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. Philip

    As if one man is responsible and if you remove him everything will be ok. Governmental corruption never starts and ends with one man. There are many who take bribes and even more who offer any government. One man is NOT to blame.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • catheryn

      You are so right;it take more than one are truely a smart guy.

      March 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Munkee

      But if the people take down that one man, most of his corrupt junta will go with him. Do you think they are going to stick around to be hanged in the street like their master?

      March 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      Well said

      March 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PGA

    As a vet you The USA are not the worlds police service. Why are other nations not stepping up to the plate and doing thier part. USA has other problems at home . Take care of your own house before others. We have the same problem in Canada where I served. I lost friends in battle, some people including my own family says we should e overseas. I say Ok as long as our own house is in order.


    March 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      That is why President Obama has the allies handling most of the investment in this, we have to take care of what we have on our plate already.

      March 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Idiot

      Maybe I'm misunderstanding you. You served in Canada? The last war on Canadian soil was the Metis uprising in the 1880's.

      March 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Munkee

    Gadhafi does need to go but it should be the people of Libya to oust him. That said, the Libyans need help – they're driving around in rusty pick-ups carrying artillery for goodness sake. However, what they need is "unofficial" help. Come on, we've been sending the CIA into various countries to do our bidding for years. If there was ever a legitimate time to do it, this is the time. Send in a couple of CIA agents to organize the Libyan rebels and arm them – believe me the Libyans will then do the rest. Right now they simply don't have the means (weapons, structure, organization) to topple Gadhafi.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I think most are down with that.

      March 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. popeye

    @ sees all evil please name some good administrative officials that we have had lately ! Kind of hard to do ! We need more congressmen like old David Crokket who will stand up for the little man that made this country !Ps you should try" sees no evil "might suit the blind.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |

    Peace, please! Enough with the "regime change!" craps! If anyone cares about libyans basic human rights, which these allies bombing the civilians don't; then stop the bombardments and let the people overthrow kadhafi like the rest of the peuples are doing in countries we've been supporting for years. End spending our taxes for regime changes through wars. Let's educate our children with truth, and with our tax dollars! Peace please!

    March 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      It is hard when you are not allowed in the country to let the people see a different way of living. They are isolated from another way of living. While a dictator dictates their lives, and keeps them from choosing. The opposition to Ghadafi have not been trained to fight. It is like an ant(opposition) trying to get from under a shoe(ghadafi militia).

      March 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Munkee

      Hey, I'm all for peace but you can't sit around and watch a genocide happen – that's not peace. We've done that too many times before in other places. Good on Obama for stepping up before it happened again. Most of the Libyans fighting are just average guys sick of being oppressed. They've never held weapons (or fired them) and they don't seem to have much going in the way of organization/coordination. Tell me, how are they supposed to compete with fully trained, fully armed, fully coordinated militia? They don't have a hope. That's why we (the US) should covertly send someone to arm, train and organize/coordinate the Libyans who want to fight to bring down Gadhafi. This can be done quickly and quietly, will make the difference, and allow the Libyans to take down Gadhafi themselves. It will also allow us to bow out sooner rather than later, and avoid putting any troops on the ground. Win-win. Easy.

      March 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. popeye

    Come on now

    March 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Herbert

    Thank you Philip, great post on the money.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. popeye

    We should worry about reform in this country and let them arabs fight it out their selves then after wards the oil hogs can go in and do their job and we could save are military

    March 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. popeye

    philip is right on the money ! But how can you change it? reckon we just got to stand by and watch and hope for the best,maybe blog about it.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. popeye

    Thought we were playing a small role in libya is that why 95% of the tomahawk missles shot were ours most of the jets ours most of the ships ours most of the subs ours?

    March 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. popeye

    @banasy right on

    March 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. All Of You

    I vote we all just blow phil. 😉

    March 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ScuzzLightyear

    All of this is out of our hands. Everything you need to know about the world can be found in the lyrics for Hotel California by The Eagles, or Master of Puppets by Metallica.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      Love Love love that song, actually one of my favorites

      March 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. popeye

    Lots of people and the people in "CON"gress may not show their cards but they walk around wearing nothing but saran wrap under wear so you can clearly see their nuts

    March 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. popeye

    @munkee It's true even though it suck's @scuzzlightyear true too we are puppets get'n are strings pulled by the master!

    March 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Munkee

      In this case, if we do remove one man, things will be markedly better. As I said above, if the people hang Gadhafi in the street his corrupt bedfellows will be running for the hills. They'll have to or face the same fate. Voilà – a remarkably cleaner political landscape for Libya with the new candidates concerned that if they don't make life better for the people of the country they might end up on the chopping block next.

      And you're only a puppet if you allow yourself to be – frankly we could all learn from the Middle East at the moment. Peaceful uprising has by and large worked. Force is, however, necessary when dealing with crazy loons who are trying to kill innocents... for once we are on the right side.

      March 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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