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FRANCE'S CLIENT & QADDAFI'S GOLD

by ARGeezer Fri Aug 5th, 2016 at 02:53:40 AM EST

It is not often that we get such frank discussions of the practicalities of recent realpolitik diplomacy as in this e-mail that Sidney Blumenthal sent to Hillary Clinton, then US Secretary of State: (via Wikileaks)

For: Hillary From: Sid

Re: France's client & Qaddafi's gold

 1. A high ranking official on the National Libyan Council states that factions have developed within it. In part this reflects the cultivation by France in particular of clients among the rebels. General Abdelfateh Younis is the leading figure closest to the French, who are believed to have made payments of an unknown amount to him. Younis has told others on the NLC that the French have promised they will provide military trainers and arms. So far the men and materiel have not made an appearance. Instead, a few "risk assessment analysts" wielding clipboards have come and gone. Jabril, Jalil and others are impatient. It is understood that France has clear economic interests at stake. Sarkozy's occasional emissary, the intellectual self-promoter Bernard Henri-Levy, is considered by those in the NLC who have dealt with him as a semi-useful, semi joke figure. 2. Rumors swept the NLC upper echelon this week that Qaddafi may be dead or maybe not. 3. Qaddafi has nearly bottomless financial resources to continue indefinitely, according to the latest report we have received:
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Hat tip to Stavros Karageorgis for the Wikileaks link.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Aug 5th, 2016 at 03:14:57 AM EST
From the link (April 2, 2011):

According to these individuals Sarkozy's plans are driven by the following issues:

a.A desire to gain a greater share of Libya oil production,
b. Increase French influence in North Africa,
c.Improve his internal political situation in France,
d. Provide the French military with an opportunity to reassert its position in the world,
e.Address the concern of his advisors over Qaddafi's long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in,Francophone Africa.

All you need to know about our former president who wants to be re-elected next year.

by Bernard on Fri Aug 5th, 2016 at 08:16:10 PM EST
Well, Qaddafi's long term plans certainly became irrelevant. Mission accomplished there. I don't know what happened to the gold, not that anyone would acknowledge having grabbed it. And I suppose the France can now have as much influence in West Africa as it can afford.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Aug 5th, 2016 at 08:26:07 PM EST
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But if Sarkozy wins reelection he should thank Hollande for providing him with the most help.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Aug 5th, 2016 at 08:28:28 PM EST
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