The Death of Moammar Gadhafi
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Libyans danced in the streets today, celebrating the death of a tyrant brought down by his own people with help from the US and NATO. Despite a bloody history and support for terror, Gadhafi had an up and down relationship with the United States. What's next for an oil rich country divided by tribal and sectarian rivalries, where the potential outcomes range from democracy to civil war? Also, as the Super Committee on debt works toward spending reductions, a major surprise. The farm lobby says it'll give up $5 billion in subsidies. Is that for real or will the 'American Boondoggle' continue?
Banner image: Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters celebrate in the city of Sirte on October 20, 2011 after the final bastion of resistance by forces loyal strongman Moammar Gadhafi fell to fighters of the new regime. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images
The Death of Moammar Gadhafi ()
Since rebel forces deposed Moammar Gadhafi two months ago, he's been on the run. Today, al Jazeera TV aired gruesome footage of armed men dragging a wounded and bloody person said to be Gadhafi in his hometown of Sirte. Although much of the world has already recognized the Transitional National Council as Libya's new government, even with the death today of the mercurial leader, Libya is not a unified country. What's next for an oil-rich nation divided by tribal and sectarian rivalries, where the potential outcomes range from democracy to civil war?
- Borzou Daragahi: Financial Times, @borzou
- Mary Beth Sheridan: Washington Post
- Ronald Bruce St. John: author of books about Libya
- Lawrence Korb: Center for American Progress, @LarryKorb
- Shadi Hamid: Brookings Doha Center, @shadihamid
Does the Farm Lobby Really Want to Cut Subsidies? ()
Last Friday was the deadline for suggestions to the bipartisan supercommittee on debt, which received more than 175,000 ideas from other lawmakers, think tanks, lobbyists and the public. Among them was a proposal from farm-state legislators to reduce agricultural subsidies by $5 billion. But that's not all they wanted. Is it pulling a "bait and switch?"
- Vincent Smith: Montana State University
- Jon Doggett: National Corn Growers Association
- Joel Salatin: Polyface Farms
- Jerry Hagstrom: Hagstrom Report
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