McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya
April 22nd, 2011
04:11 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya

Benghazi, Libya (CNN) - Libyan opposition leaders received a major morale boost Friday as a top U.S. senator made a surprise visit to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and urged greater American involvement in the bloody campaign to oust longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

The visit from Arizona Sen. John McCain came a day after the United States said it was deploying predator drones to Libya.


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  1. Four and The Door

    When we decide to use military force, we should make it short and decisive. Dragging it out is when more innocent people get hurt and killed and it gets exponentially more expensive. That is exactly what is happening now in Libya.

    In the long run, when America shows that we don't waver on military comittments like we have been, diplomacy will also begin working much more effectively. That's the ultimate goal.

    April 22, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. jay1975

    Is this really a surprise. John McCain never met a war he didn't long as he doesn't have to serve again.

    April 22, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. BeanerECMO

    It's a civil war and we should not be involved; especially since the rebels have ties to AQIL. And now, BHO is helping to arm those that would kill us. The only reason that the Euros were front and center so quickly was to protect their petroleum interests and nothing more. The only reason that US force is being used is to protect the petroleum interests of the Europeans. The Europeans and the rest of NATO do not have the capabilities that the US has for enforcing a no-fly zone – Navy Air, Surface and Subsurface Arms and, now, drones. Ya know they don't do anything for humanitarian reasons. And, they got all that favorable legacy media support. Do ya think the US would get the same favorable coverage if they had done the same in Kuwait/Saudi Arabia or Iraq? Ya know they wouldn't and didn't. Remember all those placards of, "No Blood For Oil!!" And we still haven't been repaid by either country; not just for the fiscal expenditures, but for the lost and disrupted lives.
    And, now that we know there are Al Qaeda links with the rebels and the Muslim Brotherhood is insinuating itself with the rebels; how near are we to coordinating actions with the rebels, AQIL & MBIL, and we are arming them as well? Do ya think AQ is going to backoff against the western world any time soon?
    I was a regressive (aka liberal progressive) until I learned to read, got a job and was mugged by willful tax and spend regressives and acolytes; i.e., unions.

    April 22, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. kylefromohio

    The French, UK and Italians have boots on the ground, let the rest of the world do it's part, We are already thin as it is with our Police the world attitude. Dammed if you do dammed if you don't.

    April 22, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    The only reason that US force is being used is to protect the petroleum interests of the Europeans.
    Conspiracy theories are always so interesting. So it's all about oil, huh? For a country that supplies 2% of the world's oil supply? Maybe not. Maybe it really is about the massacre that Gadhafi was about to impart on dissenters of his own country. The timing of our intervention really seemed to indicate the latter.

    April 22, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. shadysider

    Can't we just send drones to hover around his compounds, wait for Gaddafi to show his face (hint: it's the guy in the ridiculous daishiki and stunner shades) and shoot the drone's missiles?

    April 22, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice....

    So now folks are concerned over all the "fighting" going on in Congress, and gas prices and all of a sudden they're not feeling too good about the future and where our country s heading. Sigh!
    We've got a situation in Lybia involving a madman out to kill or suppres anyone against him. Oil prices are going to be impacted, go figure.
    We've had a situation here at home where one team's goal has been to do everything possible to keep the country in the toilet so that they could regain the White House. That's going to cause some fighting, go figure.
    We've got a national press that sees dollar signs for themselves for every negative story they can post or concoct out of misinformation or innuendo, regardless of its' lack of journalistic integrity. That's going to cause collateral damage perception wise, and in turn at the polls.
    We've re-elected the same idiots to power that put us in the crapper; and we did it because we believed their lies about geting us out of the crapper, and with jobs no less they said. Instead they are reneging, again, on their promises and sworn duty to us, go figure.
    Thank God for Obama.
    Obama 2012.


    April 22, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. LIP

    Looks like McCain has jumped on board the bus President Bush was driving. God bless George for pointing the way with the war in Iraq to get this Democracy ball rolling. He knew that if we could get just some of those people to see what Freedom is all about, the rest would get jealous and want a taste of it as well and so, here we go. The Arab people are tired of dictators and religious zealots telling them what to do and finally they are going to have their own Crusade.
    Now the question is first the Democrats couldn't justify killing Sadam, but are now targeting Kadafi, but not Assad in Syria. Pray tell, what is the difference with Assad killing hundreds of protestors almost daily.
    As a side bar, I notice the liberal media says little about the mass graves that keep turning up in Iraq. THe latest had over 800 bodies in it and were victiims of Sadam. So Bush went in because of WMD, but really did it for MIC or Murder of Innocent Civilians...God Bless George.

    April 22, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Shannon

    What a hypocrite John Mccain is, he was bad mouthing the President for aiding the rebels, and now he is there acting like their savior. Is there no low that the GOP won't stoop to.

    April 22, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    The darned old demented fool!!

    April 22, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    McCain please stop trying to 'bait and trip-up' the President, you simpleton.
    If you want more $$$upport for the rebels than sell off one of your many mansions and ship them the cash.
    You WISH for the President to fall for your okey-doke sucker punch and spend money to help the rebels, that way you'll be one of the first to flip-flop and scream: "We're BROKE, how dare he?".

    Go back to the nursing home, or better yet go fly one of those fighter jets you're so good at maneuvering.

    April 22, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Peter

    As you can see, if McCain were elected president, we probably would have had thousands of troops in Libya by now and ended up in another quicksand mess. Obama was smart to limit our involvement and let NATO and the allies pick up some slack. Yes, we are still involved (this is aimed at poster BeanerECMO) but some (like this poster) seems to ignore the fact that a prominent Republican is calling for MORE US involvement!

    April 22, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. OneMoreTime

    Its Good Friday, so I will try to be nice, but this little escapade of John McCain's is totally disgusting.
    First he wants America to do more. Do more what? We are doing enough, thank you very much.
    Then he says they should set up a Government with mainly the Europeans help because they are closer. Bet
    the Europeans a happy to be told what to do by this loser.
    Then, "if he demands formal recognition of the rebels" – who is he to demand anything. I thought the
    rebels "might" be somewhat infiltrated by Al Quida. So who are we "formally recognizing"?
    Then The lovely American Enterprise Institute chimes in because they are run by Cheney, et al, another war monger.
    Then he wants advisors, well didn't the French already send in advisors?
    This is nuts!

    April 22, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. OneMoreTime

    @Four/Door "..when we use military force, we should make it short and decisive". Do you mean like the Bush/Cheney
    Ten Year Wars, that they started, didn't finish and left the next guy, who happens to be President Obama to clean up
    their mess? Thought so.

    April 22, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |