McCain: U.S.-Led Operation Would Have Gotten Rid of Qaddafi by Now

US Senator John McCain at a press conference in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi, April 22, 2011.

From Fox News:  The United States should be running military operations in Libya, not leaving it to NATO, Arizona Sen. John McCain said Sunday , arguing that U.S. forces would have been much more expedient about getting rid of Libyan despot Muammar al-Qaddafi

McCain said President Obama this week did expand the purpose of the NATO mission — saying that civilian protection cannot be accomplished with Qaddafi in power — but his position is too slowly evolving. 

"As he is gradually changing, people are dying on the ground in Libya and they wouldn’t have to if we were using all of U.S. airpower and the abilities and the unique capabilities that the United States military has. And, unfortunately, we are not," McCain told "Fox News Sunday."

"Qaddafi may crack. He may crack. But this could have been over a long time ago if we had brought the full weight of the American airpower to bear on him," McCain added.  (photo: Getty)

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