BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, said Friday that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's troops are his heroes.
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee made the remark after arriving in Benghazi, a city that has been the opposition capital in the rebel-held eastern Libya.
McCain said he was in Benghazi "to get an on the ground assessment of the situation" and planned to meet with the rebel National Transition Council, the de-facto government in the eastern half of the country, and members of the rebel military.
But as the U.S. handed operational control over to NATO — and withdrew U.S. combat aircraft — McCain criticized the administration.
"For the United States to withdraw our unique offensive capabilities at this time would send the wrong signal," McCain said. He said the U.S. must not fail in Libya and said he spoke as someone experienced in a lost conflict, a reference to his time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, where he served as a Navy pilot.
McCain also has pushed for arming the rebels, saying the U.S. and its partners cannot allow Gadhafi to consolidate his hold on one section of the country and create a military deadlock.
Friday, April 22, 2011
'More War' McCain
So good ol' St. Sleazy McCain has made his way to Libya, and guess what he thinks should happen there:
One would think that his time as a POW would have curbed his enthusiasm for wars, but instead he's taken the opposite view. Which is why we should all be glad that he isn't president. If he were, lord only knows how many wars we'd be in by now.