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Is the West Pushing Syria and Iran Towards the Same Fate As Qaddafi?

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 Many today may not remember, but Qaddafi (or Gadhafi) entered disarmament deals with the West, including ending it’s nuclear program starting in 2003-04 under the Bush Administration. Despite getting praise from the Bush team for cooperating, the Obama team practically did an about face, according to reports. Once Qaddafi was emptied of serious weapons, and despite Qaddafi’s protests that the U.S. reneged on most of it’s promises, he was assassinated by Western-backed rebels. That, on top of the general U.S. policy in northern Africa that angered Russia as it felt betrayed by U.S. assurances, would undermine American foreign policy and make it difficult for Syria and Iran to fully trust us.

In U.S.-Libya Nuclear Deal, a Qaddafi Threat Faded Away

By DAVID E. SANGER   Published: March 1, 2011

WASHINGTON — In late 2009, the Obama administration was leaning on Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his son Seif to allow the removal from Libya of the remnants of the country’s nuclear weapons program: casks of highly enriched uranium.

Meeting with the American ambassador, Gene A. Cretz, the younger Qaddafi complained that the United States had retained “an embargo on the purchase of lethal equipment” even though Libya had turned over more than $100 million in bomb-making technology in 2003. Libya was “fed up,” he told Mr. Cretz, at Washington’s slowness in doling out rewards for Libya’s cooperation, according to cables released by WikiLeaks.

Today, with father and son preparing for a siege of Tripoli, the success of a joint American-British effort to eliminate Libya’s capability to make nuclear and chemical weapons has never, in retrospect, looked more important.

Senior administration officials and Pentagon planners, as they discuss sanctions and a possible no-flight zone to neutralize the Libyan Air Force, say that the 2003 deal removed Colonel Qaddafi’s biggest trump card: the threat of using a nuclear weapon, or even just selling nuclear material or technology, if he believed it was the only way to save his 42-year rule. While Colonel Qaddafi retains a stockpile of mustard gas, it is not clear he has any effective way to deploy it.

“Imagine the possible nightmare if we had failed to remove the Libyan nuclear weapons program and their longer-range missile force,” said Robert Joseph, who played a central role in organizing the effort, in the months just after the invasion of Iraq.

“You can’t know for sure how far the Libyan program would have progressed in the last eight years,” said Mr. Joseph, who left the administration of President George W. Bush a few years after the Libya events, partly because he believed it had gone soft on nuclear rogue states. But given Colonel Qaddafi’s recent threats, he said on Monday, “there is no question he would have used whatever he felt necessary to stay in power.”

Whether he would have is, of course, unknowable.

But Colonel Qaddafi appeared to sense that loss of leverage over the last two years. The cables indicate a last-minute effort to hold on to the remnants of the program, less to assure his government’s survival than to have some bargaining chips to get the weapons and aid that Colonel Qaddafi and his son insisted they were promised.

The cache of nuclear technology that Libya turned over to the United States, Britain and international nuclear inspectors in early 2004 was large — far larger than American intelligence experts had expected.


How, then, did Qaddafi’s decision to renounce nuclear weapons affect the country? Most notably, Libyan-Western relations were dramatically improved, with the Security Council lifting former sanctions imposed on Libya.

During the 2011 civil war, disarmament efforts in Libya were halted as the rebel militias fought against forces loyal to Qaddafi. However, the country is now resuming their efforts to rid of all remaining chemical weapons and programs.

When chemical weapons were found in Libya in late 2011, former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced the discovery of the weapons and that foreign inspectors would be in the country to further investigate. Jibril stated, “By making this announcement, we reaffirm that the new Libya is a peaceful Libya, a Libya that abides by international law, a Libya that aims for development before anything else for the good of its people.” 


Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 14, 2013 at 5:23 am

Posted in 9/11, Uncategorized

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  1. Reblogged this on Karma's little spanker.

    elementul huliganic

    November 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

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