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Senate Proceeding 03-29-11 on Mar 29th, 2011 :: 0:31:25 to 0:42:30
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John McCain

0:31:09 to 0:31:29( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. proceedings under the quorum call be suspended and ask that i be recognized in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. mccain: i thank you, mr. president. i'd like to take time to address the ongoing situation in libya. last night the president made a

John McCain

0:31:25 to 0:42:30( Edit History Discussion )
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John McCain

0:31:30 to 0:31:51( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: strong defense of our military action in libya. i welcome his remarks and i appreciate he explained why this intervention was both right and necessary. especially in light of the unprecedented democratic awakening that is now sweeping the broader middle east. there's been much criticism of the president's handling of the

John McCain

0:31:52 to 0:32:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: situation in libya. some legitimate, some not. but the fact is because we did act, the united states and our coalition partners averted a strategic and humanitarian disaster in libya. even as we seek adjustments to u.s. policy where appropriate to ensure that we accomplish the u.s. goal, as stated by the

John McCain

0:32:15 to 0:32:36( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: president, forcing qadhafi to leave power, i believe the president's decision to intervene in libya deserves strong bipartisan support here in congress and among all americans. it's worth remembering, especially for the rittics of this inter -- critics of this intervention, exactly what we would be facing in italy now had we not taken action.

John McCain

0:32:37 to 0:32:58( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: just over one week ago qadhafi was b on bengazi. qadhafi pledged, in his words, no mercy for these people. he pledged to go house to house

John McCain

0:32:59 to 0:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: to crush everyone opposed to it. had we not taken action in libya, bengazi would now be remembered in the same breath as seveneza. libyan refugees would now be streaming into

John McCain

0:33:20 to 0:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: destabilizing those countries during their already daunting political transitions. if we had allowed qadhafi to slaughter arabs and muslims who were lead -- pleading the u.s. to help them. al qaeda would have exploited

John McCain

0:33:41 to 0:34:01( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the resulting chaos and hopelessness. the forces of counterrevolution in the region would have gotten the message that the world would tolerate the violent oppression of peaceful demonstrations for universal rights. this would have been a dramatic setback for the arab spring, which represents the most

John McCain

0:34:02 to 0:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: consequential geopolitical opportunity in centuries. that's why libya matters. why we were right to intervene. yes, there are many other places in the world where evil resides, where monsters brutalize civilians. the united states cannot and should not intervene in all of these places.

John McCain

0:34:24 to 0:34:45( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: but we were right to do so in libya because of the unique position that this country now occupies at a moment of historic change in the middle east and north africa. this does not mean we should take the actions towards other countries in the region as we have toward libya.

John McCain

0:34:46 to 0:35:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: each of these countries is different. their challenges and situations are different. when governments, both friend and foe, use force an oppression to crush peaceful demands for universal rights, we need to be clear in our condemnation and we need to support the aspirations of all people who seek greater

John McCain

0:35:12 to 0:35:34( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: freedom, swru, justice an economic opportunity. qadhafi's brutal slaughter of fellow arab and muslims has set libya apart from the other countries and it needed the response that we and our international partners have taken. while some believe that the president should have sought a congressional authorization for

John McCain

0:35:35 to 0:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the use of force or formal declaration for war prior to taking military action in libya, i think it was in keeping with past actions, be it president clinton's action in the balkans, had congress taken even a few days to debate the use of force

John McCain

0:35:56 to 0:36:17( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: prior to acting in libya, it would have been nothing left to say in that's why our founders gave the president the power, as commander in chief, to respond swiftly and energetically to crises. what we need now is not a debate about the past, that can come

John McCain

0:36:18 to 0:36:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: later, many of house wanted a no-fly zone at the time still are convinced this could have been over by now. but the fact is, it's in the past. what we need is a forward-looking strategy to accomplish the u.s. goal as articulated by the president of

John McCain

0:36:41 to 0:37:02( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: forcing ka d qadhafi to leave power. we've not yet secured our goal. as some of us predicted, u.s. and coalition air power has decisively and quickly reversed the momentum of qadhafi's forces, but now we need to refine u.s. strategy to achieve success as quickly as possible.

