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October 24, 2011

Hillary and Libya: “V” is Very, Very Extraordinary

If Barack Obama has been playing down the victory in Libya, that hasn’t stopped Hillary Clinton from serving as his alter ego. In this tarmac shot in Tripoli, taken just two days before Gaddafi was spotted by French fighter jets and then killed by NTC fighters on the ground, we see Hillary and her new government friends celebrating regime change.

It wouldn’t have surprised me one bit, however, if this same photo had been taken two days after Gaddafi was terminated. After all, wasn’t Hillary the hawk when it came to the NATO engagement — the elimination of Gaddafi always the unstated goal of the mission? Then finally, if this is one of those photos that could come back and bite you either from the standpoint of bloodthirst, or if Libya does go south, well, an approaching retirement means there’s not a whole lot of downside anywhere.

(photo: Kevin Lamarque/AP caption: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestured with revolutionary forces before she departed Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, October 18th.)

  • Dave McLane

    Here’s “Crazy Hillary” again with her trademark wide open eyes. Almost everybody else in the photo is also smiling but she’s the only one whose eyebrows are lifted up (note the furrows on her forehead). I wonder how many other people smile like this?

    • Thomas


    • glenn

      Lot of people do, caught in a split second with a continuous shutter camera. Try it yourself.

    • glenn

      Lot of people do, caught in a split second with a continuous shutter camera. Try it yourself.

  • bks

    It would be more appropriate if she was posing with one foot on Khadaffi’s corpse’s chest.


  • Bill BeSt BuY

    us air force is always on board. but these trains was very hard for the previous years.

  • Madrantz

     Is Secretary Clinton or the Bush Administration to blame For United Nations Illegitimacy and Ineffectiveness?

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  • Thomas Gokey

    That was the first thing I thought of too. Another photograph chosen to show a female political figure with “crazy eyes.” I’d be very curious to see the other photographs from the same event. Was there a choice made here to pick this particular photo among similar ones?

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