Friday, April 22, 2011

Oh how the mighty have fallen

Whether or not you agree with his political stance, Sen. John McCain deserves all the respect and honor we can bestow.  His selfless service both in politics and the military give him enough street cred that to not give him the respect he deserves shows a lack of character on our part.  With that said, it is disappointing that he has thrown his support behind the anti-Gaddafi protesters.  This may seem like a good idea, as we historically do support David against Goliath, but in this case the rebels are not just anti-Gaddafi, they are also Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad and they are driven by Islamic orthodoxy.

McCain's support of the rebels shows a lack of insight by the good Senator, and his buying into the dogma that the enemies of our enemies are our friends.  Not in this case, John.  Not by a long shot.

From FOXNews April 22

McCain Calls for More Military Support to Anti-Qaddafi Forces During Libya Visit 

BENGHAZI, Libya -- The Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Qaddafi's forces are getting a shout out from U.S. Sen. John McCain, who is calling for increased military support, including providing weapons, training and giving close air support to the opposition on the battlefield.

No John, not weapons or air support.  Please.

The Arizona Republican senator said at a news conference Friday in the rebels' stronghold in eastern Libya that all nations should recognize the opposition's Transitional National Council as the legitimate voice of the Libyan people.

He said nations need to provide the council with "every appropriate means of assistance," including "command and control support, battlefield intelligence, training and weapons."

His comments come a day after the United States started flying armed drones to bolster NATO firepower and try to break a battlefield stalemate with Qaddafi's forces.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said that although the timing was hard to predict, the eventual ouster of Qaddafi and his family from power "is certain."

McCain praised Libya's rebels as his "heroes."

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