This is not a report from The Onion: as Libyan rebels stormed the mansion of Moammar Gadhafi¹, they found — along with items like a "golden mermaid couch" that belonged to his daughter, whatever that means² — a photo album full of pictures of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I know the Libyan civil war is an extremely serious issue, and many people have lost their lives in an effort to win their freedom, but this is just bananas:
The former U.S. Secretary of State paid a visit to Tripoli in 2008 during a brief interlude that saw Gadhafi begin to be welcomed back into the international fold. As Jason Ukman of the Washington Post wrote on Wednesday, "it was only three short years ago that Rice shared a late-night dinner with Gaddafi to break the Ramadan fast, three short years ago that the United States and Libya were celebrating what was to be a new chapter in their relations."
In a 2007 interview with al-Jazeera television, Gadhafi spoke of Rice in glowing terms. "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."
I don't know what I was expecting from a man who created his own James Bond-ian sexy-lady security force, but I am still having a hard time understanding that this isn't satire. Jesus, this guy is weird.
¹How many ways can you spell "Tsar Moammar Gaddafi celebrates Hanukkah"? Go!
²It means this. Does anyone else notice how much the architecture resembles the Arrested Development set? Life really does imitate art.