America's complicated history with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi goes back three decades. During Ronald Reagan's presidency, Gadhafi was public enemy No. 1, just as President John Kennedy's nemesis had been Cuba's Fidel Castro. Some U.S. allies and officials within Reagan own administration — thought Reagan was too fixated on Gadhafi.
In the 1986 a Berlin nightclub frequented by U.S. soldiers was bombed. In retaliation Ronald Regan order an air strike against Gaddafi’s tent, accidentally killing his young daughter and 40 other children. Gaddafi escaped unharmed. This was the beginning of bad relations between the US and Libya.