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Curt Weldon is in Libya

Former Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Curt Weldon (1987-2007) is in Tripoli, Libya, trying to persuade Colonel Qaddafi to step down.

Curt Weldon is in Libya

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     Former Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Curt Weldon (1987-2007) is in Tripoli, Libya, trying to persuade Colonel Qaddafi to step down.

 

     Weldon met  Qaddafi before, in 2004, when he travelled to Tripoli as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation expressing support for the Libyan leader’s decision to give up his nuclear weapons. And the former congressman had lots of experience in dealing with bad regimes:  he made repeat visits to Pyongyang trying to persuade leaders there to give up their nukes. 

       This time he’s visiting at the invitation of Qaddafi’s chief of staff, with the knowledge of the White House and congressional leaders. He’s written an op-ed in today’s New York Times explaining what he’s up to.  Wish him luck!

Trudy Rubin Inquirer Opinion Columnist
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Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. In 2009-2011 she has made four lengthy trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Over the past seven years, she visited Iraq eleven times, and also wrote from Iran, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, China, and South Korea.

She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.

Reach Trudy at trubin@phillynews.com.

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