Gaddafi son the new Baghdad Bob?

posted at 12:00 pm on February 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

ABC News gives us a refresher course on the weird, weird world of Moammar Gaddafi this morning as fighting in Libya continues. The liberation of the eastern part of the country allowed access to one of Gaddafi’s presidential palaces, and Libyans might find the dictator’s reading choices illuminating. Like more than one brutal dictator, Gaddafi seemed obsessed with the occult, with books on witchcraft lining the shelves. But the public oddities already known hinted at this already, and as this report finally states, the strangeness of Gaddafi was almost certainly strategic as well:

Had Gaddafi been just another mundane Arab strongman — say, like Ben-Ali in neighboring Tunisia –he might never have garnered the kind of media attention and following that helped entrench him in power. Ben-Ali did all right, too, but the Tunisian dictator never made himself into a leader of pan-Arabism the way Gaddafi did. Before Saddam Hussein’s military might eclipsed Libya, Gaddafi made himself into the Arab rallying point, and well before Iran became an exporter of terror, Gaddafi was aggressively supporting international terrorism for socialist Arab ambitions.

The global media focused more on Gaddafi’s quirks than his crimes, at least until now, and it’s hard to say that Gaddafi didn’t plan that as a strategy all along … even if it turns out that he was more mad than quirky all along.

Perhaps it runs in the family, too. Christiane Ammanpour interviewed Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who appears to be honing a Baghdad Bob impression:

In an exclusive interview with “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi and one of his chief advisers, insisted Libya was calm, the military has not attacked any civilians and reports of Libyan diplomats abandoning their posts were simply a ‘miscommunication.’

There was a “big, big gap between reality and the media reports,” Gadhafi told Amanpour. “The whole south is calm. The west is calm. The middle is calm. Even part of the east.”

Saif says the family won’t leave Libya, and scoffed at Barack Obama’s declaration of sanctions, which is to be expected. But Saif offered this very strange rebuttal to Obama’s declaration that any government that has to open fire on its own populace to remain in power has lost all legitimacy:

“The President of the U.S. has called on your father to step down. How do you feel about that?” Amanpour asked.

“It’s not an American business, that’s number one,” said Gadhafi, who was dressed casually as he spoke with Amanpour. “Second, do they think this is a solution? Of course not.”

“[Obama] says if a person can only keep control by using force, then legitimacy is gone,” Amanpour pressed. Gadhafi responded, “Right, but what happened? We didn’t use force. Second, we still have people around us.”

They didn’t use force? Perhaps the Gaddafis have cut off their own Internet access, but there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. Why bother to deny it? Is it that the Gaddafis are so used to lying that they just can’t help themselves, or are they so removed from reality that they don’t know where the truth ends and the lies begin? I vote for the former.

Meanwhile, in Zawiya, Gaddafi’s security forces have seen the writing on the wall:

Anti-government protesters took to the streets Sunday in Libya’s western city of Zawiya — including former security forces who said they have switched sides and joined the opposition.

Some buildings showed signs of damage, including a freshly burnt-out police station.

At least several Libyan cities are now in the control of the opposition, including Zawiya, about 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the capital city of Tripoli.

Perhaps it’s time for the Gaddafis to stop the Baghdad Bob impressions and start looking for a really good spider hole.


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“…access to one of Gaddafi’s presidential palaces…”

perroviejo on February 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Nathan Thurm

50sGuy on February 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

“The whole south is calm. The west is calm. The middle is calm. Even part of the east.”

Baghdad Bob?

Sounds like this guy is channelling “Animal House”‘s very own Chip Diller!

pilamaye on February 27, 2011 at 12:16 PM

“The President of the U.S. has called on your father to step down. How do you feel about that?” Imawhore asked.

I’d LOVE to hear Saif Gaddafi say “my father and I are NOT Wisconsin democrats, we will stay and fight”.

VegasRick on February 27, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Reminds me of our dear leader here at home when he talks about how obamacare will reduce health care costs. By the way, notice how seriously ugly rubs in this family in Lybia?

karenhasfreedom on February 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

‘runs’. Augh on my iPhone Fat finger posting

karenhasfreedom on February 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Mad Dog’s last moments would make great Pay for View. His costume for the event might set a new trend amongst our younger set. Che weeps.

