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Lockerbie Bomber Living Large in Libya

The Lockerbie bomber’s alive and well in Libya. What’s the Obama administration gonna do about it? (Click here to watch this segment of The Hicks File on PJTV.)

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Joe Hicks

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August 5, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Here it is important to remind you of the lame posturing of President Obama, who claimed, after being prompted by NBC’s Brian Williams, that he needed answers to questions about the Gulf oil disaster so he’d know “whose ass to kick.”

Posturing or not, and yes completely lame, this was Obama’s best attempt at sounding like a tough, determined president.

Yet the administration appears impotent in the face of the revelation that al-Magrahi, almost a year later, is not only very much alive, but is living in luxury in a villa in Libya.

The question is, what did the Obama administration know and when did they know it?

The Scottish justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, discussed the release of the Lockerbie bomber with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder. They didn’t protest the release; both apparently only expressed “displeasure” that al-Magrahi was being released early.

But nearly a year has passed and the administration has done nothing. Even though several U.S. senators, including John Kerry, Frank Lautenberg, and Richard Lugar, have called for a Senate hearing on this issue, none have been convened.

Obama met recently with British Prime Minister David Cameron. At a joint press conference, Obama said that “all of us … were surprised, disappointed and angry” by the decision to release al-Magrahi.

But this is disingenuous crap.

In a feature story in the Sunday Times, it was reported that the deputy head of the U.S. Embassy in London sent a memo to Scottish officials arguing against the release, but said a release on grounds of “compassion” would be preferable to a straight-out prisoner exchange. The Obama official said he would rather see al-Magrahi released in Scotland than transferred to a Libyan prison.

Now, this isn’t exactly hard-assed negotiations — by any government’s standards!

Obama could have talked with Nancy Reagan — she’d have told him to “just say no” to the Brits.

But even more damming, according to the Sunday Times, is that Scottish officials viewed U.S. resistance to the bomber’s release as only “half-hearted.”

Further, the United Kingdom has released all documents leading up to the release of the Lockerbie bomber, but the U.S. documents remain classified. What’s Obama hiding?

The families of 189 dead Americans deserve answers.

Now, we’ve heard some “ass-kicking” language directed at those responsible for the Gulf oil spill, but a more dangerous toxic blob was released and belched up on a beach in Libya nearly a year ago.

And even though there have been new revelations about al-Magrahi’s release and his health condition, all we get from Obama is a weak White House press conference.

A Libyan mass-killer was set free after vaporizing 189 innocent Americans, yet Obama can’t seem to figure out whose “ass needs kicking.”

I have a suggestion for the president: take a long look in the mirror.

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Joe R. Hicks is a political commentator and the vice president of Community Advocates.
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