US Restores Diplomatic Ties with Gadhafi and Libya

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Moammar Gadhafi took over the Libya in 1969. Since then, he's imposed a combination of socialism and Islam with a bloody iron hand, and sponsored terrorism elsewhere in the world. In response to economic sanctions, he finally admitted involvement in downing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. In a process begun by the Clinton Administration, he agreed to give up development of weapons of mass destruction, and has cooperated with the US in the war against terror. Monday, Secretary of State Rice announced the resumption of formal diplomatic relations with Gadhafi, calling Libya "an important model" for Iran and North Korea. What's the message about US commitment to spreading democracy and insisting on human rights? Gadhafi remains a repressive dictator. Is the US desperate for friends? What does oil have to do with it?
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CIA Director-designate Michael Hayden

Hayden's opening statement to Senate Intelligence Committee

Linzer's article on hearings over Hayden confirmation

Secretary of State Rice on US resumption of diplomatic ties with Libya

New York Times article on America weighing new approach to North Korea

Richter's article on restoration of diplomatic ties with Libya



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