The PJ Tatler

US, allies once again seeking home for Gaddafi

Here’s a radical suggestion: Perhaps we should defeat him first.

The Obama administration has begun seeking a country, most likely in Africa, that might be willing to provide shelter to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi if he were forced out of Libya, even as a new wave of intelligence reports suggest that no rebel leader has emerged as a credible successor to the Libyan dictator.

The intense search for a country to accept Colonel Qaddafi has been conducted quietly by the United States and its allies, even though the Libyan leader has shown defiance in recent days, declaring that he has no intention of yielding to demands that he leave his country, and intensifying his bombardment of the rebel city of Misurata.

Gaddafi is also, in Charlie Sheen fashion, winning. It’s a bit tough to dislodge a dictator when we can’t decide which side we’re on, when the rebellion is a Potemkin uprising that includes elements of our worst enemies, and when we’re leaving NATO to fight by steering committee. As it is, we just look ridiculous. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Gaddafi retorted that he’s looking for a home for Obama and Sarkozy.