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McCain: I didn't want arms for Qadhafi
Politico ^ | 2011-08-29 | Tim Mak

Posted on 08/29/2011 4:02:49 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

Sen. John McCain on Monday strongly disputed a U.S. diplomatic cable that said he pushed to help Muammar Qadhafi’s regime obtain military hardware two years ago, calling the notion “outrageous.”

The 2009 cable, released by the open information group WikiLeaks and written by staff at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, said in particular that McCain, at a meeting with Qadhafi and one of his sons, promised to help Libya obtain C-130 Hercules military cargo aircraft.

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On Monday, McCain told Foreign Policy magazine that the diplomatic cable was incorrect, and that he had never pledged any help to Libya in obtaining military hardware. “Of course not, that would have been ridiculous,” he said. “I was noncommittal. … I never said anything and I never did a single thing to follow up.”

McCain’s comments echoed what his spokesperson Brian Rogers told POLITICO on Friday. “At no point did Sen. McCain ever promise to help the Qadhafi regime secure U.S. military assistance. Upon the his return to Washington, there were no follow-up discussions and no action taken by Sen. McCain or his staff to provide the Qadhafi regime with C-130s or any other military assistance,” Rogers said.

McCain suggested that the embassy may have had its own interests in mind when writing the diplomatic cable. “At that time, the embassy was very interested in having a relationship with Qadhafi, but I can’t imagine why that diplomat said the things they said. It’s beyond me,” McCain said.

“Overall, I thought it was a very strange and bizarre experience,” said McCain of his meeting with Qadhafi, which was delayed six hours and took place in the desert.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 112th; bho44; flipflop; gaddhafi; liar; libya; mccain; mccaintruthfile; mcinsane; mcstain; qadhafi

1 posted on 08/29/2011 4:02:52 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; TigersEye; cripplecreek; indylindy; Kimberly GG; ...

Liar!!! FUJM!!!

2 posted on 08/29/2011 4:04:05 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385

FUJM!


3 posted on 08/29/2011 4:06:16 PM PDT by Grunthor (In order; Perry, Palin. None of the rest matter 'til the general)
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To: rabscuttle385

Memory loss is a terrible indicator. Retire before you further embarrass yourself, but it make be too late.


4 posted on 08/29/2011 4:07:59 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain: I didn't want arms for Qadhafi

Well, then... that settles it. (as Michelle Bachmann might say)

5 posted on 08/29/2011 4:08:18 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: rabscuttle385

BS!!!!!


6 posted on 08/29/2011 4:08:21 PM PDT by mongo141
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To: rabscuttle385
Whom to believe? John McCain or "diplomats" working for Obama.

I trust Mc Cain far more than Obama-bots.

7 posted on 08/29/2011 4:08:58 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: rabscuttle385
Whom to believe? John McCain or "diplomats" working for Obama.

I trust Mc Cain far more than Obama-bots.

8 posted on 08/29/2011 4:09:59 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: rabscuttle385

Eh, shut up McCain. You are a liar and a big mouth traitor.


9 posted on 08/29/2011 4:10:32 PM PDT by dforest
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh yeah, Senator, how many times have you ‘reassured us’ that Oblame-o is a great patriot since you lost the election in 2008? What were you even doing talking to the Qhadafi regime in 2009? Who sent you there? Couldln’t have been your pal Oblame-o now could it, knowing that by sending you, a republican, any deals would fall under the radar of criticism.


10 posted on 08/29/2011 4:12:01 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: rabscuttle385

mccain’s mentally ill.


11 posted on 08/29/2011 4:19:07 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: OldNavyVet

You’d be mistaken to consider these cables the work of diplomats “working for Obama.” Most diplomats are permanent government employees, who have served in overseas posts - often dangerous - for years and decades. They have to move frequently; a posting usually lasts 4 years max. They’re doing a thankless job in some very difficult situations. They serve the *country,* not the President.

My best man is a foreign service diplomat, stationed in Baghdad *right now.* He was working at the embassy in Nairobi when it was bombed by Al Qaeda in ‘98. He survived because he went out to pick up lunch; the woman he was also getting lunch for was killed. He’s served for 30 years, through presidencies of both parties, primarily those of GOP Presidents. (Reagan, Bush, and Bush.)

It’s only the guys at the very top that are political appointees. The rest are regular old “government bureaucrats.”


12 posted on 08/29/2011 4:20:35 PM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: rabscuttle385
Duh.


13 posted on 08/29/2011 4:44:26 PM PDT by Palter (Celebrate diversity .22, .223, .25, 9mm, .32 .357, 10mm, .44, .45, .500)
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To: OldNavyVet
I have been thinking about this and somehow they are both lying. It is just what they do!

LLS

14 posted on 08/29/2011 5:15:29 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: ken21

“mccains mentaly ill”
Probably, but he is still sly enough to lie exactly like a democrat.


15 posted on 08/29/2011 5:17:55 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: worst-case scenario
That message “could” have been sent because certain people may have wanted certain other people... to see that message... maybe.

LLS

16 posted on 08/29/2011 5:18:24 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: rabscuttle385
Occasionally, WikiLeaks exposes the right people...


17 posted on 08/29/2011 5:19:00 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Grunthor

and he never considered Lieberman as his vice and he never was approached by Kerry to be the dem vice

suck an egg McLettuce


18 posted on 08/29/2011 5:22:44 PM PDT by advertising guy (if a politician from either party was to say hello to me, it should be law I can shoot em)
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To: rabscuttle385
"That was then, damnit!

This is now!

19 posted on 08/29/2011 5:38:01 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: rabscuttle385
"I never said anything and I never did a single thing to follow up.”

Um, he didn't follow up on what he didn't say?

20 posted on 08/29/2011 6:46:27 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Travis McGee

Terminally constipated!


21 posted on 08/29/2011 11:36:28 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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