Michael Isikoff, Newsweek | August 18, 2009
Relations between the US and Libya are set to improve again next month when Muammar Kaddafi visits New York to address the UN. ++ Washington is seeking increased cooperation on confronting Al Qaeda in North Africa whilst Kaddafi aims for US arms trade. ++ A “senior State Department official concedes [that] Kaddafi doesn't run a ‘model government,’ but that better relations make sense because Libya is ‘strategically’ located." ++ Despite Obama’s handshake with Kaddafi at last month’s G8 summit any arms trade remains distant at best.