Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is "delusional" and "unfit to lead", the United States ambassador to the United Nations has said, adding to this "In this respect, he is no different to our own leaders."
Susan Rice was speaking after Colonel Gaddafi had been interviewed by the BBC.
She said the fact he was laughing at questions while "slaughtering his own people", showed not that he had a sense of humour, but that he was disconnected from reality in a way that only Americans would understand.
During his interview, Col Gaddafi claimed he was loved by all his people and denied there had been any protests in Tripoli. This is almost exactly the way George Bush spoke about US citizens, despite the fact that a poll at the time declared that more than 95% of Americans wanted him dead, with 83% of that number admitting that they wanted to kill him themselves. 'Delusional' is a good word here.
World leaders have been quick to condemn Colonel Gaddafi, but seem to have forgotten what absolute prats both Mr Bush and UK Prime Minister of his time, Tony Blair, were like.
Indeed, most people in the US are delusional, and regualrly fool themselves about how great it is to be American, and how wonderful it is to live 'freely' in the US. Of course, none of this is true, but American propaganda systems work far better than those in developing countries, and the truth is more-or-less easily kept away from the public domain.
Political commentator Moys Kenwood told me earlier:
"Libyans and Americans - what's the difference? One has 'Liby' at the start of the word, and the other has 'Americ'. Apart from that, they're pretty similar. Their leaders are both nutters who trample their way over people to impose their wills, and show scant regard for anyone in their path. At least Colonel Gaddafi makes no bones about his methods. What you see is what you get, not like with the Americans who dress everything up in a slogan, and 'pretend to be your friends' whilst ripping your hearts out'. Delusional? Colonel Gaddafi would make a perfect President of the United States."