Let’s hope this is the end of tyranny and the beginning of recovery for Libya. (via: kateoplis)
VIDEOS: If you care to see — (linked only because they’re gruesome, click at your own risk):
“To rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months: if Obama were a Republican, he’d be on Mount Rushmore by now.” — Andrew Sullivan
The first rule of GOP Fight Club: never give credit to a Democrat.
THIS DOESN’T LOOK GOOD:
Al Jazeera has uncovered evidence that influential Americans have been trying to help Gaddafi cling to power.
The officials involved are a member of the Congress [Dennis Kucinich] and a former ambassador [David Welch].
The documents were found in the offices of Libyan intelligence building, which was abandoned as Libyan fighters took over Tripoli.
And from Think Progress:
It is unclear exactly what would motivate Welch to help Qaddafi battle the pro-democracy uprising and even his own country, but it should be noted that Welch’s position at Bechtel put him in a spot where he was incentivized to maintain strong business relationships with Libya. Shortly after helping normalize relations between the two countries, Welch became a vice president at Bechtel, overseeing the company’s Middle Eastern operations. Under Welch, the company rapidly expanded in Libya, even setting up its first office in the country since the 1960s.
Also included among the documents that Al Jazeera uncovered was evidence that Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a Libya war foe, had contacts with Qaddafi’s regime and had asked for evidence of corruption or al Qaeda contacts among the rebels.
Wow. Ex-Gaddafi Family Nanny Treated for Horrible Burns — The badly burned former nanny who worked for the Gaddafi family is seen Wednesday at a Tripoli hospital. Shwygar Mullah, 27, said the wife of Gaddafi’s son Hannibal poured boiling water on her for failing to keep a child quiet.
see more — Libya: The Taking of Tripoli
THESE THINGS HAPPEN when a society values one class of people over other classes of people. Thanks to the GOP Teaparty, the USA will get there soon enough.
Jon Stewart discusses the Fox News / CNN feud in Libya:
Jon Stewart: “Kudos to Fox for so quickly putting the crisis into service of their real mission: patriotic self-promotion. Only they can turn, ‘our guy missed the shuttle bus’ into, ‘Fox News alone refuses to play patsy to America’s enemies.’“
Jed Lewison recalls for Karl Rove and the rest of America just how “tough” George W. Bush was on Gaddafi:
So Karl Rove claims that George W. Bush would have been tougher on Muammar Gaddafi than President Obama, who he says seems weak…
To recap: when Bush was president, he repeatedly praised Gaddafi’s leadership, going so far as to say that that Gaddafi had renounced terrorism. Bush restored diplomatic relations with Gaddafi, sent Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to Tripoli in September, 2008, and even signed an executive order giving Gaddafi immunity from lawsuits over the Lockerbie bombing.
The only explanation is that Karl Rove was unconscious during Bush’s presidency — or he’s flat out lying for political gain.
For your consideration:
WAR! Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Gaddafi hit by an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah (Reuters Photo)
“The military action is not about killing Gaddafi. My hope is that what we can do is that we can make sure we can get Gaddafi, we can put him towards the International Criminal Court, and then it will be the International Criminal Court who actually judges him.”
– Danish Defence Minister, Gitte Lillelund Bech (BBC 1003).