Sen. John McCain called Moammar Khadafy "insane" today as he reaffirmed his call for a US-backed no-fly zone over Libya to prevent its embattled leader from using aircraft to slaughter its citizens. During an interview on ABC News' "This Week," McCain told Christiane Amanpour that the US cannot "risk allowing Gadhafi to massacre people from the air, both by helicopter and fixed-wing [aircraft]." McCain (R-Ariz.) furthered reiterated his support for imposing a no-fly zone, saying Ghadafi's air assets were "not overwhelming. Let's just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defenses," McCain continued. "That's the way you do a no-fly zone." The ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who recently wrapped up a week-long trip to the region, pushed for Ghadafi to relinquish power, despite acknowledging that the Libyan leader has not signaled any intent to step down. "He's insane," McCain told Amanpour. "But perhaps the people around him would begin to depart the sinking ship." Last week, McCain said the US should send material and humanitarian support to the Libyan people and said that any mercenary acting against the Libyan people should know "they're going to find themselves in front of a war crimes tribunal," The Wall Street Journal reported. - New York Post.McCain's call was made on March 6th, 2011 and less than two weeks later, airstrikes began on Libyan targets by French warplanes, attack tanks and US cruise missiles.
French warplanes have hit four tanks used by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi on the outskirts of the opposition stronghold of Benghazi, on a day when opposition fighters in the city reported coming under constant artillery and mortar fire. The US has also launched cruise missiles from ships based in the Mediterrannean Sea, and has taken the lead in military operations during the first phase, Kimberly Halkett, Al Jazeera''s correspondent in Washington DC reported. The action marks the first international military moves against the Libyan leader, and it comes a day after the UN Security Council authorised a no-fly zone over the North African country. - Al Jazeera.Today, McCain echoed last year's call, requesting military intervention on the Assad regime.
Arizona Sen. John McCain is calling for the United States to lead an international effort to begin air strikes on Syria. McCain says that the Syrian government's brutal crackdown on its opponents has resulted in war crimes and that its neighbors in the region will intervene militarily, with or without the U.S. From the Senate floor on Monday, McCain said the United States has a moral and strategic obligation to force out President Bashar Assad and his loyalists. Last month, McCain urged international cooperation to help supply the anti-Assad rebels with weapons and other aid. At the time, he stopped short of endorsing direct U.S. military involvement. - Yahoo.