‘mccain returns to libya … under very different circumstances’

Steve Benen: Sen. John McCain yesterday became the highest profile U.S. official to visit Libya since international military intervention began, and gave a hearty endorsement to the rebels fighting the Gadhafi government … “They are my heroes,” he said … he called his visit “one of the most exciting and inspiring days of my life”.

….McCain’s last visit to Libya was very different, and it’s amazing that U.S. media outlets reporting on his remarks yesterday are pretending this other visit never occurred. It was just 18 months ago that McCain traveled to Libya and cozied up to Gadhafi, visiting with him at the dictator’s home in Tripoli, shaking his hand, and even bowing a little to Gadhafi:

The point of the meeting was for McCain to discuss delivery of American military equipment to the Libyan regime. I guess the rebels didn’t hear about this? And that American media outlets simply forgot it happened?

Politics Daily (August 2009): Sen. John McCain, visiting Libya this past week, praised Muammar Gaddafi for his peacemaking efforts in Africa. In addition, McCain called for the U.S. Congress to expand ties with Gaddafi’s government, according to Libya’s state news agency. McCain had a face-to-face meeting with Gaddafi, which he detailed on his Twitter page with the following message:

“Late evening with Col. Qadhafi at his “ranch” in Libya – interesting meeting with an interesting man.”


18 months later McCain was mentioning Gaddafi and Hitler in the same sentence (here)

23 Responses to “‘mccain returns to libya … under very different circumstances’”

  1. 1 Dorothy Rissman
    April 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Evil thoughts are entering my head. This show boating ass disgusts me. I can imagine him saying, well the president doesn’t support you, but I do.

    The hate that man carried for the president is unbelievable. Arrogant, nasty man. Need I go on? lol

  2. 2 politicaljunkessa
    April 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

    SMDH @ his bogus victory lap. This man knows no depth too low. He’s a shell of a person and he looks quite mad (mental) here.

  3. 3 CEB
    April 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

    If PBO had ever been in a video taped meeting with G. at any time like this, it would have been the leading news story of every outlet. There would be sides-by- sides on FOX and others as they called him every name in the book (oh, they do this already). McCain wants to be relevant; he wants to be seen as a tough guy who comes to the rescue. He was never a maverick and it is rather painful to see an elderly man who clearly has not grown up. Meanwhile, the real CIC is handling business there and in the many other areas, foreign and domestic, that challenge the nation each day. Let the glory hound have his 5 minutes; the clock is ticking rapidly on his career.

  4. 4 majii
    April 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The MSM is overlooking McCain’s visit in 2009 for the same reason it keeps inviting him onto Sunday morning “news” programs: they are kissing his azzz and pretending that he matters in the great scheme of things when he isn’t worth a $*!t. Steve Benen has repeated and repeated on his blog that McCain isn’t an expert on ANY policy issue, and that the attention he gets is unwarranted. The MSM thinks that stroking McCain’s ego is more important than exposing him for the POS he really is. And, oh, no! the MSM wouldn’t want to offend him because it might affect their access to the other liars and seditionists in the GOP. Another example of the lack of journalistic integrity in the MSM was the fact that not one outlet mentioned that James Inhofe refused to help Secretary Clinton defuse the situation in Ivory Coast when she asked him to write a letter asking Gbagbo to step down. He refused because Gbagbo is affiliated with The Family, even though Gbagbo had lost the election in 2010. Benen reported this, but he was the only one. Instead of standing up and doing the right thing by telling Gbagbo to leave, Inhofe defied PBO and the United States’ position on the issue by calling for a “do over” of the election. Inhofe is another piece of GOP $*!t parading as a “statesman” and “patriot.”

    • 5 Dorothy Rissman
      April 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Majii, you are spot on. They invite the “idiot” is because he exaggerates and out and out lies constantly. His entire purpose in life is to destroy our president.

      I also find it quite tragic that numnuts has never gotten over the election. He no longer has any honor. He is in reality a loser.

