Qaddafi: From mad dog to love hound

Muammar el-Qaddafi, the man Reagan called the ‘mad dog of the Middle East’, is leading his country out of its isolation. “For the first time in more than half a century,” reports the New York Times, “a sitting American secretary of state is in Libya.”

Bravo. But someone ought to warn Qaddafi against trying for third base on the first date:

Ms. Rice and Colonel Qaddafi met one on one… for what had been billed as a more interesting private exchange than the usual diplomatic meetings.

After all, the Libyan leader had professed his “love” for the American secretary of state. “I support my darling black African woman,” Colonel Qaddafi told the network Al Jazeera last year. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders.”

He continued: “Yes, Leezza, Leezza, Leezza… I love her very much.”

Sooooo creepy.

2 thoughts on “Qaddafi: From mad dog to love hound

  1. He’s been behaving this way for years apparently. The Libya chapter of a book written several years ago called ‘God Has 99 Names’ by Judith Miller features similar anecdotes. I guess dictators are free to really be theirselves.

  2. Oh come on, Chris. Creepy?

    In any event, Quadhafi is surely keen on strong women — his entire bodyguard staff is female. (which makes for very nice photos, btw).

    As for the ‘black woman’ bossing around ‘arab leaders’ — that’s more political than anything else. Quadhafi is playing his African credentials vis-a-vis the Arab world that views him as a live joke. On the African/AU political scene he has, however, far more clout and respect.