01/25/04 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
In his State of the Union address Bush was wrong, and most probably lying (for political re-election purposes) about Libya.

This is the context in which Libyan officials approached the United States and Britain last spring to discuss dismantling Libya's weapons program. The Iraq war, which had not yet started, was not the driving force behind Libya's move. Rather, Libya was willing to deal because of credible diplomatic representations by the United States over the years, which convinced the Libyans that doing so was critical to achieving their strategic and domestic goals. Just as with Lockerbie, an explicit quid pro quo was offered: American officials indicated that a verifiable dismantling of Libya's weapons projects would lead the removal our own sanctions, perhaps by the end of this year.

-Flynt Leverett, Senior director for Middle Eastern affairs at the National Security Council from 2002 to 2003.

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