Moammar and Leezza Sittin’ in a Tree
Posted on Aug 25, 2011
An album filled with photos of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was discovered in the seized compound of embattled Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. In a 2007 interview, he referred to Rice as “my darling black African woman” and gave her the pet name “Leezza.”
He would get to meet his “darling” soon after, as the United States and Libya negotiated an easing of relations and an end to Libya’s weapons-of-mass-destruction aspirations. Perhaps Gadhafi’s crush played some role in that rare foreign policy achievement for the Bush administration. —PZS
In an interview in 2007 with Al-Jazeera TV, Gadhafi gushed about the former secretary of State, the Associated Press reports.
“I support my darling black African woman,” he said. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. ... 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.”
AP / Sergey Ponomarev
Rebel fighters look through an album of Condoleezza Rice photos inside Moammar Gadhafi’s compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya. Over the years, Gadhafi’s comments and actions related to the former U.S. secretary of state have raised eyebrows.