This is happening:
In today’s bit of bizarre news, an album filled with photographs of Condoleeza Rice has been uncovered at Moammar Gadhafi’s compound. The Libyan dictator apparently kept a collection of photos of the former Secretary of State on her travels and at various diplomatic appearances. From the looks of the photos, Gadhafi was using Google Image quite a great deal to save images of Ms. Rice.
While Gadhafi may not have agreed with the U.S. diplomat’s stance on many issues, he did admire how she carried herself. In an interview with Al Jazeera in 2007, the Libyan dictator mused about his dearest Condi saying:
“I support my darling black African woman. I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders … Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. … I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”
Gadhafi had his first meeting with Rice when she visited Libya in 2008 and had dinner with him to break the Ramadan fast. At one point during the dinner, Gadhafi managed to get some alone time with Condi. According to an Associated Press report from 2008:
Gadhafi remained still and somber, though his face lit up when he saw Rice. Many devout Muslim men do not shake the hands of women, and when Rice approached, Gadhafi simply placed his right hand over his chest, a traditional and respectful welcome.
While Rice had made it past the reporters, her aides did not. The brief gap in the reporters’ bodies quickly closed behind her. Gadhafi was prepared to meet her staff, but there was no sign of them. “That’s strange. They were right behind me,” a baffled Rice told Gadhafi.
The visit, which was much maligned by many in the Arab world and American foreign policy critics here in the states, was the first visit of a Secretary of State to Libya in over five decades. The Bush Administration, looking to drum up support in the region, argued the trip would the beginning of a new start between the U.S. and Libya. Funny how time flies.
In other news, Gadhafi’s compound in Bab al-Aziziya has become a treasure trove for anyone in the market for vintage eccentric dictator fashions. So far rebels have uncovered several of the leader’s military hats, gold chains and scepters.