Friday, July 15, 2011


[Hillary Clinton in Istanbul] We accomplished important things in today’s meeting of the Libya Contact Group. We heard from the TNC about its plans for setting Libya on a path toward security and progress in the post-Qadhafi era. The TNC gave us important assurances regarding its intention to pursue democratic reform that is inclusive geographically and politically, and to uphold Libya’s international obligations and to disburse funds in a transparent manner, to address the humanitarian and other needs of the Libyan people.

The United States is impressed by the progress the TNC has made in laying the groundwork for a successful transition to a unified democratic Libya which protects the rights of all of its citizens, including women and minority groups.

The assurances the TNC offered today reinforce our confidence that it is the appropriate interlocutor for the United States in dealing with Libya’s present and addressing Libya’s future. That is why I announced earlier that until an interim authority is in place, the United States will recognize the TNC as the legitimate governing authority for Libya.

  US State Dept

What is she smoking? I wonder if Qadafi, who as far as I know, is actually still the leader of that country, would recognize me as the legitimate governing authority for the US? I suppose all that remains now is for us to murder the man. We’ve already announced his demise. The “post-Qadhafi era” is about to bloom.

Still no definition of the process by which legitimacy is conferred or withdrawn, despite the fact that US foreign policy seems to be based on our ability to discern and measure the magical property of legitimacy without having to resort to anything as old-fashioned as an election.


Or even an actual overthrow.

How cheeky can you get?

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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