Speaking today at an event in Plymouth, N.H., Vice President Joe Biden discussed the death of Moammar Gadhafi:
You kind of see in what just happened in Libya. Now, I don’t know, when I got off the plane, I was talking to the national security council to determine whether or not we in fact had proof that the TNC, this outfit, the rebels, and the government now, the acting government of Libya, had killed Khaddafy. I don’t know the answer to that. I can’t confirm that personally now. But look how that all came about.
For years and years we’ve been talking about burden sharing in NATO. Everybody carrying their fair share, not the United States carrying the load and spending all the money for the whole world. So you remember when the president and I came along and said, look, we will support NATO, we’ll support NATO, but NATO has to take the lead.
That’s what it was designed to do. It’s not supposed to be the U.S. runs NATO. It was supposed to be NATO, which we are a part of, the most important part of, is able to act.
So in this changed world because of all the different wars and because as the 2 blocs have broken down and there’s only one superpower left, and it’s no longer the way it was when the Soviet Union existed. We have a whole new set of problems. We don’t have 18,000 ICBMs aimed at the United States, which is a wonderful thing, but we also have emerging nations in chaos and new movements and the rest. So in this terrible beauty, this “all’s changed” world, what happened? NATO got it right.
NATO got it right. And guess what? Libya- Khaddafy, one way or another is gone, whether he’s alive or dead, he’s gone. The people of Libya have gotten rid of a dictator of 40 years who I personally knew, this is one tough, not-so-nice guy. And guess what? They’ve got a chance now. But what happened? In this case, America spent $2 billion dollars total and didn’t lose a single life.
This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward than it has been in the past. So that’s an example of how the world’s beginning to work together a little bit better. A lot of problems out there, but this is what’s going on.