McCain and Putin spar over Libya policy
December 15th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain and Putin spar over Libya policy

Moscow (CNN) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused U.S. drones and special forces of involvement in the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in comments Thursday.

He also attacked U.S. Sen. John McCain over a warning that Russia might follow the same path as Libya, suggesting McCain was not of sound mind following his time as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.

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  1. Sniffit

    Thanks CNN...we'll add this to the list of reasons we're thankful McPampers wasn't elected in 2008.

    December 15, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    I have to agree with Putin - McCain is NUTS. Look at who he selected as VP - Look at how bitter he remains over losing to a very intelligent man - Look at how he denigrates our very service men and thinks they should keep putting themselves in harms way so he can have a war - Look at how he and the other repubs are war-mongers.

    He IS Nuts.

    December 15, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Well, I am glad that folks around the world seem to recognize that some politicians in this country talk a little too loosely. McCain is not nuts, nor is he insane. He's not brain damaged, either. He's just a sore loser.

    "The election is over, John" Pres. Obama to Sen. McCain at biparatisan Heath Care Summit moderated by Obama.

    December 15, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Curt

    Maybe Putin's on to something. After all McCain did choose Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    December 15, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. sielingfan

    Look out, John, he knows Tae Kwon Do!

    December 15, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Thanks CNN...we'll add this to the list of reasons we're thankful McPampers wasn't elected in 2008
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    Why? Because he was supporting the demonstrators in Russia and Putin didn't like it? I thought you supported all protesters? I thought you supported taking Khaddafi out, as did McCain? Sounds like you and McCain have a lot in common.

    December 15, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. GonzoinHouston

    Vlad, back off. McCain's comments were a bit much, but he's still one of ours. You barely won an election despite blatant ballot-box stuffing, and the Russian people know it. Be careful who you pick a fight with; neither you nor your country are particularly impressive these days.

    December 15, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I swear these warhawks will be the death of us. Leave Putin alone McLame! Are you trying to rekindle the Cold War?

    December 15, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Why?"

    Issuing a "warning" that Russia might follow the same path as Libya was a tactless, stupid and nicendiary thing to do to a country that is ostensibly one of our most important allies and a veto-holding power on the UN whose cooperation and/or acquiescence we need in order to deal effectively with Iran. Moreover, we've plenty of protests going on ourselves...was McPampers suggesting we're headed the way of Libya as well?

    "I thought you supported all protesters?"

    Only the ones I agree with...wink wink. I am only human after all.

    December 15, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. catmomtx

    GonzoinHouston

    Vlad, back off. McCain's comments were a bit much, but he's still one of ours. You barely won an election despite blatant ballot-box stuffing, and the Russian people know it. Be careful who you pick a fight with; neither you nor your country are particularly impressive these days.

    December 15, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47

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    Perhaps it is McCain who should back off. His comments about our President were over the top, unpatriotic and smacked of jealousy coming from a person who would have kept our troops in a quagmire indefinetly. If McCain can not support our President, our troops and our country then he shouldn't comment. What he said can be seen by some as aiding and abetting the very people who want to destroy our country, hence Putin's comment. It would be nice if you had the same sentiments for all tose people who are so full of hatred for our President that they have turned ending a useless war and bringing troops home into something negative.

    December 15, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Vlad, back off. McCain's comments were a bit much, but he's still one of ours."

    Speak for yourself. I disowned him long ago.

    "It would be nice if you had the same sentiments for all tose people who are so full of hatred for our President that they have turned ending a useless war and bringing troops home into something negative."

    On of these days we're gonna say things like that to them and they're going to finally be so flustered and out of talking points that they'll finally just say "but but but he's black!!!" Guaranteed.

    December 15, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |