Republican Senator John McCain endorsed the US missile strikes on Libya. McCain appeared on the CBS Early Show and said; The US military strikes averted Â“a horrible blood bathÂ”. Other GOP leaders criticized President ObamaÂ’s use of military force, stating the President has turned the US from a leader into a follower.
Former Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty, said; The US has entered new territory as a world leader if President Obama is going to follow French President Nicolas SarkozyÂ’s terms for security in Libya. President Obama stated the US is working along side its allies on the offensive against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
Senator McCain told The Early Show, the no-fly zone the US is enforcing with NATO allies is working. McCain believes the military needs to enact a Â“no-driveÂ” zone. Pro Qaddafi tanks are making it impossible to enter the besieged city of Agedabya. Control of the city has changed hands several times in the fight to remove Qaddafi from power.
McCain called Qaddafi a man Â“with American blood on his hands,Â” referring to the Libya leaderÂ’s spearheading of the Pan American bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. He wants QaddafiÂ’s army to know the US is working with its allies to prevent the senseless killing of Libya civilians. McCain said the US and NATO forces need to turn the momentum of this fight over to the Libyan rebels.
Many Republican leaders see President Obama following the French initiative as weak and indecisive. Senator John McCain sees the US involvement as a necessity. Without international intervention, Muammar Qaddafi will not relinquish the stronghold he has on Libya. The US and the world has to prove to Qaddafi there are consequences for killing innocent civilians.