McCain wants U.S. to go after Gadhafi
March 29th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

McCain wants U.S. to go after Gadhafi

President Obama addressed the nation Monday about the United States' involvement in Libya, and he said the goal there is regime change without direct U.S. military force.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized the president's statement and says the use of military force to take the leader out of power shouldn't be taken off the table. He speaks to Christine Romans about Obama's address:

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  1. ScuzzLightyear

    It shouldn't be taken off the table, but I'd prefer an angry mob of Libyans handle MoMo.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @scuzzzlightyear-You are correct. So you have to read between the lines. All the people of Libya fleeing need to go back and fight. They need to free their country of Mr. M. for good. I am afraid that they do not have the resources of guns, ammo, or know how to make progress against Mr. M's militia. I think they need a hand up, the allies need to step it up. The people of Libyia need to be trained in the countries they flee to and sent back.
      McCain has to stop grandstanding and support the president. Quit the nit picking. Maybe it is not off the table, but why tell John McCain, he obviously cannot keep a secret. He seems like he wants us to fail, and say told you so. He has not gotten over his loss. Think for the people John, Not for John. Get close to the pres. and be there to help guide, John. Get over yourself and think country, John.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Enough is enough!

      So let me get this straight,
      Bush attacks Iraq to protect innocent civilians from a dictator, and he's wrong.
      Obama attacks Libya to protect innocent civilians from a dictator, and he's right?
      Members of the U.N. have an obligation to intervene to prevent (or stop) genocide. I do have a problem with tha fact that we (American taxpayers) tend to pay the bulk of the bill for Democracy in other countries. These actions would certainly garner more support by the american people, if these oil rich countries would consider a minimal payback for our efforts. Christ! oil is over $100 a barrel. were's the Love?
      Sooo...exaxt same scenario; Obama is right, but Bush was wrong? Hmmm,
      liberal, Dems never cease to amaze. Please start thinking for yourslves instead of a lemming that follows another lemming off the cliff.

      March 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      Agreed, It's not right to take a way their enjoyment of slitting his throat.

      March 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ezik

    McCain is NOT the president. He LOST, give it up.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      So if you run for president and lose, you are no longer allowed to state your opinion on anything?

      March 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enough is enough!

      Excuse me!
      John McCain has earned the right to speak in this country, much more so than Obama; and as a very high ranking Senator i personally feel he has an obligation too. as they all do. Just like a liberal don't agree with what someone is saying, try to shut them up. 1st ammendment pal.

      March 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zach Stone

      I don't mind if McCain speaks about his opinions but I just wish he had spoken up and defended Obama when he ordered the coalition strikes when both sides of the political fence were shooting off their mouths. Why wait until the U.S. lets NATO take over? Now he can come out and speak out negatively that we left to early? Seems more like a political game than an actual stance he's taking.

      March 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    sounds as if mccain is taking a page out of sarah palins going rogue book. however someone needs to take that idiot out or this crap will drag on forever just like sadaam!

    March 29, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The allies need to crap or get off the pot.

      March 29, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Obama is certainly not go to exclude taking Ghadfi by force, but he want everybody to know it will be a coalition TEAM effort, not just a US operation. McCain and company will do anything to undermine the President, that' what the opposing party of the sitting President *always* do. (It's an unwritten rule or something! 🙂 )
    Obama wants the world to know that it's a NATO operation, not a US directive...even though we all know who's *really* behind the scenes of any action taken.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • catheryn

      I so agree with (who show there hand before playing there cards) oh yea john McCain does!

      March 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andreas Moser

    Could Mr McCain please concede that he lost the election?

    March 29, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. popeye


    March 29, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      How about Bush and Cheney? How about Cheney stand next to Mr. M and duck hunt ?

      March 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazz7

    Peace Please

    March 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      HEY, that's my name buzz off

      March 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DWest

    Gadhafi needs to be given the message that he's not staying in power no matter what. On the other hand, sending in U.S. ground troops is not the answer. It's the job of Libya's people to take him out and they're certainly the most motivated to do so. Yes, they will be provided with some special assistance, but CIA operatives are not considered U.S. ground forces. Removing idiot dictators with covert operations is much simpler without as much expense and bloodshed. The most effective solution will simply be paying his "loyal" followers to dispose of him.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      I can tell you all right now Gadhafi is going no were , he is form the old school and will die there just like he said he would. Let me say it again "I will die in my homeland", which means you have to kill him. He is CRAZY.

      March 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      IF you notice I am constantly spelling FROM , FORM. I cant for the life of me get my fingers to move the the right letters in the correct order, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

      March 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sees All Evil

    @Popeye spoken like an idiot. w. is to blame for our boys and girls being over there so let's send his decider azz over there oh yea and cheney too since he's so good with a gun!

    March 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enough is enough!

      So let me get this straight,
      Bush attacks Iraq to protect innocent civilians from a dictator, and he's wrong.
      Obama attacks Libya to protect innocent civilians from a dictator, and he's right?
      liberal, Dems never cease to amaze. Please start thinking for yourslves instead of a lemming that follows another lemming off the cliff.

      March 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. popeye

    crazy world

    March 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ScuzzLightyear

    @Scottist: They were hunting a type of quail that can't quite fly so it gets airborne for a few seconds before coming back to earth. Only makes it a few feet off the air which makes it that much more hilarious. The lawyer he shot to this day has apologized while Cheney never apologized for anything? 😮

    March 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The old man he shot said he still has pellets coming thru his skin that work its way to the surface.

      March 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sees All Evil

    Will someone change Senator McCains diaper he's getting cranky. John mccain wants US to go after gadafi he also wanted sarah pain to be our VP NUFF SAID!!!

    March 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mmmmm

    Mccain aka Little Henery Hawk

    March 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @mmmmmm. LOL.

      March 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. popeye

    Thats the way to get out of this mess

    March 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Long overdue

    Horrible speech last night. Obama stuttered a few times. Teleprompter must have been on the blink. Still waiting to hear WHAT our vital interest is in being involved in this. Typical Obama speech: talks a lot but saying nothing. And I love how he took a swipe at both former presidents Bush and Clinton. Why did it take O so long to come out and try and defend this military action? Too busy playing golf? Or vacationing in Rio?

    March 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      President Obama said alot if you are willing to listen. You can say things without tipping your hand at the table. Sometimes politics are like poker. What will Ghadafi do next then you call him on it.

      March 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Munkee

      Do you really need someone to say what our vital interest is? Oil – anyone, anyone?? Protectionism/burying our heads in the sand won't work in this day and age. What is happening in the Middle East effects the globe (and yes, that includes the good ol' US of A). Personally I can't wait for our own sheeple (ahem, I mean people) to wake up and start protesting in the same manner!! If the US, Britain and France (amongst others) didn't step in someone else would have – would you rather have Al Qaeda or Iran step up to fill the void? Not THAT's a recipe for disaster. I'd rather we be there, than Ahmendinejad frankly...

      March 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Munkee

      Typo correction in my last post – should read "Now THAT's a recipe for disaster..."

      March 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
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