Libyan diplomats helpfully remind us that Gaddafi’s nuts

posted at 3:35 pm on March 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I’m not sure we needed the reminder, but ABC brings it to us anyway, along with a reminder of what happens when unstable dictators face utter defeat.  They don’t usually go quietly or slink off to posh exile with their stolen loot, as Baby Doc Duvalier did for a few decades until the cash ran low.  The true megalomaniacs get depressed and then decide that life is no longer worth living … for anyone. Hitler wanted to go out like Wotan in Valhalla by setting the entire world on fire, and the former #2 in Libya’s delegation to the UN thinks Moammar Gaddafi will try to go out the same way — and he even has the bunkers already built for it:

Psychological analysts in the CIA spend a lot of time and effort trying to get inside the mind of someone like Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, whose well-documented quirks leave little doubt that it’s a strange place.

But according to a former CIA analyst and a Libyan diplomat, suspicion over his own security and devastating allied bombing may have driven the “mad dog of the Middle East” into a new, potentially dangerous depression.

“We know he is unstable,” former deputy Libyan ambassador to the U.N. Ibrahim Dabbashi told ABC News. “I think he will kill as much as he can and he will destroy as much as he can.”

Word is that Gaddafi’s even lost confidence in his crack squad of female bodyguards, which makes sense, since it’s usually the palace guard that takes out the insane despot. Caligula found that out the hard way, and the Roman tyrant was neither the first nor the last. Having had a defector conduct a kamikaze mission with his plane into the command and control center that reportedly killed Gaddafi’s son won’t do anything to clear his state of mind, either.

Even if the rebels somehow manage to regain the initiative and push Gaddafi from power, it looks like they’d better hope he’s suicidal. Gaddafi has prepared for a long siege in Tripoli and elsewhere in the country, as Al Jazeera discovered. The lengthy system of tunnels and bunkers would give Libya’s supreme leader better accommodations than those enjoyed by Saddam Hussein the last few months of his freedom.  From there, Gaddafi could conduct a long insurgency campaign against whoever attempts to succeed him as leader of Libya, taking the country to failed-state status quickly and for a long time.


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Mustard gas for EVERYONE~!

teke184 on March 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

his crack squad of female bodyguards

Fembots!

John the Libertarian on March 22, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Nuts? He was perfect for the region.

Bishop on March 22, 2011 at 3:41 PM

I think he’ll bunga bunga as much as he can.

Akzed on March 22, 2011 at 3:41 PM

From there, Gaddafi could conduct a long insurgency campaign against whoever attempts to succeed him as leader of Libya, taking the country to failed-state status quickly and for a long time.

He’ll play Obama until the election in 2012. He doesn’t want to die, so all he has to do is lay low.

In the meanwhile Libya falls into a civil war, among 7th century herders and such.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2011 at 3:42 PM

President Reticent

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM

From there, Gaddafi could conduct a long insurgency campaign against whoever attempts to succeed him as leader of Libya, taking the country to failed-state status quickly and for a long time.

You misspelled both Obama and America.

Murphy9 on March 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Well maybe we will get to see a real life re-enactment of Scarface?

sharrukin on March 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM

And now, Kaddafi’s goons are raping reporters.

We should be surprised by this?

The Kaddafi klan are quite frank about their sextortion racket. You imprison one of our terrorists? OK, we prison rape and torture your nurses until you pay us and release our terrorist.

It’s really that simple.

The Politics of Blackmail

“Blackmail? Maybe,” he says, considering the word. “It is blackmail, but the Europeans also blackmailed us. Yeah, it’s an immoral game by the way, but—I mean they set the rules of the game, the Europeans, and now they are paying the price.” They, and the Americans, too, for that matter, are merely serving their own political and economic interests, as far as Saif al-Islam is concerned. While the medics suffered, governments and multinationals were cutting deals. French President Nicolas Sarkozy even finagled an image-enhancing jaunt for his whimsical wife, Cécilia, as ostensible liberator of the prisoners. “She is the last person to come interfere in that issue and she is the person who took the medics with her back home,” said Saif al-Islam. “She’s very lucky. Lots of people tried in the past and they failed.” The reason: “The French [understood] the requirements and they were very flexible.”

If you’re not severely nauseated by all this, then you’re not paying attention.

Terp Mole on March 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Libyan diplomats helpfully remind us that Gaddafi’s nuts

…are what? Crushed?

fossten on March 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

WRECKING BALL DIPLOMACY!

Libya it’s your turn to get a taste of what the American economy has had since 1-20-09.

