McCain slams Obama for taking 'backseat role' in Libya

US Senator says during CBS interview "we should be taking out Gaddafi's command and if he is killed or injured because of that, that's fine."

May 2, 2011 03:19
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US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) criticized US President Barack Obama on Sunday for taking a "backseat role" in Libya and "withdrawing" from NATO.

Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," McCain said in response to the airstirke that killed one of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons that military action was "obviously an attempt to remove Gadhafi's command and control."

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He even hinted that attempts to assassinate Gaddafi were justified. "We should be taking out his command and control. And if he is killed or injured because of that, that's fine," McCain said.

McCain went on to criticize the Obama administration and said the president has "withdrawn from NATO" and the United States has taken a "backseat role."

During the day on Sunday, Western embassies in Tripoli were attacked and renewed fighting broke out across the country as a result of the NATO airstrike.

Britain has decided to expel the Libyan ambassador after its embassy in Tripoli was attacked, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday.

"The Vienna Convention requires the Gaddafi regime to protect diplomatic missions in Tripoli. By failing to do so that regime has once again breached its international responsibilities and obligations," he said in a statement, referring to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"As a result, I have taken the decision to expel the Libyan ambassador," he said, adding that the official now had 24 hours to leave Britain.

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"There is also fighting in the al-Rayayna area (to the east of Zintan). We have been fighting them there since this morning.

Following an incursion into Tunisia by Gaddafi forces on Friday, during which several civilians and pro-Gaddafi forces were killed before retreating across the border, Libyan forces fired artillery shells into Tunisa once again on Sunday.

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