John McCain

0:37:03 to 0:37:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: as every military strategist knows, the purpose of applying military force is to achieve policy goals. our goal in libya is that qadhafi must go, and it is the right goal, but let's be honest with ourselves. we're indeed talking about regime change, whether the president wants to call it that or not.

John McCain

0:37:24 to 0:37:46( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: i agree with the president that we should not send u.s. ground troops to libya to remove qadhafi from power. that is exactly what libyan opposition forces are fighting to do. they are now on the outskirts of qadhafi's hometown of cert, and they appear to have no intention of stopping there.

John McCain

0:37:47 to 0:38:07( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: thus far, u.s. and coalition air powers cleared a path for the opposition to advance. u.n. security council resolution 1973 authorizes the use of -- quote -- "all necessary measures to protect civilians in libya." as long as qadhafi remains in power, he will pose an

John McCain

0:38:08 to 0:38:29( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: increasing danger to the world and civilians in libya will not be safe. ultimately, we need to be straight with the american people and with ourselves. we are not neutral in the conflict in libya. we want the opposition to succeed, and we want qadhafi to leave power.

John McCain

0:38:30 to 0:38:51( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: these are just causes. we must therefore provide the necessary and appropriate assistance to aid the opposition in their fight. that certainly means continuing to use air power to degrade qadhafi's military forces in the field, and i'm encouraged by the fact that we are now bringing in ac-130 and a-10 attack aircraft

John McCain

0:38:52 to 0:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: to provide more close-in support. this is the libyan people's fight, but we need to continue to help make it a fairer fight until qadhafi is forced to leave power. i was very encouraged today to hear our ambassador to the united nations suggest that the united states may provide arms to the opposition.

John McCain

0:39:16 to 0:39:36( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: we should also provide them, if requested and as appropriate, with resources, command and control technology, communications equipment, battlefield intelligence and training. we need to take every responsible measure to help the libyan opposition change the balance of power on the ground. yes, it's been documented that many eastern libyans went to

John McCain

0:39:37 to 0:39:58( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: fight in iraq. many met their end there, too. but libyans are not rising up against qadhafi now under the banner of al qaeda. to the quarter, -- contrary, they have largely pledged their support to the transitional national council which is based in benghazi and representative

John McCain

0:39:59 to 0:40:19( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: of tribes and communities across libya. the leaders of this council are not unknown to us. they have met with senior administration officials, including the secretary of state, as well as other world leaders. their supporters are brave lawyers, students and human rights advocates who just want to choose their own future free

John McCain

0:40:20 to 0:40:42( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: from qadhafi. they have declared their vision for libya as -- quote -- "a constitutional democratic civil state based on the rule of law, respect for human rights, and the guarantee of equal rights and opportunities for all its citizens. if these moderate democratic forces do not succeed in libya,

John McCain

0:40:43 to 0:41:04( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: we know exactly who would fill the void: the radicals and the ideologues. we have seen this movie before. we cannot make the assumption that time is on our side. it is not. perhaps qadhafi's regime will crack tomorrow. i hope it will. but hope is not a strategy.

John McCain

0:41:05 to 0:41:27( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: if our strategy does not succeed in forcing qadhafi to leave power sooner rather than later, we run the risk of prolonged and bloodied stalemate. this is not in america's interests, nor in the interests of the libyan people. the risks are still too high of repeating a similar income from the first gulf war where we had

John McCain

0:41:28 to 0:41:48( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: crushing sanctions and a no-fly zone in place. but still saddam hussein managed to hold onto power, threaten the world and brutalize his own people for another 12 years. and only then it took an armed invasion to remove him from power. this -- that is not a definition of success in libya, and it

John McCain

0:41:49 to 0:42:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: certainly is not a limited mission. it is a recipe for a costly and indefinite stalemate. we must avert that outcome. our mission in libya is going well, but we have not yet accomplished our goal. i am extremely thankful and grateful for our many friends and allies, especially our arab

John McCain

0:42:11 to 0:42:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: partners, for contributing to this mission. however, none of this is a substitute for sustained u.s. leadership. if our goal in libya is worth fighting for -- and i believe it is -- then the united states must remain strongly engaged to force qadhafi to leave power.

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