McCain: 'significant degree of stalemate'
April 22nd, 2011
11:26 AM ET
11 years ago

McCain: 'significant degree of stalemate'

(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain, a strong proponent of beefing up efforts to oust Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi from power, told reporters in Benghazi on Friday that there is a "significant degree of stalemate" in the Libyan war and more NATO assets are needed.

He said newly deployed U.S. drones will increase NATO's capability but not enough to make up for the current shortfall.

Filed under: John McCain • Libya
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    We are NOT starting a 3rd war McWAR! We will NOT put troops on the ground........PERIOD!!! So you going over there and "assessing" what needs to be done is IRRELEVANT!!!

    April 22, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Debbie

    Why is McCain in Libya? Why are tax dollars spent on this? McCain should have gone home to Sedona to talk to his constitutents.

    April 22, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Who cares what this small, bitter, little man thinks?

    Tomorrow he will not even remember he was in Libya, much less his keen "analysis" of the current situation.

    Leave it the younger military folks who have current knowledge of all the aspects of what is going on in Libya, you old fool!

    April 22, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. concerned liberal

    @T'sah "We are NOT starting a 3rd war"

    You can call it what you want but Obama is bombing people in a country that is not threatening us but has OIL. And why not all the other African nations that have mass killing and tragedy? Oh right – no OIL.

    And how is his promise to close Gitmo going? He actually restarted the military trials he promised to stop.

    Shouldn't he have to give Peace Prize back?

    1984 – the Ministry of Peace conducts the wars.
    Obama = Bush the third

    April 22, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. rusty155

    The Republican say America Is broke, but John Boehner and six other Senate when to Iraq and now Jonh McCain Is In Libyan. John Boehner say on TV that may be American Troop shouldn't leave like President Obama want, John McCain In Libyan say we have to do more even if we have to sent American Troop. But the Republican say we don't have the money to help the POOR and the OLD and what to take away Medicaid from the POOR and REFORM Medicare for the OLD so they would have to pay more. It Really funny how the Republican can find money to spend If It something they want to do , Like EXTEND the BUSH TAX CUT FOR THE RICH. And fight all these war, It been Over Ten year now ,we haven't find him by now we aren't going too. Plus they don't want us there any how. Shouldn't we be more worry about American People Instead of going all over the world and offer more help But you can't Help the American people. With the dept ceiling has to be rise and to work on the budget that fair for all American People, And Paul Ryan Plan aren't It as a matter of fact I think It really bad.

    April 22, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Ed

    McCain supports a bigger war? Are you surprised? Not me.

    April 22, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    [You can call it what you want but Obama is bombing people in a country that is not threatening us but has OIL. And why not all the other African nations that have mass killing and tragedy? Oh right – no OIL.]

    The only PLUS is that is it NATO – not just Obama – and If President Obama did NOTHING, you would have complained about that also!!! President Obama is DAMNED if he DOES and DAMNED if he DOESN'T!!! Also – Iraq = Oil and NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION and NO NATO!!

    April 22, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. AAA

    It was Boehner in Afghanistan now it is McCain in Libya. what in the world we are doing meddling in other countries problems when we cannot solve our own internal problem such as balancing the budget. I think McCain is losing his mind suggesting that we should arm the rebels. He claims we are peace loving country but his actions and suggestions suggests we should oust every government in the world that is not to our liking. I think McCain should study his wold politics, historical politics/ tribal politics, religious politics before suggesting these erroneous idea we should arm the rebels. It is an issue that should be handled by our government mainly the president and discussed in congress but not politicians going into other countries and be a photo opportunity. If McCain who has been credited bravery for his service in Vietnam which I think was not anything big that he was admired where other people in the same position did not get any recognition. So if he thinks he is a military man, he is not thinking like one. Arming the rebels is not going to help because it will create more blood shed and the idea that Ghadafi is out there to massacre his people is so foolish. Look at the war one is trying to drive the other party out, so both are committing killings. What we need is a peaceful resolution irregardless who hates Ghadafi and we better have a support of the African Union to oust him. Take an example from Ivory Coast were the French troops got involved to get rid of the president which will send a mixed message to other African leaders that thay may be attacked by a foreign invasion. Peace needs patience, diligence, cool minds and understanding the make up of the country we are trying to help. Lets balance the budget, put people back to work an the rest will come in due time.

    April 22, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    Why do I get the feeling that McCain is trying to be the next SecDef?

    April 22, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. rs

    To McCAin and the "on again, off, again Republicans" on Libya: You want full US involvement there? Great! Now, support the President, and call for an end to the other two military debacles first. That is how we'll "pay" for helping Libya.

    April 22, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    Mr Plane Crasher is NOT an expert.


    April 22, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. KatR

    This is insane. Congressional Republicans keep stating that the country is broke and yet, somehow, these same representatives of the people decided to recess for 2 weeks and ignore it all so they can travel to Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya on the taxpayer dime. And those who support what Boehner and McCain are doing are blaming the President for traveling across America speaking to all of us about the domestic problems we face. Whether the ideas of the President are right or wrong at least he's wise enough to know that a country that's weak domestically speaking has no time to spend pontificating on helping other countries to get their act together.

    April 22, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. tulsa, ok

    to "concerned liberal"
    right, you're a liberal....... and I'm Rush Limbaugh....
    So you want us to NOT interrupt the massacre of civilians? Yep, they've got oil. But is that why we're there? Matter of opinion at this point.
    How can the President close Gitmo when Republicans stir up FEAR at the possibility of "those terrorists" being tried on American soil? I swear, the Republicans are the biggest bunch of chicken-sh$ts I've ever seen.
    So, all in all, I think this President has done more to be inclusive of other nations and will continue to bring coalitions together to do the heavy lifting in the police actions (WARS) around the globe. It is not an all or nothing deal.... pick your battles and gain alies. That's the course he has chosen and it is one I agree with.
    Of course, you may not.

    April 22, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. John

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I think John McCain is a true American hero. He has often been critical of Obama, but also supportive of Obama even when the other GOP find any excuse to fling mud. McCain is a classy man.

    April 22, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. B

    McCain looks at everything through a War- filtered solution, everything.

    Thank GOD he is not in the White House !

    April 22, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Susan B. Anthony B. Really Ticked Off

    Yes Mr. McCain who was born in Central America, there is a stalemate in Libya, the same way there is a stalemate here in America being caused by your party's fringe choir of birther morons/traitors. He ought to do a better job killing off the vicious and bigoted Republican llies distracting America from productive discourse and issues that matter, like our economy. Ever hear of that Mr. Central American born McCain. Why are your fringe members not protesting your place of birth? Because you're white and Chrsitian.....? I wonder.

    April 22, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |