Sam Kinison intones about the Libyan bombing from his album Louder Than Hell,
“We only fucked up one place, we accidentally dropped a bomb on the French embassy. ‘Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa! Aw, sorry about that fellahs. I’m sure we would have had better aim if we had more FUCKING SLEEP! Thanks for those 6500 extra air miles, you fuckheads, BUILD A NEW HOUSE!’ BLAM!!!”
IIRC, Time magazine had some blurb about the Soviets being warned about the bombing–they had their boats in the harbor “lit up like Xmas trees”.
Giving the ferocity of the air defense in Tripoli, and the above reference in Time, it seem to me that Qaddafi been warned by other parties to be on guard. OTOH, with his adopted daughter getting killed, I can’t imagine that he’d be so ruthless as to allow that to happen. I’ve often wondered if we’d been better off quietly capturing and bringing to trial the responsible parties rather than inflame the rest of world with the attack. Or more darkly, assassination of said parties.
Villa, with events of so long ago, my mind is mush–which journalist(s) are we talking about?