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Obama and Ghadaffi?
By Micah Halpern

Saturday July 11, 2009

I've Been Thinking:

The Unites States quelled the more severe sanctions against Iran that Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi proposed at the G-8 Summit.
That went just as I had predicted.

There is something else, however, about the G-8 that disturbs me.
Something that has gotten almost no press in the United States.

President Obama shook hands with Libyan dictator Muammar Ghadaffi.
And then Obama sat almost next to Ghadaffi at dinner, separated only by Berlusconi.

Ghadaffi has been the dictator of Libya for four decades, ever since 1969.
Ghadaffi has never met a US president - and there is a reason for that.
Yes, Ghadaffi met Condi Rice when she was secretary of state, but secretary of state is not president and that was done as part of the thawing of diplomatic relations.

Those relations are still in the thawing process - they are not warm and not yet at the stage where leaders should act as if they are friends.
There is a vast diplomatic chasm between thawing relations and warm relations.
There is a time and a place for first meeting and hand shakes.
Those formalities should be orchestrated based on behavior, diplomatic necessities and priorities.

The President of the United States should not have been so friendly and so close to the Libyan thug.
For more on Ghadaffi, look him up in my book THUGS.

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4 June 2017 12:13 PM in Thoughts


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