A Bromance Made in Heaven: Trump and Gaddafi
At long last my piece on Trump and Qadhafi has appeared in AJE. In it I advise Hillary on how to diagnose Trump’s craven approach to dictators and how to use it to counterattack him. If she would finally get off the defensive, this would get him and all the Republicans to finally shut up about Benghazi. Remember complacency is the enemy, and Hillary has to take the gloves off and hit Trump where it hurts.
It was more than their iconic hairdos that brought Trump and Muammar Gaddafi together. Trump long tried to court Gaddafi, apparently to license a Trump mega resort on Libya’s Mediterranean coast, and to potentially strike a deal with Libya’s burgeoning sovereign wealth fund. On many Fridays, the Libyan Ambassador to Washington at the time, AliAujali, left DC early for rounds of golf with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida….
Notwithstanding Trump’s baggage on Libya, the Republicans remain committed tokeeping “Benghazi” in the news cycle…
She didn’t defend her record on Libya at the Democratic National Convention. Herpassivity has let the media miss that it is Trump not Clinton who has a Gaddafi problem, which stems from his big picture infatuation with dictators, privileged access and revenge. In fact, the next time Trump so much as mentions the word Libya in a stump speech or debate, Clinton should hammer him with his own Libyan connections.
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