Muammar Qaddafi’s letter was addressed to Congress, but it was really a big thank you to the 223 House Republicans who voted in favor of resolution criticizing Obama’s Libya policy.
Never one to miss an opportunity to float some propaganda, an unverified letter from Muammar Qaddafi recently arrived at Speaker of the House John Boehner’s door.
In it Qaddafi lavished praise on the “Congress” for their criticism/recently passed House resolution criticizing Obama for his Libya policy.
The Government of Libya Jamahiriya reviewed with great interest the deliberations of the Congress on the issue of the participation of the United States of America in NATO’s aggression against Libya, and I want express my sincere gratitude for your thoughtful discussion of the issues. We are confident that history will see the wisdom of your Country in debating these issues. As we have constantly expressed in the past, we are keen to establish permanent and friendly relations with the United States. NATO’s unjustified hostilities have killed Libyan civilians and destroyed civilian’s installations in clear violation of Security Council Resolution 1973…
Libya has been keen for years to establish a special relationship with the United States of America based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. We were the first Country to issue an arrest warrant for Bin Laden and the first Country that stood in solidarity with the United States regarding the events of 911 and this horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. We also expressed our readiness to provide any aid requested by the United States, and further we provided the US with important and useful information with regard to terrorist and extremist groups in North Africa and Afghanistan, and cooperated fully with the International Community in combating terrorist activities. We are convinced that fighting terrorism on all fronts requires the cooperation of all States and Governments, and we are keen to prevent the return of terrorism to the region and have voluntarily renounced the use of WMD and in particular, our nuclear progamme, and have delivered related equipment and materials is to both America and Russia…
We are counting on the United States Congress to its continued investigation of the military activities of NATO and its allies to confirm what we believe is a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and further that these activities have resulted in the death of over 700 Libyan civilians, the destruction of Libyan infrastructure and wreaked havoc on Libyan civilian society. Such unauthorized intervention is inappropriate and illegal interference in what is essentially a Libyan civil war.
Congratulations House Republicans, your hatred of Obama has won you the praise of a terrorist. To be fair, John Boehner’s resolution was a watered down version of Dennis Kucinich’s which failed to pass 148-265. Just how deeply the partisan politics went on these votes is revealed by the fact that more Republicans (87) than Democrats (61) supported Kucinich’s effort.
Of course 45 Democrats also voted for Boehner’s measure, but this doesn’t mean much. In the wild and wacky world of House politics, I could find 45 members to vote for a resolution claiming that the moon is made out of cheese, especially if the dairy lobby endorsed it.
Kucinich and many of the House Democrats who voted yes on this resolution are doves. They hate ALL military action. What is interesting is the great pivot that the GOP has done since a Democrat moved in to the White House.
Back in 2007 only 17 Republicans joined with Democrats in voting for a non-binding measure that opposed the troop surge. One hundred eighty Republicans were for escalating that war. In 2008 only 2 Republicans joined with Democrats in voting for a resolution to bring the troops home from Iraq, 212 of them supported more war when a Republican was in office.
Libya is not Iraq. There are no US troops on the ground in Libya, yet Republicans hate US involvement in a true coalition with NATO.
Is it the involvement that the Republicans hate, or the man in the White House?
I think the answer is obvious. In case it wasn’t just keep in mind that the House Republican move on Libya drew praise from an international terrorist. The man who was behind the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 is a big fan of what Boehner and the House GOP did.