Monday, August 29, 2011
According to a Wikileaks diplomatic cable, as recently as 2009, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain promised to help Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi obtain U.S. military hardware. Not exactly what I would call sound judgement from the Old Coot.
Here is the actual Wikileaks diplomatic cable:
Cable 09TRIPOLI677, CODEL MCCAIN MEETS MUAMMAR AND MUATASSIM AL-QADHAFI
5.(C) Senator McCain assured Muatassim that the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its TRIPOLI 00000677 002.2 OF 002 security. He stated that he understood Libya's requests regarding the rehabilitation of its eight C130s (ref D) and pledged to see what he could do to move things forward in Congress. He encouraged Muatassim to keep in mind the long-term perspective of bilateral security engagement and to remember that small obstacles will emerge from time to time that can be overcome. He described the bilateral military relationship as strong and pointed to Libyan officer training at U.S. Command, Staff, and War colleges as some of the best programs for Libyan military participation.