Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday criticized President Obama for taking a "backseat role" in Libya, and said it was time for the United States to get "back in the fight."
In an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," McCain argued that Mr. Obama had "withdrawn" from NATO in its actions against Libya, and that NATO forces were subsequently weakened and inadequately supplied.
"I would like to remind you that NATO is an organization of 28 countries," McCain told CBS' Bob Schieffer. "With Italy there's now seven of them actually in the fight. They don't have the assets that the United States of America does. ...the United States is NATO. So the British and the French - God bless them and others - they don't have the assets. They are running out of some of their munitions.
"We need to get back into the fight," McCain urged. "We should be leading. We should not be following."
McCain warned against allowing the conflict to end in a stalemate, an outcome he characterized as "very bad," and which he said would "open the door to al Qaeda."
"It's events on the ground that will drive Qaddafi's desire to leave or not to leave," McCain said. "Right now in many respects he's not doing too badly for a third-rate military power."And while the senator emphasized his opposition to employing ground troops in the Libyan conflict, McCain said the U.S. had to "get its assets back into the air fight" and elsewhere.
*Sigh* Notwithstanding my deep, deep disgust that Mr. Perpetual Guest is given another chance to parade his sour grapes undermining of the president on the Sunday show circuit, the question that begs to be posed is if there is any conflict that he wouldn't break out the pom poms for? Sweet flying spaghetti monster, when deficit spending is on the tongue of every member of the GOP and their enabling buddies in the media, what we need to now is add yet another front in the Middle East to prove our unapologetic imperialism? Of course, the cynic in me thinks that had Obama chose the path McCain advocates (even though it's a violation of international law, something McCain is frightfully ignorant of--a trait you don't want to see in the almost POTUS), that he would find himself doing a 180 flip flop to complain about Obama's imperialism.
What is interesting to me is the inconsistency McCain applies to dealing with Syria. He raises the great fear-mongering bogeyman of al Qaeda in Lebanon to justify increased military air presence (despite that pesky Shia/Sunni/Hezbollah conflict making it doubtful), but ignores that Syria has become, by all intelligence reports, a true haven for al Qaeda. Of course, host Bob Schieffer sees no point in asking such questions on consistency and lawfulness.