My, my. This is quite a news day we’re having.
Qaddafi did, of course, dismantle his nuke program after we invaded Iraq. And yet, here’s the State Department’s official list of state sponsors of terror. Has something changed in the past six weeks that I’m not aware of?
Here’s a fun conversation-starter for the new U.S. ambassador to Tripoli.
Update: The AP answers my question about the list.
Removing Libya from the list of countries the United States considers to be state sponsors of terrorism means a 45-day public comment period will begin on Monday, after which Libya would be removed from the list. The official described the plans on condition of anonymity because the official announcement was still pending.
A public comment period would be the perfect time to apply some indirect pressure over Libya’s support for Hamas. I’ll try to track down the State Dept. contact information.
The AP goes on to say it’s all about oiiiilllll, and this time, they’re probably right.
Update: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross at the Counterterrorism Blog identifies the previous obstacles to normalization and decides two out of three ain’t bad.
Update: Here’s the transcript of Condi Rice’s announcement. “We are taking these actions in recognition of Libya’s continued commitment to its renunciation of terrorism and the excellent cooperation Libya has provided to the United States and other members of the international community in response to common global threats faced by the civilized world since September 11, 2001.”
Update: In what must be a first, Debbie Schlussel agrees with the AP: it’s all about oil and not about renouncing terrorism, which Libya’s never done.