Libya, Gaddafi, and the West, 1

The tragedy of Libya has revealed a lot of western secrets and scandals. It has showed us behind the scenes, and it’s really helpful to understand the western politics. Lets have a look at one of these shameful secrets and scandals. Gaddafi youngest son, Khamis Gaddafi, 27, was visiting US military schools and weapons makers in January and February 2011! Khamis Gaddafi was in the third week of an “internship”! that took him across the US to hone his leadership skills! Someone with knowledge of his program told CNN his 36-day planned internship began in Houston on January 21, 2011 when he was to meet with officials from AECOM, the global engineering and design company that sponsored the program Since 2008, AECOM has been involved in a multibillion-dollar initiative with Libya to modernize the country’s infrastructure! The next day’s classes in leadership and program management were to be followed by a visit to the Johnson Space Center, a class in traffic and emergency management and a “business dinner” at Willie G’s, a steakhouse and seafood place. Visits with oil company and other business executives were scheduled around lunch at the Coronado Club. On January 29, Gaddafi was scheduled to travel to Los Angeles, where he was to receive a VIP tour of Universal Studios, meet with Silicon Valley and other business leaders there and in San Francisco and then travel to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado Academy spokesman John Van Winkle told CNN that Gaddafi was given “a standard tour” during his visit on February 7. The next morning, he was slated to fly to Chicago for more training with AECOM lawyers on such topics as “global contract management” and “foreign corrupt practices training !!” It was in Chicago that he attended Chopra’s three-day leadership class at the Kellogg School of Business. The author of “The Soul of Leadership” noted to the class the turmoil faced by Hosni Mubarak. “ We were analyzing in the class why Mubarak was going through this and why it would have a ripple effect. He (Gadhafi) was taking notes extensively.” Chopra added, “I purposely didn’t mention his dad because I thought it would be impolite !!!!” Gadhafi next traveled to Washington, where he met with defense contractors, including representatives of Northrop Grumman. On February 16, a day after unrest erupted in his country, Gadhafi traveled to New York for more meetings and meals with business leaders. On February 17, 2011 he cut short his internship, missing out on a planned tour of West Point, his choice of the Broadway shows “Mamma Mia” or “Jersey Boys” and a final leg to Boston for meetings with professors at Harvard University. Instead, he returned to Libya to lead the 32nd Reinforced Brigade against rebel forces

Paul Gennaro, the senior vice president and chief communications officer for AECOM said the company was “shocked and outraged” !! to learn of the young Libyan’s role in his country’s crisis !!!! “We were aware of the student’s family relationship, but we were not informed of any military connection whatsoever” !! he said. The State Department helped facilitate an educational visit to the US this year by Khamis al-Gaddafi, a 27-year-old military commander who became a prominent figure in the violent crackdown against Libyan protesters, according to AECOM that hosted the visit Khamis Gaddafi is the commander of Libya’s 32nd Reinforced Brigade, a special-forces unit that has been heavily involved in the fighting against rebel groups. There have been reports that he died this week from injuries sustained when a Libyan pilot crashed his plane into an army barracks where the commander was staying. The Air Force Academy confirms that a son of Gaddafi visited the school last month during a U.S. tour that included businesses and other schools. The State Department is pushing back against the suggestion it “approved” an internship for Gaddafi’s son. But the company says that the State Department knew about, and approved of the internship. In the uprising, Khamis has been in charge of the “Khamis Brigade,” described by Al Jazeera as the Libyan army’s best trained and equipped elite special forces unit. U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear described the brigade as a “premier force for Colonel Gaddafi”.

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