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 12:46 PM

O/T, but Althouse has a funny contribution on the Madison hippies in the comment section. Warning: the f word is invoked.
http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/02/theres-man-with-sign-that-reads-egypt.html

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

He’s probably betting heavily on the same world media that covered so well for Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot and Hezbollah and every other socialist monstrosity in the last 100 years. They’ve never seen a butcher they couldn’t find a way to excuse somehow.

Lew on February 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Is it that the Gaddafis are so used to lying that they just can’t help themselves, or are they so removed from reality that they don’t know where the truth ends and the lies begin? I vote for the former.

Maybe they are possessed?

cartooner on February 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Moammar Gadhafi – Shoo-in for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize!!

Lew on February 27, 2011 at 12:57 PM

They should go to Venezuela and bring Hugo some of their bad luck.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2011 at 12:59 PM

heh, I saw on Ed’s twitter that he got sideswiped by a kid near his driveway last night and the kid wanted Ed to tell the cops that his dad was driving the car. Seems that the ‘sons’ –both in MN and in Libya– are wont to turn lies about their circumstances.

hope the wheels is okay ed.

ted c on February 27, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Wretchard sums up Scooter’s problems nicely in comment #7.
http://pajamasmedia.com/richardfernandez/2011/02/25/obamas-almost-hostage-crisis/#more-13074

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Why did the Democrats ( and McCain ) go to war against Milosevic?

Buddahpundit on February 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

But Gaddafi did make the trains run on time…

Jocundus on February 27, 2011 at 1:24 PM

test

Chuck in Detroit on February 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

“Libyan Liar”!

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 1:57 PM

The globalists are taking down the Middle East, all of it. They are staging all this turmoil.

There will be such disruption in the Middle East that the US will not be buying their oil anymore.

The price of oil will go to $200 and gasoline will be at $10/gallon. Some places in Europe currently have gasoline at $12-$16/liter.

The globalists will trash the Euro first and then the US dollar will be destroyed within 2-3 weeks.

All by the end of 2012.

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ms on February 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

A first taste of the New Middle East
By Caroline B. Glick
Feb. 25, 2011
*********************

The brilliant academic president who theorized that diplomacy-by-apology

was more powerful than governing-by-strength is being outmaneuvered — and outright humiliated -by the Arab world: Hamas, the Muslim brotherhood and Fatah
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Their voyage through the Suez Canal to Syria was an unadulterated triumph for the mullahs. For the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s warships sailed across the canal without even being inspected by the Egyptian, US or Israeli navies.

On the diplomatic front, the Iranian-dominated new Middle East has had a pronounced impact on the Western-backed Fatah-led Palestinian Authority’s political posture towards the US.
(more….)
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http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0211/glick022511.php3?printer_friendly

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

The globalists will trash the Euro first and then the US dollar will be destroyed within 2-3 weeks.

All by the end of 2012.

.

ms on February 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Kinda hard to work that into a positive campaign election chant for Scooter.

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Kinda hard to work that into a positive campaign election chant for Scooter.

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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Not at all…. the US dollar will be replaced with the new world currency and the messiah will have saved us.

ms on February 27, 2011 at 2:11 PM

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Strong horse-weak horse.

The shift in the regional power balance following Mubarak’s fall has caused Fatah leaders to view their ties to the US as a strategic liability. If they wish to survive, they must cut a deal with Hamas. And to convince Hamas to cut a deal, they need to abandon the US.

And so they have. Fatah’s first significant move to part company with Washington came with its relentless bid to force a vote on a resolution condemning Israeli construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria at the UN Security Council. In an attempt to avert a vote on the resolution that the US public expected him to veto, Obama spent fifty minutes on the phone with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas begging him to set the resolution aside. Obama promised to take unprecedented steps against Israel in return for Abbas’s agreement to stand down. But Abbas rejected his appeal.

Not only did Abbas defy the wishes of the most pro-Palestinian president ever to occupy the White House, Abbas told the whole world about how he defied Obama.
Abbas’s humiliation of Obama was only the first volley in the Fatah leader’s campaign against the US. Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and their PA ministers have sent paid demonstrators into the street to protest against America. They announced a boycott of American diplomats and journalists. They have called for a boycott of American products. They have scheduled a “Day of Rage,” against America for Friday after mosque prayers.

