He was defacto King, but he actually did reasonably well for his people and pretty much quit the international terror scene after Bush read him the riot act.
I agree, and especially after he got his house bombed. He chilled quite a bit. Still a SOB, but nowhere near the current Islamist SOB's. Now what do we have with the Arab Spring in Libya? Islamists running wild! As they are doing all over the Middle East. I predict that this radical Islam will spread world-wide, especially into Indonesia (the largest Muslim county in the world). Just watch...you read it here first. And I want a prize if I'm correct...haha!
Interestingly, that under Gaddafy's rule, women were allowed almost the same rights as men. Now that the Islamists have take over, well, just read. Not sure which faction of Islam they are (Sunni or Shia), but both are equally non rights.
I just wish that Saudi Arabia (Sunni/Salafi/Wahabissm) would go to war with Iran (Shi'a) and kill each other until they no longer exist. I'd be fine with supplying the Saudis with more weaponry to be on equal footing with Iran so they could fight a 10 year war. That would keep those barbarians busy so they would ignore us, hopefully. I think it would be worth our tax dollars.
Now that we have all this shale oil popping up everywhere, we simply don't need Saudi Arabia anymore, nor Venezuela. But then our current president is a Muslim who bowed to a Saudi king, so that is unlikely to happen in the near future. However, that prick won't be here forever.