Video: Gaddafi “connections” a little embarrassing now

posted at 10:55 am on March 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

NBC took a critical view of the history of the Obama administration in dealing with Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi. As recently as summer of 2009, Barack Obama was shaking the hand of the dictator who is presently conducting air raids against civilians in his own cities. Hillary Clinton held a press conference to welcome Mutassim Gaddafi to Washington in order to describe just how deeply the US “valued” the relationship with the regime. Now, with Gaddafi ruthlessly attempting to suppress an insurrection, the White House has had trouble finding its footing on its response to the change:

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Let’s be honest here. While it’s an easy way to score political points at the expense of the current administration, the question of whether we should have embraced Gaddafi at all goes back to the Bush administration.  In 2004, Gaddafi made the shocking decision to voluntarily disarm his nuclear program out of fear of what George Bush might do next after pulling Saddam Hussein out of a spider hole in Iraq.  The Bush administration decided to end sanctions despite Gaddafi’s history of sponsoring terrorism, mainly as a way to entice other despots to stop pursuing nuclear weapons — especially as a signal to Iran, which turned out to be pointless anyway.

Ending sanctions and establishing diplomatic ties was supposed to show that the Bush administration wasn’t going full neocon, and that we were willing to work with regimes that were willing to work with us rather than pursue a policy of regime change backed by American military muscle throughout the region.  However, that did not necessarily mean that we needed to dance cheek to cheek with brutal dictators either.  Celebrating the arrival of Gaddafi’s son in the manner shown should have been avoided, if for no other reason than the knowledge that tyrants eventually fall and being too close to them creates problems of their own.  It also makes the end game surrounding collapsing dictatorial regimes easier for those countries that do engage diplomatically.

Update: It was Mutassim Gaddafi, not Saif al-Islam, in this clip.


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the White House has had trouble finding its footing

Thats because libtards don’t have their feet on the ground.

BobMbx on March 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Hillary Clinton is a political hack. Look at the mess the Middle East is in. What a disaster.

NickDeringer on March 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Doing anything more than eating a waffle can be tough, go easy on PBHO, he’s still getting warmed up to the job two years later.

Bishop on March 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

It is a civil war not just an insurrection. It is civil war between the home tribe of former King Idriss & the “new” Libya. It is a war between the Islamists of the east with the rest of Libya.

Kermit on March 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

the White House has had trouble finding its footing on its response to the change:

in addition to it’s pair of comfy shoes….

hadta go there..

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Once he ‘finds his footing’ Obama then can summarily ‘pivot.’

Planned moves.

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

That picture of Obama with a huge smile while shaking Gaddafi’s hand takes the cake.

Mord on March 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Hillary Clinton is a political hack. Look at the mess the Middle East is in. What a disaster.

NickDeringer on March 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Question of the day: Who in this administration ISN’T a hack? I mean, has anyone displayed any form of competency? I’ve thought long and hard and still don’t have an answer…..

search4truth on March 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Obama:

“I can no more disown him than I can my White grandmother”..

Baxter Greene on March 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Did you see the video of Boy Gaddafi and Hillary? Creepy. He looks like Alice Cooper or something.

PattyJ on March 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Lost legitimacy to lead, indeed….

apostic on March 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

the White House has had trouble finding its footing on its response to the change:

Don’t worry, they’ll be singing this tune from Cumbawamba in a week….

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

When questioned today about this matter – what some are calling a major political snafu – Mr. Obama responded, “Fore!”

Mason on March 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

er…chumbawamba…er something…

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

if for no other reason than the knowledge that tyrants eventually fall and being too close to them creates problems of their own.

Hill has those dictator boogers on her now….

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM

the White House has had trouble finding its footing

Thats because libtards don’t have their feet on the ground head up their a$$.

BobMbx on March 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM

lil fify

NY Conservative on March 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Don’t worry, they’ll be singing this tune from Chumbawamba in a week….

ted c on March 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

I was thinking this tune by another artist….

apostic on March 7, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Isn’t Bechtel one of Romney’s favored companies? Looks like he needs to find better company to keep.

right2bright on March 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

With 3rd world, banana-republic governments the enemy of yesterday is the friend today and the enemy tomorrow.

albill on March 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

What are the leftists going to do with all those old, 20-year-old pictures of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam now?

