Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote a column on Dec. 26 on the topic of Gaddafi’s surrender, which began with a critique of a Washington Post headline on the event:
“Libya Vows to Give Up Banned Weapons; Two Decades of Sanctions, Isolation Wore Down Gaddafi”
— Washington Post headline, front-page news analysis, Dec. 20.
WASHINGTON — Yeah, sure. After 18 years of American sanctions, Gaddafi randomly picks Dec. 19, 2003, as the day for his surrender. By amazing coincidence, Gaddafi’s first message to Britain — principal U.S. war ally and conduit to White House war councils — occurs just days before the invasion of Iraq. And his final capitulation to U.S.-British terms occurs just five days after Saddam is fished out of a rat hole.