Quantcast
Connect with us

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Ignore U.N. mandate and bomb Gaddafi now

Published

on

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks it’s time to take the fight directly to Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi regardless of what the U.N. mandate says.

“The military’s strategy of taking U.S. air assets out of NATO, I think, was a big mistake,” Graham told CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday.

“My recommendation to NATO and the administration is to cut the head of the snake off, go to Tripoli, start bombing Gaddafi’s inner circle, their compounds, their military headquarters in Tripoli. The way to get Gaddafi to leave is have his inner circle break and turn on him. That’s going to take a sustained effort through an air campaign. I think the focus should now be to cut the head of the snake off. That’s the quickest way to end this.”

ADVERTISEMENT

“Here’s the problem,” Crowley noted. “The U.N. resolution calls for protecting the Libyan people. It is going to be hard to make that connection saying, ‘Listen, we’re going after Gaddafi, we’re going after his men.’ That is not within the mandate.”

“Well, it is my belief that it is going to be hard for American national security interests to survive intact if Gaddafi stays,” Graham said. “You know, I like coalitions. It is good to have them. It is good to have the U.N. involved. But the goal is to get rid of Gaddafi, a military stalemate is ensuing and the only way I know to make this thing successful is to put pressure on Tripoli. The people around gadhafi need to wake up every day wondering will this be my last. The military commanders in Tripoli supporting Gaddafi should be pounded.”

“So I would not let the UN mandate stop what is the right thing to do,” he added.

Watch this video from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast April 24, 2011.


ADVERTISEMENT

Watch this video on iPhone/iPad


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump’s is appealing to an electorate that is ‘dissolving before his eyes’: columnist

Published

on

Writing in The Atlantic this Thursday, Ronald Brownstein says that Donald Trump is running for reelection for an America that "no longer exists."

"Trump in recent weeks has repeatedly reprised two of Richard Nixon’s most memorable rallying cries, promising to deliver 'law and order' for the 'silent majority,'" Brownstein writes. "But in almost every meaningful way, America today is a radically different country than it was when Nixon rode those arguments to win the presidency in 1968 amid widespread anti-war protests, massive civil unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., white flight from major cities, and rising crime rates. Trump’s attempt to emulate that strategy may only prove how much the country has changed since it succeeded."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump is a friendless ‘psychopath’ who now sees Kavanaugh and Gorsuch as enemies: Art of the Deal ghostwriter

Published

on

Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were nominated by Donald Trump, voted with the majority on Thursday against the president. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter behind “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” says that the president now views the two Supreme Court justices as his enemies.

“The psychopathy is why he does what he does,” Schwartz told CNN. “He has no conscience and so breaking the law for him is no big deal.”

The Supreme Court rejected claims by Trump's attorneys that the president enjoyed absolute immunity, but the rulings may still allow him to keep his financial records secret until after the November election.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Trump may well face charges’ after Supreme Court gave prosecutors access to financial records: Legal experts

Published

on

President Donald Trump could potentially face charges after the Supreme Court dealt him a loss in Trump v. Vance .

The ruling gives Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. the go-ahead to subpoena Trump’s accounting firm as part of his investigation into possible tax crimes involving hush money payments to his mistresses, according to attorneys Norm Eisen and Bassetti in Just Security.

"Trump has significant state law criminal exposure in connection with his hush money payments (for which his fixer Michael Cohen has already gone to jail on federal charges) — and more," the pair wrote. "Trump cannot pardon himself for state law offenses on his way out the door. And the Justice Department’s position that a sitting president cannot be indicted does not bind New York state authorities."

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image