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Why did the Democrats ( and McCain ) go to war against Milosevic?

Buddahpundit on February 27, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Buddahpundit:Good question,I think it was all those Rape
Camps,concentration camps,and the butchery!

And,on Clintons watch,besides accidently taking
out the Chinese Embassy,killing some Chinese on
Christmas,and adding insult to injury,the Chine
se got their hands on the shot-down Stealth F11
7,and reversed engineered it,and thats why,toda
y,they have a mirrored US F-22 Stealth Fighter!
============================================================

China used downed US F-117 Nighthawk to reverse engineer its first stealth jet
ANI London/Mon,24 Jan 2011
**********************

London, Jan 24(ANI): China built the radar-evading Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter jet by using technology gleaned from a downed F-117 Nighthawk, a stealth ground attack aircraft formerly operated by the United States Air Force, military officials have claimed.

China had earlier this month confirmed that it held its first test-flight of the state-of-the-art jet.

Military officials believe that China developed the stealth technology from parts of the American fighter jet that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.

During NATO’s aerial bombing of the country during the Kosovo war, a Serbian anti-aircraft missile had shot the Nighthawk.

The pilot ejected, and was rescued, but the wreckage was strewn over a wide area of farmland.

“At the time, our intelligence reports told of Chinese agents crisscrossing the region where the F-117 disintegrated, buying up parts of the plane from local farmers,” the Daily Mail quoted Admiral Davor Domazet-Loso, Croatia’s Army Chief during the Kosovo war, as saying.
(more…)

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/201874

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:17 PM

“Day of Rage,” against America for Friday after mosque prayers.

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM

a capella:

I think,Obama’s willingness to throw Israel,under the bus on
settlements was seen as a signal to the Muslim Thugs,intent-
ionally,or pure stupidity,or both!!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Wretchard sums up Scooter’s problems nicely in comment #7.
http://pajamasmedia.com/richardfernandez/2011/02/25/obamas-almost-hostage-crisis/#more-13074

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

a capella:Thanks for the link,and sending John Kerry,that
was brilliant,couldn’t Hopey send anyone with
actual experience in negotiaitions!

Btw,speaking of Puck E Stan,they have doubled
their nukes!:)
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Pakistan doubles its nuclear arsenal
Jan 31 2011
************************************

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal now totals more than 100 deployed weapons, a doubling of its stockpile over the past several years in one of the world’s most unstable regions, according to estimates by nongovernment analysts.

The Pakistanis have significantly accelerated productionof uranium and plutonium for bombs and developed new weapons to deliver them. After years of approximate weapons parity, experts said, Pakistan has now edged ahead of India, its nuclear-armed rival.
(more…)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/30/AR2011013004682.html

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Buddahpundit:Good question,I think it was all those Rape
Camps,concentration camps,and the butchery!

Pretending that wasn’t all lies and propaganda in the first place, shouldn’t the Democrats and their media be banging the war drum about now? Must not be a Trepca in Libya so Soros doesn’t need a war over there. I’m sure he’d like the oil, though.

Buddahpundit on February 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM


“The whole south is calm. The west is calm. The middle is calm. Even part of the east … It’s not an American business, that’s number one,” said Gadhafi, who was dressed casually as he spoke with Amanpour. “Second, do they think this is a solution? Of course not.”

A ‘solution’ to WHAT? You just said everything is calm! Dude, make up your mind.

Tony737 on February 27, 2011 at 3:14 PM

The HMS Cumberland just made it’s second sortie and dropped off 200 more civilians in Malta and the RAF has two more plane loads of those stranded in the desert inbound.

Meanwhile Barry is considering his options for the tenth straight day.

Limerick on February 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Limerick on February 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM

No options to consider. He told us if the SHTF he would side with mussi’s. Well the S is HTF and he is siding with the mussi’s.

chemman on February 27, 2011 at 3:37 PM

When ABC News turns on you…you might as well be … George W. Bush or something…

percysunshine on February 27, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Buddahpundit:Good question,I think it was all those Rape
Camps,concentration camps,and the butchery!
Pretending that wasn’t all lies and propaganda in the first place, shouldn’t the Democrats and their media be banging the war drum about now? Must not be a Trepca in Libya so Soros doesn’t need a war over there. I’m sure he’d like the oil, though.

