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The 2003 Bargain with Qaddafi

February 25, 2011

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Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Tripoli on September 5, 2008.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Tripoli on September 5, 2008. (Stringer(LIBYA)/Courtesy Reuters)

In an article in the Wall Street Journal today, I discuss the bargain struck between the United States and Libya in December 2003. Under it, Qaddafi abandoned support for terrorism and handed over his nuclear, chemical, and missile programs. In return, the United States ended sanctions against Libya, exchanged ambassadors, and muted its opposition to his regime. How that bargain looks today is the subject of the piece.

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