(Photo: Map of Operation El Dorado Canyon: April 15, 1986)
President Reagan and his staff discuss the reasons for conducting a Freedom of Navigation exercersise in the Gulf of Sidra in Libyan claimed territorial waters. President Reagan decides that the Freedom of Navigation exercise is necessary to challenge Colonal Qadhafi's claims to the Gulf of Sidra.
In this December 8, 1981 NSC meeting, President Reagan and his staff discuss the aftermath of the August 1981 Freedom of Navigatio challenge to Qadhafi's claims to the Gulf of Sidra.
Feb. 4, 1982: Next Steps on Libya
(NSC paper prepared for NSC 39 on February 4th, 1982.)
June 19, 1984: "Background Information on Terrorism for Edwin Meese." The report contains: 1) Shultz address to the trilateral commission; 2) Shultz statement to the HRAC (June 13, 1984), and 3) Draft Shultz speech on terrorism to the Johnathan Institute.
Memo from Oliver North, Howard Teicher andJames Stark to Donald Fortier, discussing what steps need to be taken before the U.S. attacks Libya. (Declassified 2010; Uploaded July 19, 2013.)
(An unsigned and undated memo, probably created in 1986.
An unsigned and undated memo, found in the Oliver North files at the Reagan Library, that lists terrorist incidents between 1980 and 1985 and Libyan involvement. (RL: WHSOF: North, Oliver L. Files. Folder: Reports/Memos re Libya Box 30.)
A Department of State paper that describes the political system in Libya. There is an accompanying chart that also depicts the system of power in Libya.)
This document, prepared by the Department of Staet for the one-year anniversary of economic sanctions against Libya, argues that American economic sanctions against Libya have been successful. In the cover letter, dated Jan. 12, 1987, Robert Oakley of the National Security Council argues that "Qadhafi is in many respects his own worst enemy; careful, coordinated diplomatic-economic-military pressure offers the best chance of minimizing his troublemaking and accelearating his self-destruction."
Memo from Robert Oakley to Colin Powell noting that "Libya's support for terrorism, as best as we can judge, has again increased to dangerous levels."