Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gaddafi: Obama is a Friend

Yesterday we guessed at reasons why President Obama has had trepidation with dealing with Libya.  We considered the fact that Rev. Jeremiah Wright was tied to Gaddafi and we even considered the fact that the White House could not spell "Libya."  Another possibility: Obama was afraid that Gaddafi would tell the world that they were pals.

Now, obviously, there is no way to confirm that Gaddafi and Obama are actually friends unless the President comes out and says it, but we can sure report what Gaddafi said last year.

To quote Gaddafi:
"Now, ruling America is a black man from our continent, an African from Arab descent, from Muslim descent, and this is something we never imagined – that from Reagan we would get to Barakeh Obama."
Great.  One of our President's biggest followers is a soon-to-be-deposed, iron-fisted ruler who kills protesters in his streets.

Later, in no uncertain terms, Gaddafi called President Obama a "friend."

The article continues:
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi considers the US president a blessing to the Muslim world. In a speech published in London-based al-Hayat newspaper on Saturday, Gaddafi praised Barack Obama, called him a "friend" and said there is no longer any dispute between his country and the US.

Speaking in the Libyan city of Sirt at an event marking the 24th anniversary of an American attack on Libya, he said, "At the time, we were the target of the American cannon, the American navy challenged us in the gulf of Sirt and attacked us all along Libya's shores. America tested Libya, and the Libyan people resisted the large country, but today, thank God, the difference is great..."
Gaddafi stressed that Obama's presidency is "a major historical gain" and said, "He is someone I consider a friend. He knows he is a son of Africa. Regardless of his African belonging, he is of Arab Sudanese descent, or of Muslim descent. He is a man whose policy should be supported, and he should be assisted in implementing it in any way possible, since he is now leaning towards peace."

He continued, "I urge all peoples to give him this chance and to support this policy, because America is a country that, when its policy is bad – harms the world, and when it is good – it helps the world."

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