When doing good isn’t the right thing to do
Senator John McCain put his life in harm’s way once again in duty for his country. He wanted a first-hand assessment of the situation in Libya. That is most admirable.
Yet, Americans cannot let emotion cloud the view. Surely the rebels are fighting for their freedom from a tyrannical regime. This is a better situation than in Iraq or Afghanistan because the rebellion was initiated by the people.
With strong US support, NATO and a coalition are backing the rebels without committing troops as that would cross the line from civil war to a declared war against Libya.
The USA drones are back. There is one certain target that I would like to see them hit, and that is Qadaffi headquarters. In the name of the rebels and by their command, launch and fire.
While it is a people's revolution, it is all about oil. It isn't right to cross the line in a revolution. It is right to back the rebels. At their will and direction, NATO can hit the target.
“Sen. John McCain says rebels fighting Gadhafi troops are his heroes during visit to east Libya
By Associated Press, Friday, April 22, 4:13 AM
BENGHAZI, Libya — U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, said Friday that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s troops are his heroes.
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee made the remark after arriving in
McCain said he was in Benghazi “to get an on the ground assessment of the situation” and planned to meet with the rebel National Transition Council, the de-facto government in the eastern half of the country, and members of the rebel military.
“They are my heroes,” McCain said of the rebels as he walked out of a local hotel in Benghazi. He was traveling in an armored Mercedes jeep and had a security detail. A few Libyans waved American flags as his vehicle drove past.
McCain’s visit is the highest yet by an American official to the rebel-held east and a boost to the anti-Gadhafi forces. Details of the trip were shrouded in secrecy due to heightened security in a country fiercely divided by the two-month-old anti-Gadhafi rebellion.
McCain’s trip comes as Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday that President Barack Obama has authorized armed Predator drones against forces loyal to Gadhafi. It is the first time that drones will be used for airstrikes since the United States turned over control of the operation to NATO on April 4.
The rebels have complained that NATO airstrikes since then have largely been ineffective in stopping Gadhafi forces.
Invoking the humanitarian disasters in Rwanda and Bosnia in the 1990s, McCain pressed for U.S. military intervention in Libya in February, weeks before the U.N. Security Council authorized military action to protect civilians and impose a no-fly zone.
When Obama acted with limited congressional consultation, McCain — who was the 2008 Republican presidential contender running against Obama — defended the president, saying he couldn’t wait for Congress to take even a few days to debate the use of force. If he had, “there would have been nothing left to save in Benghazi,” the rebels’ de-facto capital.”