Sen. McCain Predicts “Hours Not Days” Until Gaddafi is Gone


mccainSen. John McCain predicted that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi would quickly lose his grip on power amid reports rebel fighters had entered the capital Tripoli.

Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, McCain said it was a ‘matter of hours not days’ until Gadhafi’s downfall. The conflict was “nearing the end,” he predicted.

McCain praised NATO forces for their role saying that once they “became more heavily engaged” it was only a matter of time until the Gadhafi regime fell. “We’ll be rid of a guy who has the blood of Americans on his hands,” he said.

Looking ahead to a possible post-Gadhafi future “the big challenge is forming a new government,” said McCain. Of the opposition leadership, he spoke positively: “We can trust them … they can succeed.”

He cautioned that Western nations would need to stay heavily involved, saying that the future of the country would be “up to us and the Europeans.” “We are going to have to help out a lot.”

McCain also expressed disappointment that President Obama did not commit greater American military resources to the aid of the Libyan opposition.

McCain also said that a possible opposition victory “will send a message to Bashar Assad” Syria’s embattled leader. “This Arab spring is echoing all over the world,” he added.

Turning to domestic politics, McCain addressed speculation that his former vice presidential running mate former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would announce her entry into the 2012 presidential race.

Palin “has not asked my advice… I don’t know.” McCain said. He added though that he believed she “would be very formidable” as a candidate.

{The Hill/ Newscenter} 


  1. This is ridiculous. Fools don’t realize that the Libyan people are not our friends nor are the Syrians or Egyptians. Let them all kill each other and not one American life or nickel to interfere.

  2. John McCain, America would be better off with our illegals gone in “hours not days”.

    Aside from that, are you expecting a Thomas Jefferson to rise up among the arabs?

    How dare you, being a former prisoner of war, to want one-single-American soldier to risk their lives in any arab country other than to take over.