YEMEN……..you’re next!

PappyD61 on March 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Breaking message from President Obama:

My American Exports Tour is a totally expected amazing success. Fourteen more Latin American countries added at last minute.

See you in April, or something!

Love,
Barack

P.S. I knew this and, let be clear, this is what I meant by the report I sent to Congress, yesterday.

Dusty on March 22, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Khaddafi submits his video response!!

ted c on March 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Well maybe we will get to see a real life re-enactment of Scarface?

sharrukin on March 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Tripoli or DC?

G M on March 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I wonder if there is a way to convince a depressed person to commit suicide. We need a Tokyo Rose type of radio voice to pipe in insults. The opposite of life affirming thoughts… “you are really really ugly” “no body likes you” “no body has ever liked you” “you aren’t worth it”

I have the perfect voice! Senator Al Franken! Finally, a service Franken could actually do for the country.

“gosh, darn it, people don’t like you”

petunia on March 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Who’s in charge of making those Hitler Rants?

I suggest Farrakhan complaining about Obooba whacking Libya.

Akzed on March 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Yeah, those diplomats are being as helpful as they can possibly be. I’m sure many of them are regretting jumping ship on K’daffy too soon. Why, he may hang on to at least part of Libya. These DIPlomats, held pretty cushy and important jobs under Col. Crazy. They didn’t seem to mind climbing up the career Loony Ladder until it looked like the ides of March for Mad Moammar. They may even need straight jackets before it’s all over.

cartooner on March 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I have the perfect voice! Senator Al Franken! Finally, a service Franken could actually do for the country.
“gosh, darn it, people don’t like you”
petunia on March 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Joe Lieberman reading the phone book. Within five minutes I’d beat my head on the floor to death.

Akzed on March 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Tripoli or DC?

G M on March 22, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Obama pick up a gun and go crazy on someone?

Get real. Now Michelle? That I could believe!

sharrukin on March 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

“Well at least we still have Libya…” -Farrakhan.

Akzed on March 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I’m not sure we needed the reminder, but ABC brings it to us anyway, along with a reminder of what happens when unstable dictators face utter defeat.

If we didn’t interfere in the internal matters of the Libyan state, he would have won.

Crisis averted.

Rebar on March 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Hey, Akzed. Are you talking about this guy?

kingsjester on March 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

“gosh, darn it, people don’t like you”

petunia on March 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

How ’bout delivering an iPod preloaded with Obama’s speeches?

cthulhu on March 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Moammar’s not the only nutty dictator. Hugo is saying today that capitalism may be to blame for destroying life on Mars:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Chavez-says-capitalism-may-rb-3915449179.html?x=0&.v=1
He could have repeated the Left’s mantra, “It’s Bush’s fault,” but he was feeling kinda creative.

itsnotaboutme on March 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

How ’bout delivering an iPod preloaded with Obama’s speeches?

cthulhu on March 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I think I even know a place nearby where such a device could be readily acquired….

cthulhu on March 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Obama pick up a gun and go crazy on someone?

Get real. Now Michelle? That I could believe!

sharrukin on March 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I can see him burying his face into a huge mound of coke on the desk of the oval office. That’s gotta be worth partial credit, right?

G M on March 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Having had a defector conduct a kamikaze mission with his plane into the command and control center that reportedly killed Gaddafi’s son won’t do anything to clear his state of mind, either.

Has this been documented?

a capella on March 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I can see him burying his face into a huge mound of coke on the desk of the oval office. That’s gotta be worth partial credit, right?

G M on March 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Thats true. Maybe the two of them together could pull it off.

sharrukin on March 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

sure he’s nuts…but i’d feel a lot better if we knew who the “rebels” are. And if I hadn’t read the the number uno country for islamic foreigners in the Iraqi theater were from the eastern part of Libya

r keller on March 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

sure he’s nuts…but i’d feel a lot better if we knew who the “rebels” are. And if I hadn’t read the the number uno country for islamic foreigners in the Iraqi theater were from the eastern part of Libya

r keller on March 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Oh, they’re a bunch of would-be Jeffersonians in man-dresses. When they scream “allah akbar” it means “all men are created equal”. Obama wouldn’t steer us wrong.

G M on March 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM

I’m not sure we needed the reminder

Yes, we did, with so many people now saying things like, “We’re hypocrites to be fighting in Libya and not in Bahrain,” or “How do we know whoever’s next won’t be worse?”

calbear on March 22, 2011 at 7:04 PM