Much has been made of National Security Advisor John Bolton’s remark that the “Libya Model” would make a good example for handling northern Korea’s nuclear weapons and its nuclear weapons development program. That todo is centered on what the NLMSM is pleased to describe as the “Libya Model.” Deutsche Welle‘s characterization is typical:
…North Korea could end up like Libya, which found itself in a civil war and its leader killed after giving up its nuclear weapons.
That’s not the Libya Model; it’s a deliberate conflation of two separate events. The Libya Model is this. Libya under Muammar Gaddafi had been subject to economic and political sanction as a result of its complicity in a number of terrorist acts for some years. The US’ burning Saddam Hussein’s evil government in early 2003 was the final straw: in late 2003, Gaddafi agreed to give up his nuclear weapons program, and international facilities shortly after the agreement dismantled and removed all traces of it. Libya lived peacefully with its neighbors in the ensuing years, and the incidence of its participation in terrorist activities fell off sharply, even if Gaddafi did continue to sorely abuse his own people.
Fully eight years later, an entirely separate event occurred. As part of the Arab Spring of 2011, the Libyan people revolted against Gaddafi’s thuggish rule, and with the active support of European air power and American refueling aircraft and ordnance resupply (the European nations quickly ran out of bombs—literally—and had to be resupplied by us; those same nations also had no air refueling tankers of their own; two examples of a level of preparation that might sound familiar today), they succeeded in overthrowing the Gaddafi regime.
These cynical misrepresentations by the NLMSM do not help in dealing with rogue gangs like northern Korea’s rulers.