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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/27/2011

Senators Lieberman and McCain discuss potential military option in Libya

By Felicia Sonmez & Emi Kolawole

Updated 1:26 p.m.:

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley in a pre-taped interview from Cairo to discuss the uprising in Libya.

"This is a real moment of choice" for the international community, said Lieberman of the world's reaction to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's violent response to anti-government protesters. Lieberman called for a no-fly zone over Libya and military assistance for protesters.

Asked if there was a military option for Libya McCain said, "I think there possibly could be." The security and safety of the American people "is our highest priority, it's not our only priority," he said.

"America should lead. The president should reverse the terrible decision he made to not support the demonstrators in Tehran," said McCain, criticizing the White House response and calling on the Obama administration to support calls for democracy in China.


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Comments

I suppose being a leader means having a self-congratulating triumphal fly-in to an aircraft carrier? With the iconic imagery of our commander in chief standing on the enemy's face in a flight suit with a "Mission Accomplished" banner billowing patriotically behind him?

Note to McCain: it's the people, stupid. How are the Arab people supposed to feel empowered when you want to run your ego-stroking triumphal defeating of them. You think our brand has any clout with Iran after overthrowing their democracy in '53 and installing the brutal dictator "the Shah" for 25 years?

Or do you think that the Egyptians will forget that we supported their corruption of democracy to the tune of $2 billion a year...

Posted by: macchendra | February 27, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Earlier this week it was revealed that both McCain and Lieberman were the victims of military psyops: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/another-runaway-general-army-deploys-psy-ops-on-u-s-senators-20110223
With the intent to encourage them to push for war and war funding, etc.

So why exactly are these 2 possibly brain washed senators being listened to seriously when they should probably be undergoing a mental health examination instead?

Posted by: specsaregood | February 27, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Being a leader does not always mean shooting your mouth off. There was a unanimous UN Security Council decision on Libya. How often does that happen?

I think Obama did fine on Egypt and he is doing fine on Libya. It's time to put John and Joe out to pasture. Sarah can tend to them.

Posted by: DavidH3 | February 27, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Look for McCain and Lieberman to ride in on their camels swinging scimitars at the heads of the infidels. Thank God we didn't elect a President McCain who would, by now, have us embroiled in every bloody war around the globe.

Posted by: Southernwriter | February 27, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Look for McCain and Lieberman to ride in on their camels swinging scimitars at the heads of the infidels. Thank God we didn't elect a President McCain who would, by now, have us embroiled in every bloody war around the globe.

Posted by: Southernwriter | February 27, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Look for McCain and Lieberman to ride in on their camels swinging scimitars at the heads of the infidels. Thank God we didn't elect a President McCain who would, by now, have us embroiled in every bloody war around the globe.

Posted by: Southernwriter | February 27, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

No American boots on the ground. No fly zones and military aid to the opposition are good ideas, but we dont' need to get involved in rebuilding another country when ours is falling to pieces. Bring the troops home and send them to the southern border.

Posted by: csintala79 | February 27, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Thank god these people are not in power. Look at what the Iraqis are doing now...protesting against the "democracy" we put in place by violent force at the cost of thousands of lives...or the Afghans with their totally corrupt and hated government stealing millions (billions?) of our tax dollars. We can support the Egyptians and the Tunisians and the Libyans if they really have what it takes to create their own democracy. But not with the lives of our armed forces.

Posted by: gposner | February 27, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

These two very senior warmongering cowboys should be home planning a longtime over due retirement. Predictably, their first utterance to the situation is US unilateral military intervention. Shoot first, think later. Fade away, already!

Posted by: likovid | February 27, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@kls1

We dont hate you. I dont think there is an arab outside the very small terrorist movements who hates the US. We hate certain things you did and have done, like the invasion of Iraq (it would have experienced a much more softer protest movement by now had the US not intervened, and the Iraqis would have prevailed)and the repeated unconditional support for the Israelis. But we respect you, your country, and we hope to partake in democracy as well.

These democratic grassroots movements will be very successful, in the end because they are peaceful, and reflect the ambitions of the arab people which will never change: to live in peace, with equal opportunity, to minimize corruption, and to join the international community on equal terms.

We thank whoever wants to intervene in support of the Arab people, but I'll quote a certain American "From time to time, the tree of freedom must be watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants".

This is our fight. Please only provide moral and not military support. When were done with these tyrants, believe me, we wont have any problems with you.

Posted by: abudhabier | February 27, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"America should lead" What a joke! America can't even deal with their own borders, just take a good look at the Mexico Wall and you will see how poor leadership is unless you sell arms. I can't wait for the demise of the dollar even though it will kill my business, but some things are just more important to me.

Posted by: MarcusSkeptus | February 27, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Just once, let's mind our own business. Iraq should've taught us what happens when we intervene in the affairs of Middle Eastern country.

Posted by: gregdn | February 27, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Just once, let's mind our own business. Iraq should've taught us what happens when we intervene in the affairs of Middle Eastern country.

Posted by: gregdn | February 27, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Just once, let's mind our own business. Iraq should've taught us what happens when we intervene in the affairs of Middle Eastern country.

Posted by: gregdn | February 27, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

NO AMERICANS ON THE GROUND! NO ACTION W/O CONSULTING WHATEVER NEW LIBYAN LEADERSHIP EXISTS! THEY MAY WANT SOME KIND OF HELP, THEY DO NOT WANT INTERVENTION!

Posted by: kebec1 | February 27, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

They hate us. They'll still hate us if we put our troops in danger helping them out, and a few years from now another Libyan dictator will be killing his own people.

Posted by: kls1 | February 27, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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