Nice as it would have been to see Moammar Gadhafi brought to justice in court, it’s hard to feel regret over the news that the Libyan dictator was killed today as rebels finally took control of his hometown of Sirte. After 42 years of his brutal rule and an eight-month uprising, Libya is finally free to pursue a stable new government of the people. For the U.S., the goal now becomes supporting Libya’s Transitional National Council while winding down the NATO presence in the country. As of Sept. 30, the cost of U.S. military operations in Libya was $1.1 billion.
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