Libyan rebels pawing through the Tripoli compound of Moammar Gadhafi have stumbled on some odd things, as might be expected. One guy made off with Gadhafi’s famous hat and scepter.
They also seemed to enjoy rubbing the bottom of their shoes on Gadhafi’s face.
But the most disconcerting discovery may be the extensive photo album found in Gadhafi’s quarters featuring picture after picture of former Secretary of State Condi Rice.
The apparent fixation with our former secretary of state isn’t breaking news. As The Guardian noted in reporting about Rice’s 2008 visit to Libya:
“In an interview with al-Jazeera television last year, Gadafy spoke of Rice in unusual terms, calling her “Leezza”. “I support my darling black African woman,” he said. “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.”
After that meeting, Gadhafi gave Rice a diamond ring in a wooden box, a lute and a locket containing Gadhafi’s picture, later valued by the U.S. government at a total of $212,225. (Rice kept none of the gifts).
So you couldn’t blame Rice if she’s feeling a little creeped out by the discovery of the photo album.
– Jay Bookman