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Leaked cable: John McCain pushed to arm Qadhafi
Politico ^ | 2011-08-26 | Tim Mak

Posted on 08/27/2011 1:49:05 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable shows that Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain promised to help Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi obtain U.S. military hardware in 2009.

The cable, released by the open information group WikiLeaks, reveals the pledge came at meeting that was attended by other prominent members of Congress, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

In the meeting, Muatassim Qadhafi, the Libyan leader’s fifth son and national security adviser, requested U.S. assistance in obtaining military supplies, both lethal and non-lethal.

The cable indicates that McCain was the dominant voice among the congressional delegation in a push for military hardware for Qadhafi.

“Sen. McCain assured Muatassim that the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its...security,” according to the cable.

McCain said that he understood the need for Libya to upgrade its existing ranks of C-130 Hercules aircraft. Libya had bought eight of the military cargo aircraft in the 1970s, but as bilateral relationships with the United States deteriorated, a ban of arms sales prevented the aircraft from being moved to North Africa. McCain pledged to do what he could to move the issue forward in Congress.

McCain stressed that Libya needed to fulfill its commitments of giving up its weapons of mass destruction in order for bilateral engagement to go forward.

Brian Rogers, communications director for McCain, said in a statement to POLITICO that the Arizona Republican never made any promises to Libya and never acted to help the Qadhafi regime.

“At no point did Senator McCain ever promise to help the Qaddafi regime secure U.S. military assistance. Upon the his return to Washington, there were no follow-up discussions and no action taken by Senator McCain or his staff to provide the Qaddafi regime with C-130s or any other military assistance,” said Rogers. “There has been no greater champion than Senator McCain for Libya’s democratic revolution and for the toppling of the brutal Qaddafi regime.”

Rogers also justified what McCain said in the diplomatic note by noting that the meeting came “at a time when Muammar Qaddafi was taking positive steps to give up his nuclear weapons programs and related materials and to renounce terrorism.”

Other details in the leaked diplomatic cable may embarrass McCain given the fall of the Qadhafi regime.

“He [McCain] described the bilateral military relationship as strong and pointed to Libyan officer training at U.S. Command, staff, and war colleges as some of the best programs for Libyan military participation,” says the leaked document.

“The senators expressed appreciation for Libya’s counterterrorism cooperation in the region,” adds the document.

McCain struck a distinctly different tone this week, telling Fox’s Greta van Susteren that “he [Muammar Qadhafi] has the blood of Americans on his hands as a result of Pan Am 103. He is a person who over time would — if he were able to succeed — would clearly train terrorists and export terrorism.”

Graham was the other major voice in the meeting, agreeing with McCain that the C-130 issue needed to be resolved. However, in a May interview with McClatchy Newspapers, Graham said he never acted to provide any support to Libya. “We never did anything,” Graham said. “I didn’t feel comfortable pushing the Pentagon to provide military aircraft to Libya. None of us did.”

At the time, all parties involved seemed pleasantly surprised by the then-relatively robust U.S.-Libya bilateral relationship.

“We never would have guessed 10 years ago that we would be sitting in Tripoli, being welcomed by a son” of Muammar Qadhafi, remarked Lieberman, according to the document. Lieberman called Libya an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies sometimes make better friends.

Muammar Qadhafi attended the meeting, but remained largely silent. “The elder Qadhafi made a point of expressing his satisfaction with the improved U.S relationship and his hope that the relationship would continue to flourish,” according to the leaked cable.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 112th; backstabbermccain; bho44; collins; dnc4mccain; flipflop; gaddafi; gaddhafi; grahamnesty; liar; libya; lieberman; lindseygraham; mccain; mccaintruthfile; qaddhafi; rinos; rinos4obama; soros; susancollins; traitors; vichy

1 posted on 08/27/2011 1:49:14 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

We know they were getting weapons and we know there were boots on the ground...because the captured some Brits.


2 posted on 08/27/2011 1:52:26 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: rabscuttle385
I want an investigation and if these two are tied to this scandal or knew about it, I want them exiled.
3 posted on 08/27/2011 1:54:13 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: rabscuttle385

Has Politico published the story about how the 0bama administration wanted to give Libya military assistance one month before the Libyan civil war? Why is it you never post stories about the 0bama administration?


4 posted on 08/27/2011 2:06:02 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
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To: rabscuttle385
It's quite the delta between wanting to prop up a dictator who was making overtures to "be nice" by de-escalating nuclear aspirations, a country which provides oil to us, then swing wildly to sending support (McCain and Graham) to the rebels fighting against the guy we were propping up.
Again, I ask, who.....are.....the......rebels?????
5 posted on 08/27/2011 2:08:47 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Perdogg
Why is it you never post stories about the 0bama administration?


6 posted on 08/27/2011 2:09:21 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

To all the Freeper McCain supporters of the last election, nice going. /sarcasm


7 posted on 08/27/2011 2:11:40 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain makes Franz Von Papen look like a courageous man.


8 posted on 08/27/2011 2:16:54 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: rabscuttle385

“I disagree with many of the president’s policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country’s cause,” McCain said. “I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals.”

So, Senator, which of our country’s causes and founding ideals has Obama championed? And who sent you to Libya in the firt place to make deals with Gaddafi? Seems there’s such a thing as the Logan Act that doesn’t allow you to make deals with regimes without the man in the White House’s approval and backing.


9 posted on 08/27/2011 2:23:28 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: rabscuttle385

Makes you wonder what kind of payoff they were getting from Mo. Reagan tried to kill this A-hole. Yet the RINOS are all snuggly in bed with him.


10 posted on 08/27/2011 2:49:18 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: rabscuttle385

2009, huh? Right about the time the Lockerbie bomber deal was being done? Go figger...


11 posted on 08/27/2011 3:05:58 PM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: mewzilla
Meanwhile.....

Megrahi terms of release in chaos, says Gray

Snort.

12 posted on 08/27/2011 3:16:43 PM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: rabscuttle385

This is going to be embarrassing to the Democrats. Having one of their own, mixed up in this.


13 posted on 08/27/2011 3:37:23 PM PDT by doggieboy
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To: SERKIT

The rebels are mostly foreigners....this is not a civil war, it’s an invasion, pure and simple.


14 posted on 08/27/2011 3:39:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rabscuttle385

Pictured from left to right:
Lieberman, McCain, Graham

15 posted on 08/27/2011 3:48:37 PM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: Caipirabob
I want them exiled.

The hell with that. Lets send them out of the country!

;-)

16 posted on 08/27/2011 3:53:23 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: rabscuttle385

Sounds like the Ambiguously Gay duo were up to no good.


17 posted on 08/27/2011 4:03:27 PM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: chainsaw

You forgot about Susan Collins!


18 posted on 08/27/2011 4:04:02 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

You forgot about Susan Collins!

There are only three rhinos, for the three RINOs, in the Picture.


19 posted on 08/27/2011 4:17:53 PM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: Marty62
Yet the RINOS are all snuggly in bed with [Qaddafi].

Qaddafi found out what conservatives already knew: McCain will stab you in the back.

McCain and Batboy cannot be retired soon enough.

20 posted on 08/27/2011 4:29:35 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

Amen to that. I can’t believe Ariz. reelected this Rino.


21 posted on 08/27/2011 4:53:13 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: rabscuttle385

bookmark for later


22 posted on 08/27/2011 5:22:32 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Marty62
I can’t believe Ariz. reelected this Rino.

Thank Sarah Palin.


23 posted on 08/27/2011 11:05:13 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama: president until Fri., Jan 20, 2017.)
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