Jay Nordlinger on Libya

Jay Nordlinger’s latest Impromptu is an excellent analysis over Libya under Qaddafi and their relationship with the United States and its relation to the War on Terror. The money quote:

In March 2003, Qaddafi started some serious talking with the Brits and the Americans about Libya’s WMD programs. Anything special about March 2003? Oh, yes: We were about to go into Iraq. Qaddafi’s mind was concentrated.

You may recall what Qaddafi said to Silvio Berlusconi: Tell the Americans I’ll do anything they want. Just spare me the fate of the Taliban and of Saddam and his family.

Qaddafi’s mind was further concentrated in October 2003. Then, under President Bush’s Proliferation Security Initiative, we seized a Qaddafi-bound ship: the BBC China. (I just love that name.) It was carrying nuclear goodies for the dictator. Qaddafi was a customer of both Mr. Khan and the Norks. By all accounts, our operation was daring and brilliant, as were subsequent moves in and around Libya.

(By the way, Libya’s WMD programs are in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee.)

And then we get to December 2003: That’s when the U.S. dragged Saddam out of his hole. And Qaddafi’s mind was really, really concentrated. Credible reports say he watched the tape of Saddam’s capture for hours — mesmerized. And he threw in the towel. He “turned state’s evidence,” in the words of one U.S. official.

Liberals discount this because they refuse to acknowledge that any good can come of Bush’s Presidency, but the timing is pretty conclusive. Many Christians are fond of saying the God draws straight with crooked lines, and the liberals could view this as one of those times, but their monomaniacal hatred of Bush is too overwhelming for them to see the indisputable good that has come as a result of his presidency. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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