Saturday, February 26, 2011

On February 26

On this day in ...
... 2004, in an executive order, U.S. President George W. Bush lifted some restrictions on contacts with Libya. The move followed Libya's December 2003 pledge to dismantle its nuclear technology program, which was aimed at producing nuclear weapons but which was far from that goal at the time of the pledge. The New York Times reported:

The partial lifting of sanctions enables Libya, which produces about 1.4 million barrels of oil every day, to draw back American oil companies. A number of American companies, including Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum and ConocoPhillips, have already indicated interest in exploring new relationships with Libya.

Any such relationships are again in doubt given bloody attacks by leader Moammar Gadhafi (prior posts) on Libyan civilians who are demonstrating against his regime. Indeed, current events are provoking not only new U.S. sanctions, but also questions about the wisdom of the thawing of U.S.-Libya relations that began on this day in 2004.

(Prior February 26 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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