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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

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US officials have now spoken out concerning the alleged UK plan to rescue Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from riots in Libya. After the angry reaction by French diplomats earlier today, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has said that the US 'would not condone' any mission to Libya that did not 'meet the needs of the people, and fully integrate the aspirations of the US domestic economy'.

Announcing a new stance on the situation in Libya, Clinton said that any attempt to preempt the situation was to be avoided, and that US commercial interests had to take a back seat until things settled down. She went on to say that British and French interests would therefore have to take a back seat to the US back seat.

"Following the use of what appears to have been UK and French weapons recently in Libya, I have instructed the State Department to find out what went wrong. This is a regrettable situation - don't they realize that American weapons are renowned as some of the best in the world?"

"Our new initiative, operation Desert Smarm, is now underway, and I can assure the Libyan people that we support the idea of the concept of regime change in certain, but not all, circumstances, sometimes. We even support regime change where the original regime stays in power but changes a bit."

She went on: "But this is far too early for conjecture regarding the outcome of the current troubles. Suffice to say that the people of the world are watching, from Washington. And they are waiting to see how much their gas is going to cost."

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