U.S. Sen. John McCain, Obama’s rival at 2008 election, called for increased military support for Libya’s rebels Friday, including weapons, training and stepped-up airstrikes. McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the US and other nations should recognize the opposition’s political leadership as the “legitimate voice of the Libyan people.” The White House disagreed. McCain also called the rebels “patriots” with no links to al-Qaida. At a news conference in the rebels’ stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya, McCain said he did not believe that the US should send in ground troops, but it should be much more involved in the air campaign and “facilitate” the arming and training of the rebels, much as it armed the Mujahedeen who fought the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. “We need to urgently step up the NATO air campaign to protect Libyan civilians, especially in Misrata,” he said. “We desperately need more close air support and strike assets.” McCain urged the use of combat aircraft more suited for engaging targets in urban areas, such as A-10 Thunderbolts, which are anti-tank planes, and AC-130 gunships, outfitted with heavy weaponry, including cannons, rockets and machine guns. All nations should recognize the opposition’s Transitional National Council as the legitimate voice of the Libyan people, McCain said, and provide it with “every appropriate means of assistance,” including “command and control support, battlefield intelligence, training and weapons.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the administration disagreed with McCain’s call for recognition of the rebels’ political leadership.
McCain is the highest profile U.S. and Western visitor to meet with the rebels inside the Libya!. He really has the balls. The Libyan council was encouraged by McCain’s visit, said Fathi Baja, the head of the group’s political committee. The members asked McCain to press for greater U.S. involvement in the NATO campaign. “The US started the action strongly. Now people feel that there is some kind of retreat,” he said, expressing a common sentiment in Benghazi. “They want the US to be the leader again.” Some in the West have raised the possibility that Islamic militants may be among the rebels, but McCain said he did not see any evidence of that. “I have met these brave fighters and they are not al-Qaida,” he said. “To the contrary, they are Libyan patriots who want to liberate their nation. “They are my heroes,” he said. However, McCain cautioned that the situation could change if there is a deadlock on the battlefield. “I do worry that if there is a stalemate here, that it could open the door to radical Islamic fundamentalism because of the frustration that thousands and thousands of young people would feel as they are deprived from participating in democracy in the united Libya.” McCain has visited the rebel opposition leadership in its eastern stronghold of Benghazi for an “on the ground assessment” of the situation. And it’s very good and positive. Ha really has the balls, but we are not sure about the brain ! Of course he has said a lot of good things about the poor Libyan fighters, much more better than White House’s bullshits.
The world need a group of leaders that have McCain’s balls and Howard Zinn’s brain. Shame on Obama. Shame on Chomsky. Shame on the stupid lefts. And Shame on stupid rights and any one that doesn’t care to the Libyan tragedy, the greatest tragedy of these days.