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Gates on Libya: Then and Now

On his trip to Russia Robert Gates said that attempting to assassinate Gaddafi would not be a good idea, claiming “I think it’s important that we operate within the mandate of the UN Security Council resolution.’’–Aljazeera

 And “I don’t think we ought do anything to encourage partition or division of these countries,” Gates said. “I think that would be a real formula for instability.” –quoted in the National Journal.

“In 1985, sounding very much like one of today’s neoconservative hawks, the then head of intelligence analysis at the CIA drafted a plan for a joint U.S.-Egyptian military operation to invade Libya, overthrow Col. Muamar Ghaddafi, and “redraw the map of North Africa.” On the basis of this idea, CIA Director Casey, sometimes said to be the man who invented Gates, ordered up a list of Libyan targets and the National Security Council developed a plan to have Egypt attack Libya with U.S. air support and seize half the country. The Joint Chiefs drew up plans for a military operation involving 90,000 troops. Alarmed, the State Department subsequently succeeded in downsizing Gates proposal to “contingency” status.’’—James Ridgeway,Mother Jones