Senator: Remarks about Libya 'should be the final straw' for Clapper
March 10th, 2011
05:09 PM ET
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Senator: Remarks about Libya 'should be the final straw' for Clapper

Washington (CNN) – Testimony by the director of national intelligence has prompted a leading Senate Republican to call for his resignation even as other senators expressed support.

In a statement, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, criticized James Clapper's statement, given during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, that Moammar Gadhafi's regime would "prevail" over the rebels in Libya.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would just like to politely say to Lindsay, STFU.

    March 10, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. BeanerECMO

    He may prevail. They weren't detailed answers, because the senators could not connect the dots. When he was asked about who he considered mortal enemies, he said China and Russia. Why not Muslim exrtremists? Financially, they could bleed us dry over decades, while China, with Russia's help, could bleed us dry in an instant and have modern weapons to do virtually whatever they wanted with impunity given the type of administration we have; and we know we can really count on Europe. Muslim extremists would be the constant drip of Chinese water torture, and we know that sustainment is not in the lexicon of regressives (aka progressives). So, we would give up much as we did in Viet Nam even though we could have easily won it militarily, but we don't have the intestinal fortitude to do what needs to be done – annihilation; just like the WWII. why are some in an all-fired hurry to get in there? We know who would carry the bulk of the responsibility and cost; we cannot not afford it in blood or money.

    March 10, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    I think Clapper was right. I think that the people of Libya do not WANT change, badly enough to achieve it.

    It is up to them, to either do whatever it takes to win, or to lay down and give up.

    March 10, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. James Clay

    Clapper has a history of public remarks that make him sound like he is detached from reality. I think he should go.
    Unfortunately, he is probably right about the Gadhafi regime surviving.

    March 10, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Levin suggested Clapper needs to be more careful with his words."

    So he, Manchin, Graham and others basically were saying "you need to give us the answers we want to hear, not the answers you believe are correct"??? HE is the DNI, not them. It is his job to be honest about what his intelligence sources and research, etc., lead him to believe. It is Graham's, Manchin's, Levin's and the rest of their jobs to listen to him with healthy skepticism, to be sure, but to castigate him because he's telling them something they would rather not be told and is refusing to give them the political red meat they are digging for? Nonsense. Screw every one of these people. The guy is dead on correct. Russia and China are our wolves in sheeps clothing. Iran is a problem. NK is a problem. But neither of them are capable of causing us immediate, crippling harm. Both Russia and China ARE capable of it and China, at the very least, is currenlty engaged in a fairly blatant campaign to do so economically rather than militarily. The responses from these congresscritters smack of the same kind of prejudgment that King's muslim inquisitions evidenced today. They don't want to hear evidence and make decisions based thereon...they have made their decisions and they want people to be paraded before them to confirm that their almighty wisdom was correct. Bullspit.

    March 10, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "we would give up much as we did in Viet Nam even though we could have easily won it militarily,"

    That is the single funniest nonsense I've read in a month or so. Seriously? You were being sarcastic, right? hahaha...ridiculous....

    March 10, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. kat

    If BHO and his regime have their way Gadhafi will remain in power. They are as corrupt as him.

    March 10, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Jeff in Virginia

    Sniffit hit the nail on the head- this whole thing is just pathetic. Playing politics with other people's lives, as usual.

    March 10, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Please go away

    Lindsey Graham may want to shut up before someone asks and he has to tell

    March 10, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. A Real American

    Rick McDaniel
    I think Clapper was right. I think that the people of Libya do not WANT change, badly enough to achieve it.
    It is up to them, to either do whatever it takes to win, or to lay down and give up.
    March 10, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |

    Because wanting really badly to be free is so effective against tanks, planes and artillery. You're an idiot.

    March 10, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Bill in STL

    The fate of Libya does not depend on any statment made by any official from anyother country .... It is pure nonsense to believe it to be so. Oh except for the president who single handly encouraged the people of Egypt to get rid of Mubarak... Oh wait does it matter what side of the political spectrum you are on... Does it color your view .... In a single word YES!

    March 10, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    Sniffit

    These congressman are dangerous. I say this because of it being an itelligence matter, Graham demonstrates himself to be what plagued the last administration IMO.

    A YES MAN.

    The fact of the matter is that Clappers' job is to give -like you-said- an HONEST assesment of the current situatuion and what future conditions or events will look like,or possibly occur.

    March 10, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |