by John Dankosky -
The deposed Libyan leader Mummar Qaddafi has been on the run from rebel fighters, helped by US and NATO forces. According to The New York Times, rebel leaders believe they have him surrounded in a town 150 miles from Tripoli. The end of his regime comes only two years after a meeting with Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, in which the senator called the Libyan leader an ally.
A recently leaked WikiLeaks cable details the meeting between Lieberman and Qaddafi in Libya in 2009.
Speaking on WNPR’s Where We Live, Lieberman said that the US had caught Qaddaffi “red handed” looking for materials to build his own nuclear weapons. Lieberman said the leader got “scared” that his country might be invaded like Iraq had been, and began cooperating with US officials.
The meeting was in the leader’s tent, and it also included Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins. Lieberman admitted that during that meeting, he told Qaddafi that Libya was an important ally in the war on terror.
“He was always odd, he was always brutal, it was always therefore uncomfortable for us to be doing that, but what I meant that day, and what was really true (was) he feared al-Qaeda because he thought they were a threat to him. And, of course, we were fighting al Qaeda, and as I said to him that day, ‘sometimes when you have common enemies, you can develop an alliance even if you don’t have a lot in common’ and that’s where we were then. But, it was a weird meeting,” Lieberman said.
The cable also said that during the meeting, Senator McCain suggested that the U.S. would provide military support to Qaddafi. Lieberman said that he had “no recollection,” of that.
Only two years after that meeting, Lieberman and McCain signed a resolution supporting the use of US force against Qaddafi’s forces.