I know they believe in recycling, but it’s gonna be kinda hard to keep recirculating those with pics of their President and Sec. of State smooching with the likes of Qaddafi floating around.

mankai on March 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Somebody better find their footing. I have to fill up the gas tank today.

Knucklehead on March 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM

That picture of Obama with a huge smile while shaking Gaddafi’s hand takes the cake.

Mord on March 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Dude ordered the Lockerbie bombing. I wonder how that made the victim’s families feel.

a capella on March 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Somebody better find their footing. I have to fill up the gas tank today.

Knucklehead on March 7, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I just did. 3.79 in Lincoln.

a capella on March 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM

The bombing bumbling begins in five minutes.

Christien on March 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM

In 2004, Gaddafi made the shocking decision to voluntarily disarm his nuclear program [....]. The Bush administration decided to end sanctions despite Gaddafi’s history of sponsoring terrorism, mainly as a way to entice other despots to stop pursuing nuclear weapons

I miss the days when we had real “smart power.”

UltimateBob on March 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Out – We have never been at war with Eurasia.

In – We have always been at war with Eurasia.

Lily on March 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Smart power

KeepOhioRed on March 7, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Anyone have a youtube link to this? Needs sharing

Ugly on March 7, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I have agreed all along with “not rattling the cage”. Gaddafi said he would disarm and was starting to lead his nation in a peaceful direction. I believe in Trust, but verify.

At the same time, he is and always has been and always will be a lunatic dictator drunk on his own power. Whenever their is a chance to bring a nation freedom, then we should take it. If the nation then votes for Sharia Law and to harbor terrorists, then we turn their nation into a sheet of glass, and let them vote again.

As soon as the uprising began here, Iran, and Egypt, we should have at least partially supported it from the start. And in the case of enemy nations like Libya or Iran we should have been shipping weapons to the resistance.

jeffn21 on March 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

agree Ed, Dubyah and Condi were way out of touch by normalizing relations and delaing with Qadaffi.

oh u mean HRC? Yeah she followed up on the plans Dubyah laid down.

Dubyahs brilliant, let the ME vote plan worked really well in Lebanon didnt it? oh yeah not so much. and it is not so much working its way all across the ME and we have an empty suit in power fabulous.

Sadly HRC does not have the power to unilaterally act, only POTUS can order anything and the one we have will not. PresidentPresent.

ginaswo on March 7, 2011 at 12:44 PM

He was rewarded for his capituation on nukes (because he didn’t want to end up like his clone in Bagdad) It was reasonable to give him a break -however he never received got justice for the Lockabie Bomber which implicates Obama does it not?

On the other hand, going over my old photos of past girlfriends tends to make me liss judgmental.

Don L on March 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Gaddafi “connections” a little embarrassing now

Why do you think this is embarrassing to Obama and Hillary?

right2bright on March 7, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Gaddafi’s son is Borat?

Rocks on March 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

FLASHBACK 2004: Alamoudi plotted to kill Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah

A federal judge sentenced Muslim activist Abdurahman Alamoudi to the maximum 23-year prison term for illegal dealings with Libya that included his involvement in a complex plot to kill the Saudi ruler.

Kaddafi’s blood debt to The House of Saud is overdue. They should be encouraged to collect in full.

Step 1: Greenlight the $audis to put a bounty on Q’s head.

Step 2: Watch Q’s mercs climb over each other to mount Q’s head on a pike.

Step 3: Light Cohiba and enjoy lower gas prices.

Terp Mole on March 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Bush took QueDaffy’s WMD’s, including nuclear weapons. Thankyou!

Obama let the Lockerbie bomber go so that BP could sign some oil deals. Gee… where have we heard of BP before?

So… how come American taxpayers subsidizing Brazilian offshore drilling to profit Soros, or drilling in Libya to profit BP is all A-OK but drilling in America anywhere is bad for the environment?

DANEgerus on March 7, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Why do you think this is embarrassing to Obama and Hillary?

right2bright on March 7, 2011 at 12:57 PM

When I first read this, it looked like:

“Who is more embarrassing, Obama or Hillary?”

Tough choice…

Roy Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

To steal a line from Niall Furguson, this is what happens when your foreign policy strategy is “I’m not George Bush… love me.”

Roc on March 7, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Update: It was Mutassim Gaddafi, not Saif al-Islam, in this clip.

Thanks for clarifying…cuz I thought it was Borat.

dont taze me bro on March 7, 2011 at 2:58 PM