Department of unwanted endorsements

Brown Lloyd James,  a PR agency that represents the Libyan government, just sent out a press release about Muammar Qaddafi’s speech via satellite to students at the London School of Economics today. (Incidentally, his son Saif is in LSE grad.) Qaddafi has some surprisingly positive things to say about President Obama: Commenting on Libyan-American relations, ...

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Brown Lloyd James,  a PR agency that represents the Libyan government, just sent out a press release about Muammar Qaddafi's speech via satellite to students at the London School of Economics today. (Incidentally, his son Saif is in LSE grad.) Qaddafi has some surprisingly positive things to say about President Obama:

Commenting on Libyan-American relations, Mr. Gaddafi denounced the United States international adventurism in recent years and the war in Iraq, but added that he believes America had changed since the election of Barack Obama as President.  "He doesn’t want to maintain American colonialism in Iraq or Afghanistan," the Libyan Leader said.  "Now America is wise and reasonable and I support Obama—I hope he stays for 8 years."

Don't think we'll be seeing that one in a 2012 campaign ad. I also wonder if Qaddafi might be trying to do some damage control after a WikiLeaked U.S. cable described his eccentric behavior, particularly a flip-out at this treatment while attending the U.N. General Assembly in New York last month. 

Brown Lloyd James,  a PR agency that represents the Libyan government, just sent out a press release about Muammar Qaddafi’s speech via satellite to students at the London School of Economics today. (Incidentally, his son Saif is in LSE grad.) Qaddafi has some surprisingly positive things to say about President Obama:

Commenting on Libyan-American relations, Mr. Gaddafi denounced the United States international adventurism in recent years and the war in Iraq, but added that he believes America had changed since the election of Barack Obama as President.  "He doesn’t want to maintain American colonialism in Iraq or Afghanistan," the Libyan Leader said.  "Now America is wise and reasonable and I support Obama—I hope he stays for 8 years."

Don’t think we’ll be seeing that one in a 2012 campaign ad. I also wonder if Qaddafi might be trying to do some damage control after a WikiLeaked U.S. cable described his eccentric behavior, particularly a flip-out at this treatment while attending the U.N. General Assembly in New York last month. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating

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