The New York Times today confirmed that the night before the Oct. 20 assassination of Muammar Qaddafi by a NATO-directed air and ground attack on his convoy, there was a 90-minute meeting at the White House to consider the ex-Libyan leader's fate, among other issues coming up following the NATO regime- change campaign. At the White House session, late in the night of Oct. 19, three options were presented to President Obama: capture Qaddafi and try him in Libya; capture Qaddafi and try him at the International Criminal Court in the Hague; or kill him. Both the Libyan and Hague trials were rejected because of anticipated political problems (Libya has no functional judicial system, and a trial in the Hague would be considered a violation of Libyan sovereignty). While the Times report did not draw the conclusion, the point is clear: The kill order was given, and within less than 24 hours, Qaddafi was dead. All of the media B.S. about young rebel soldiers taking matters into their own hands was just that — B.S.
A US/NATO intelligence unit identified Qaddafi's whereabouts, and air strikes were ordered on the caravan — reported to be showing white surrender flags on the vehicles, a war crime (if confirmed). First, a US drone fired, and later French fighter jets bombed the cars. News reports from the Guardian indicated that there were British and French commandos on the scene, along with the Libyan rebels. The ground forces were totally coordinated with the air attacks and the advance intelligence monitoring. It was a coordinated military operation, and, according to the New York Times, "the killing of Colonel Qaddafi was one of the three scenarios considered last Wednesday." According to the Times account, a task force, under the direction of Derek Chollet, senior director of strategic planning for the National Security Council, was established in March, when the U.S. military operations first were launched. Pentagon, Justice Department, and State Department officials, along with representatives from other agencies, were involved in the task force all the way through to the Qaddafi execution