain countries continues.”

    Mr. Brennan declined to provide details of what the United States was doing or which countries it was focusing on, but it is no secret that American spy agencies have worked closely with counterparts in countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen.

    “When politics change, frequently security and intelligence services that are dedicated to thwarting transnational terrorist groups, they remain largely unaffected because their focus is on those elements that are trying to undermine the security and stability of the country,” Mr. Brennan said.

    He said American spy services and law enforcement agencies had worked with some Arab counterparts in recent weeks to disrupt terrorist plots that allied officials had been tracking even before the political tumult in the region boiled over. He said a number of jailed terrorism suspects or sympathizers in those countries who had been released or escaped in the recent chaos had been “rounded up and brought back.”

    But not all. Egypt’s governing military council released the younger brother of Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda’s second in command, from prison on Thursday after holding him for a decade on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the government.

    Asked about the release of this prominent prisoner, Mr. Brennan barely disguised his frustration with Egyptian military officials. “I’m concerned if any individual who is involved in terrorism is released either intentionally or as a result of the lack of security,” he said.

    Any terrorism threat from Colonel Qaddafi would join a regional roster that includes affiliates of Al Qaeda in Yemen and North Africa, which may seek to carve out a safe haven in Libya’s south. “Al Qaeda has a demonstrated track record of trying to exploit political vacuums, political change or uncertainty in a number of countries,” Mr. Brennan said. “The situation in Libya now will be no exception.”

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