McCain Says Military Option a Possibility in Libya

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Sunday “there ‘possibly could be’ a military option for the United States or international forces in Libya, where its leader, Muammar Qadhafi, has responded to protests calling for his ouster with violence and threats,” POLITICO reports.

Asked by host Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether there is “a military option in Libya” for either the U.S., the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or the United Nations, beyond a no-fly zone, McCain said “I think there possibly could be.”

McCain, who’s traveling in the Middle East and appeared with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) via satellite from Cairo, urged the Obama administration to take a more forceful response to the unrest in Libya despite concerns that criticism of Qadhafi could jeopardize the safety of American citizens in the country.

“The British prime minister and the French president and others were not hesitant and they have citizens in that country. America leads,” McCain told Crowley.

McCain is Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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5 responses to “McCain Says Military Option a Possibility in Libya

  1. Mr McCain has the right idea, to take a forceful response and to neutralize the butcher of Tripoli. He is sadly mistaken, however, in his final claim that “America leads”. We are certainly not leading in dealing with Tripoli, or PyongYang, or the Somali pirates, or in any of a score of places where a little courage and leadership could shut down a dangerous situation. We have not led since January 2009.

  2. Pat

    McCain is the same one who sang about bombing Iran. McCain who do you suggest be sent to Libya — how about all the Wall Street wealthy folks’ children? Oh, I suspect you’d prefer to send those middle class folks’ children to fight yet another war. Sorry, Mr. McCain, but the middle class here in America is fighting for its own life and soul on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin and the rest of the cities in this country. So, if you want a military option in Libya, go find some rich bastards to fight it or better yet look at the ranks of the tea baggers who strut their stuff carrying weapons — perhaps they would like to have an opportunity to actually fight for their country. I say enough military option bullshit.

  3. Pat, this is not class warfare. Gaddafi is the fellow who took down Pan Am flight 103; 270 souls including 150 Americans died, some of them after falling for two minutes and impacting the Scottish soil. We have a strong score to settle with him; this has naught to do with overcompensated math teachers in Milwaukee. The fact is that showing sufficient concern over American interests early on and neutralizing enemies prevents others from acting up. We could do so in this case by annihilating Gaddafi’s usual abodes, dropping a couple of bunker busters on each of his airfields and setting up a no-fly zone over Tripoli. No middle class folk’s children would even need to be on the ground, even including my own.

  4. Pat

    Enough bullshit about everything being settled with bombs. McCain has no honor — he sold his soul to the tea baggers for his re-election. If you actually think no ground troops would be used in Libya — there’s a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell to you.

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