Lindsey Graham: 'Bomb Gadhafi'

Not so fast, says McCain
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2011 1:52 PM CDT
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill on February 2, 2010 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Lindsey Graham has a solution for the stalemate in Libya: "My recommendation to NATO and to the administration is to cut the head of the snake off, go to Tripoli, start bombing Gadhafi’s inner circle, their compounds their military headquarters in Tripoli," he told State of the Union today. Coalition forces need to "break" Gadhafi's inner circle by making them "wake up every day wondering, ‘Will this be my last?'" Not so fast, countered John McCain, who's fresh off a tour of Libya. Calling Gadhafi a "survivor," McCain continued, "We have tried those things in the past with other dictators, and it’s a little harder than you think it is. I certainly think we ought to make Gadhafi aware that his very life is in danger—but I think we have to be a little careful how we do that." Else where on the Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • On the question of Donald Trump, McCain is "staying out of it. .. He's having the time of his life. I congratulate him for getting all of the attention."
  • Michael Bloomberg skirted Trump, but dissed birthers: "The president was born here. I think the Republicans are making a mistake by making this a big issue." As for the president, he's "got to start inviting people over for dinner, he's got to play golf with them. He's got to pick up the phone and say, 'I know we disagree on this, but I just want to say I heard it's your wife's birthday."
  • Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., thinks shrieking about the debt ceiling is "overstated." Congress has failed to raise it before and "Armageddon didn't hit."

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