One of the more curious features of this morning’s Security Council meeting on non-proliferation was the conspicuous absence of the Libyan head of state.  Libya, after all, serves on the Security Council so it was expected that he’d participate in this morning’s session.  Instead, Libya was represented by its UN ambassador. 

An enterprising reporter asked Susan Rice for the United States’ reaction to Kadaffi’s absence from the meeting.  Rice was, shall we say, diplomatic in her response.

Reporter: Was the U.S. happy to see that Qadhafi was not at the meeting, or not so because it didn’t show that much support from the Libyans in regards to this —

Ambassador Rice: We were very happy to see Libya support this resolution.

Perhaps Kadaffi took to heart his own injunction yesterday to abolish the Security Council?

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