Rumsfeld: If you’re wondering who to thank for Gaddafi’s lack of nukes …

posted at 2:55 pm on March 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Is this a “little-known story”?  If so, it’s a rather damning indictment of the American media, given its rather splashy initial reporting in December 2003.  As I wrote at the time, Moammar Gaddafi’s decision to voluntarily surrender his nuclear-weapons program made the US significantly safer as a direct result of the Iraq War.  Had we not invaded Iraq in 2003 and captured Saddam Hussein in December of that year, Gaddafi would hardly have felt compelled to protect himself from similar American action at the time.  We found out shortly afterward that Libya had succeeded in making weapons-grade plutonium, and oh by the way also had 44,000 pounds of mustard gas.  In fact, Gaddafi’s rush to demonstrate his good citizenship only ended in 2007, when domestic opposition to Bush’s efforts in Iraq emboldened Gaddafi back into defiance.

Perhaps Don Rumsfeld’s little reminder will get the media to check its archives and recall that story in its reporting on Operation Odyssey Dawn … but I rather doubt it.  Via Greg Hengler:

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