      • 6 Theo67
        April 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

        McCain should be ashamed to show his face simply for the fact that he introduced the disaster that is Palin to the whole world, which spawned the illegitimate tea party nation/patriots – whatever they’re calling themselves. He will be stained with that ownership for the rest of time.

        • 7 Asher in Boston
          April 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

          @ Theo, me too. Never will I ever forgive McCain for unleashing this hateful, ignorant woman, Palin on the world. Who cares what Mccain does or thinks/assumes he is doing??? Not me, and most definately also not the majority of Americans.

    • 8 Asher in Boston
      April 23, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      AMEN. majji.

  5. 9 sherijr
    April 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Oh my G.. has this man EVER BEEN RIGHT on anything?? I honestly believe had he won the election, life under John McCain would have been even more horrifying than it was under Bush.

    And the media.. when have they not protected him and covered for his blunders. Seems to me this happened when he and Leibermann went to Iraq during the election.. and he confused a couple of things. His judgement is so wrong so off on everything.

    thanks for the catch on this Chips, will post it far and wide.

    • 10 Dorothy Rissman
      April 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Spot on reply sherijr. teehee, I remember when Joe had to correct him on camera because he was so completely clue as to what was happening and who was doing what.

  6. 11 Jessica
    April 23, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’m going to be so real right now. McCain is a non-factor. He used to have clout and respect pre-2008 campaign but he has completely tarnished his reputation. No one cares what he thinks or takes him seriously. And it was all his own doing.

  7. 12 Fred
    April 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Same old same old. Neocons never go away. They just change sides.

  8. April 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    And the idiots of my state re-elected this schmuck.

  9. April 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Oh, and I might add, did I see McCain bow to Quaddafi. If that was President Obama, it would be played over and over on the 24 hours news cycle. Gheez!

  10. 15 lisa
    April 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Are we really that surprised? I mean, this is McCain we’re talking about here! The man’s a true work of art, not to mention a genius! His ability to talk out of both sides of his mouth with different accents is solid gold. We should clone him. Really.

  11. April 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Of course I am not surprised. He has been a miserable Senator and Congressman in the State of Arizona since 1986. Nothing this man does surprises me. I am sickened by it.

  12. 18 HZ
    April 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    This is an act of disrespect. Sen. MaCain is still and angry man. However, heart is not right. Plain and simple. Look at his actions. His is a miserable person. Much prayer needs to be prayed for Sen. MaCain. God is not happy with a person’s heart that is filled with hatred and bitterness and jealousy. Really sad.

  13. 19 Yardarm756
    April 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    This man has been a menace since his days at Annapolis. He is an example of what you get from privilege and entitlement.
    The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.- Laurence J. Peter (1919 – 1988) sums this dude up. We served in Vietnam during the same time period and he was known throughout the fleet as a scum bag. His antics before he was captured had caused personal injury to quite a few fellow sailors. If he were on fire, i wouldn’t pee on him to put it out. Besides, it would be a waste of urine. Just sayin’.

    • 20 Sue in Minnesota
      April 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      I’ll never forget the way he mistreated family members of POW/MIA’s during a Senate hearing. It was disgraceful. And leads me to believe the man has something to hide with respect to his own POW experience. I have only the basic level of respect for him as a fellow human being. And I won’t get started on Palin…..that is a complete waste of my time, energy and attention.

  14. 21 virginia
    April 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Once again McCain rushes in to make a fool of himself. Remember back in September 2008 when he “suspended” his campaign to rush back to Wsshington to “fix” the economy? After just weeks before saying he didn’t “know that much about the economy”? After his campaign “suspension” things got even worse. It also revealed to the country that he and Miss Sarah didn’t have a CLUE about what to do about the economy. Their numbers sank then, and never recovered. This is an example of McCain embarrassing himself once again.

  15. 23 NMBLUSKY
    August 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    So, Obama was able to depose a dictator without wasting $1 trillion or lying about WMDs? That’s smart diplomacy.

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