Buddahpundit on February 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Buddahpundit:This might help!
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Clinton-Approved Iranian Arms Transfers Help Turn Bosnia into Militant Islamic Base
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Congressional Press Release, US Congress, 16 January 1997 Posted at globalresearch.ca 21 September 2001
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Help Turn Bosnia into Militant Islamic Base “‘There is no question that the policy of getting arms into Bosnia was of great assistance in allowing the Iranians to dig in and create good relations with the Bosnian government,’ a senior CIA officer told Congress in a classified deposition. ‘And it is a thing we will live to regret because when they blow up some Americans, as they no doubt will before this … thing is over, it will be in part because the Iranians were able to have the time and contacts to establish themselves well in Bosnia.”‘ “Iran Gave Bosnia Leader $ ["Iran Gave Bosnia Leader $ 500,000, CIA Alleges: Classified Report Says Izetbegovic Has Been 'Co-Opted,' Contradicting U.S. Public Assertion of Rift," Los Angeles Times, 12/31/96. Ellipses in original. Alija Izetbegovic is the Muslim president of Bosnia.] “‘If you read President Izetbegovk’s writings, as I have, there is no doubt that he is an Islamic fundamentalist,’ said a senior Western diplomat with long experience in the region. ‘He is a very nice fundamentalist, but he is still a fundamentalist. This has not changed. His goal is to establish a Muslim state in Bosnia, and the Serbs and Croats understand this better than the rest of us.”‘ ["Bosnian Leader Hails Islam at Election Rallies," New York Times, 9/2/96]

http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/DCH109A.html

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

The HMS Cumberland just made it’s second sortie and dropped off 200 more civilians in Malta and the RAF has two more plane loads of those stranded in the desert inbound.

Meanwhile Barry is considering his options for the tenth straight day.

Limerick on February 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Limerick:I think this is it!:)
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Sunday, February 27, 2011
SPECIAL FORCES SWOOP ON LIBYA . . .
************************************

This was a daring operation that no doubt involved a LOT of risk taking on behalf of British Special Air Service soldiers, but a thing like this is actually a combined arms operations involving all services, most especially logistical personnel.

Phases of an operation like this include issuing warning orders to the ground operators (SAS) as well as the air arm involved (RAF and RN); planning; reconnaissance; infiltration of the main body; actions on the objective; consolidation and preparation for exfil; exfiltration. Intelligence gathering and operational security (OPSEC) would be involved throughout each phase of the operation.
(more…..)

http://seanlinnane.blogspot.com/2011/02/special-forces-swoop-on-libya.html
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Special forces swoop on Libya to pull Britons to safety
Feb 26 2011
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A daring rescue operation by Special Forces flew scores of British citizens out of Libya last night as the net closed in on Col Muammar Gaddafi.
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Special forces swoop on Libya to pull Britons to safety
A daring rescue operation by Special Forces flew scores of British citizens out of Libya last night as the net closed in on Col Muammar Gaddafi.

In a daylight mission, the RAF, Special Air Service and Special Boat Service used two specially equipped Hercules aircraft to snatch Britons from the country. However, it is feared up to 300 oil workers from the UK remain stranded.

The rescue teams, who flew out of bases in Malta, searched an area four times the size of Britain to locate workers before evacuating them back to Valletta in Malta last night.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8349896/Special-forces-swoop-on-Libya-to-pull-Britons-to-safety.html

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Open Letter To 44 to Take Action to Halt Violence in Libya
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The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC

February 25, 2011

Dear Mr. President:

In your 2009 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, you rightly declared that “Inaction tears at our conscience and can lead to more costly intervention later.” Today the United States and our allies in Europe must take action in response to the unfolding crisis in Libya. With violence spiraling to new heights, and with the apparent willingness of the Qaddafi regime to use all weapons at its disposal against the Libyan people, we may be on the threshold of a moral and humanitarian catastrophe.
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http://greatsatansgirlfriend.blogspot.com/2011/02/open-letter-to-44-to-take-action-to.html

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 7:12 PM