McCain Sees Hope for Libyan Rebels

Monday, 25 Apr 2011 11:21 AM

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The war in Libya has not gone well as witnessed by Sen. John McCain, who made a trip to the country late last week. However, the senator tells Time magazine that he still sees hope for the rebel forces fighting to topple Moammar Gadhafi.

mccain, libya"Gadhafi is a third-rate military power," he told the magazine on Sunday. "This isn't the Wehrmacht we're taking on. These are a bunch of … mercenaries that are highly paid — but one thing we know about mercenaries is that if they think things are going in the wrong direction, they'll get out of Dodge."

McCain is pushing for the U.S. to take a more forceful stance again the long-standing dictator by backing rebel forces.

"We should recognize" the rebel leadership as a provisional government, he said, which might open up the financial pipeline to Benghazi. "Get them communications equipment [like] satellite phones … These guys are still talking on cell phones! We should get them equipment and stuff that may not be weapons directly from us, but stuff they need that would really help … uniforms."

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