Rogue State: @WhiteHouse Jokes About Assassinating Foreign Leaders

At the end of the May 2, 2011 White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney joked about assassinating Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi.

Q    Jay, almost lost in this news is the NATO strike against Qaddafi’s compound on Saturday, where his son was killed and three of his grandchildren.  Is it — does the White House believe that that mission was in keeping with carrying out the U.N. resolution?

      MR. CARNEY:  Yes.  And I think there have been ample — there’s been ample commentary about that from NATO.  So we do believe that, and obviously continue to focus on that mission as we do on other missions.

      Q    Is there a message there to Qaddafi in this?

      MR. CARNEY:  You could say that.  (Laughter.)  Thank you.

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