Reagan = years ahead of his time.
"I find he's not only a barbarian but he's flaky," Reagan said of Gadhafi.
Some U.S. allies — even a few officials within his own administration — thought Reagan was too fixated on Gadhafi, that he was building Gadhafi up.
But the president bristled at the Libyan leader's support for terrorist groups and revolutionaries. And he coined a nickname for him: the "mad dog of the Middle East." Gadhafi's goal, Reagan said, was "a Muslim fundamentalist revolution."
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