Saturday, March 05, 2011

Under Bush, Gadhafi was 'rehabilitated'

Once again, Neocon America is having another of their little memory lapses, forgetting that under George W. Bush, Col. Moammar Gadhafi was fully rehabilitated and declared an ally in our War on Terror.

In 2004, Bush lifted the economic sanctions on Libya and official relations were resumed. In September 2006, the Bush State Department restored full diplomatic relations with Libya and removed them from the list of nations supporting terrorism.

Upon final payment of the Lockerbie weregelt, on Oct. 31, 2008, Bush signed Executive Order 13477 restoring the Libyan government's immunity from terror-related lawsuits and dismissing all pending compensation cases in the U.S. On Sept. 5, 2008, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Libya and met with Gadhafi, the first visit to Libya by a U.S. Ssecretary of state since 1953. And, in January 2009, Ali Suleiman Aujali presented his credentials to still President Bush as Ambassador of Libya. Rehabilitation accomplished.

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