Bolton said he supports killing Gaddafi even though great uncertainty exists about who or what might replace him, including elements of Al Qaeda who reportedly have been aiding Libya’s ragtag band of anti-Gaddafi rebels.

“I don’t doubt it at all,” he said of reports of Al Qaeda’s involvement. “It’s a risk, there’s no doubt about it. I don’t have any confidence that we really know” who makes up Gaddafi’s opposition. “One of the things the administration should be doing is identifying pro-American, pro-Western leaders in the opposition and assisting them. I don’t see any evidence that they’re doing that. But this is a rare case of Gaddafi on the one hand, the unknown on the other—and I’d pick the unknown.”