Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had such an effect on Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi that he kept a lovingly preserved album full of her pictures in his compound.
Rebels found the book after they stormed the Bab-al-Aziziya complex on Tuesday, making off with the 69-year-old strongman’s personal effects, including his military cap, walking stick, and wig.
But the album full of glossy photographs of Rice was the most surprising find. She visited him in Tripoli in 2008 at a time when he was trying to worm his way back into international acceptance. The two shared a late-night meal to celebrate “a new chapter” in relationships between Libya and the United States.
The previous year, Gadhafi positively glowed when talking about Rice, calling her his “darling black woman, mistress of the Arab slaves” in an interview with al-Jazeera television.
“I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders,” he said. “Leezza, Leezza, Leezza . . . I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”
Rice later described their meeting as “interesting,” adding, “I didn't know what to expect. Once we were into the discussion, it was, frankly, a pretty normal diplomatic exchange about Africa and about the U.S. role there.”
She said he told her he was “very proud that there was an African-American woman in the White House.”
However, she said, “It didn't interfere with our discussion in any way.”
The revelation of the Rice photo album comes as no surprise to psychoanalyst G. Heath King, who in March wrote an article for Newsmax that described Gadhafi’s attraction to powerful women.
“He surrounds himself with his Amazonian Guard, a cadre of 30 female bodyguards who have all taken a vow of virginity and a pledge to give their lives to defend their leader,” King wrote. “They are in a sense chastely “married” to Gadhafi with their energy and commitment solely directed to this end.”
The despot’s attraction to Rice is an extension of that, King tells Newsmax. “Gadhafi’s mother was a trained archer, and it would make a lot of sense that he would find himself attracted to someone powerful like Condoleezza Rice. What better way is there for a dictator than to usurp the power of his adversary?”
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