A U.S. diplomatic cable released Wednesday by the website WikiLeaks reportedly shows that Senator John McCain promised to help Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi obtain U.S. military hardware and become one of the United States’ partners in the war on terror.
The agreement took place on Aug. 14, 2009 and included Senator Joe Lieberman, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Susan Collins and Senate Armed Services Committee staffer Richard Fontaine.
According to the cable, McCain opened the meeting by saying that Libya’s relationship with the U.S. was “excellent.” Liebermann added, “We never would have guessed ten years ago that we would be sitting in Tripoli, being welcomed by a son of Muammar al-Qadhafi.”
The cable also says, “Lieberman called Libya an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies sometimes make better friends. The Senators recognized Libya’s cooperation on counterterrorism and conveyed that it was in the interest of both countries to make the relationship stronger.”
The deal that was being made included helicopters and non-lethal weaponry meant to ensure the security of Libya. In exchange for this and assisting Libya in rehabilitating its image, Gaddafi promised to send his enriched uranium supplies to Russia for disposal.
But Gaddafi abandoned the agreement last November, leaving a large quantity of uranium in a poorly sealed container on the side of an airport runway for weeks. Apparently, Gaddafi backed out of the deal because of Donald Trump, who “screwed” the Libyan dictator.
As Trump has bragged many times, Gaddafi paid Trump to build a tent on his property in New York before a United Nations summit. Once the media began focusing in on the arrangement, the billionaire sent Gaddafi packing, but kept his money. Gaddafi is quoted in other U.S. diplomatic cables as saying he felt “humiliated” by his treatment, inspiring him to back out of the McCain deal.
At the time of the deal, Sen. McCain wrote on Twitter that he’d shared an “interesting meeting with an interesting man” (Gaddafi). That comment that has haunted McCain since the former dictator began slaughtering his own people.
McCain, later, changed his mind and also come out in favor of arming Libya’s rebels, tweeting: “I think we could do the same thing that we did in the Afghan struggle against the Russians. There are ways to get weapons in without direct U.S. supplying.”
Ah the good old US of A, embracing dictators for corporate interests since time in memoriam.