Reports are still sketchy, but it appears likely now that Moammar Gaddafi was shot and killed today in his home city of Sirte. This causes me to reflect. I graduated from high school in 1987. One of my good friends graduated in 1986 and then went to Syracuse University. Thirty-five Syracuse students died when Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over Scotland in 1988. Fortunately, my friend was not one of them, but he knew several of the victims. Dick Cheney and George Bush decided that they’d rather have Gaddafi’s oil than keep him in perpetual pariah status, so they pretended that he had some massive WMD program that he had agreed to give up. The U.K. wanted Gaddafi’s oil, so they released the man responsible for the Pan Am bombing.

I advised against getting the U.S. involved in Libya’s civil war. But, I have to say that I prefer Obama’s methods to the methods of Bush and Cheney. I swear that if Usama bin-Laden had possessed oil fields, Bush and Cheney would have allowed him to repent and then made a deal with him.

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