March 28th, 2011
08:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Republicans split on Obama's case for Libya mission

Washington (CNN) - Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must have been comforted to hear the president say that seeking regime change in Libya would be a mistake, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Monday.

"If we tell Gadhafi, 'Don't worry, you won't be removed by force,' I think that's very encouraging to Gadhafi," McCain said, after U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech explaining U.S. intervention in Libya.


Filed under: John McCain • Libya • President Obama
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  1. Stacey Hanrahan

    How is the GOP split? It's just McCain and his personal opinion. (for what it's worth)

    March 28, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    As I recall, John McCain said we should stay in Iraq 100 years if needed: in a time when we stretched beyond our capacity to deal with the problems we have been stuck with for the last decade, does it really make sense to get bogged down somewhere else? This is now a NATO mission, and we will continue to provide logistical and air support, but the real regime change will come from the rebels if they are properly supplied and supported by NATO. That is how it will work, and its not confusing, except to the knee-jerk Obama haters. To them, anything Obama says or does is wrong, and refusing to admit that only suceeds in undercutting our international image.

    March 28, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    "If we tell Gadhafi, 'Don't worry, you won't be removed by force,'
    He’ll go on like Saddam thinking he’s the boss!!!
    “I think that's very encouraging to Gadhafi," McCain said
    Forgetting we got rid of Saddam after over 4,000 was dead!!

    "The speech failed to provide Americans much clarity…”
    Stated Michael Steel who spoke to EVERY AMERICAN specifically!!
    Braley claims that Americans are concerned about the cost!!
    But as a part of NATO isn’t it our duty to enforce!!!

    All of this CRAP is coming from the mouths of those who agree with the mission but disagree because President Obama is the Commander in Chief……………………….PERIOD!!!

    March 28, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. Anthony

    Yes, Obama was giving Gadhafi comfort by launching over 100 tomahawk missiles at him. Republicans have a very warped sense of reality. Perhaps this explains why they believe that cutting taxes by 850 billion and cutting spending by 60 billion will reduce the deficit. Obama should consider aiming the missiles at his critics. I am sure this will give them comfort.

    March 28, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Peter

    Republican is a split political party...they have been doing it to favor big Wall street , at the detriment of American people. I think Republican are confused than confusion itself-that is why Trump who did 419 to Gadhafi is leading Republican party.

    March 28, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. Stephen Daugherty

    Sen. McCain should realize that the point is for the people of Libya to do the removal. We just make it difficult for him to win the fight with all the nice technology he bought stealing from those same people. We even the odds, but let them fight for their own freedom. That way, they can be grateful for our help without being ticked off at our interference.

    March 28, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. Doyle Wiley, MI

    McCain, thank god you were not elected President.

    March 28, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  8. Anthony

    McSame is what is simply wrong with the Republican party and the reason why they will lose the next election. They don't understand reality and the intent of doing something so simple. It should never be this country's internt to influence the will of a nation in a civil war. Our involvement was just to keep a Dictator from using weapons of mass destruction from killing his own people to make things fair. McCain, love the talk yet short of specifics!

    March 29, 2011 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  9. 100% ETH

    Sen. McCain is smart. He goes to were the wind blows, just to be called...

    March 29, 2011 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  10. fineart

    All President Obama is saying is that military action by the United States will only go so far. This should not be taken as a sign by Gadhafi that he should sleep soundly or eat without fear. His inner circle is tired of changing his diapers already. It's only a matter of time before regime change happens from within. Can you imagine your worst nightmare slowly becoming true, day by day? Don't forget the ghost of Lockerby or the nightclub bombing in Germany.

    March 29, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  11. Name king

    McCain with the instllment of the Internet and vast communication systems, we are living in a totally different world than the "west was won cow boy world you grew up in", this world is about concept and perceptions, we have to be the grown in the room to get respect around the world, that means not acting with instinct and feelings, but with logic, tactical and strategic deliberations, and a little inclusiveness is vital, no one loves a showoff and a bully. You will be surprised how many support you will get if you act in this manner. Remember we all are human beings, and we are wired around humanity, so do it right the first time, and the appreciations will last much longer.

    March 29, 2011 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  12. elly

    McCain,your elderly dementia is showing again? Ive played alot of sports in my life,"Your the poorest loser I,ve ever experienced? Your making a real fool out of yourself. Quit,and have some dignity,man? I used to like you,until you made that "Ultimate Mistake". I don,t have to mention her name ,do I?

    March 29, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |