John McCain promised Qaddafi US arms for Libya in 2009 meeting, leaked cable says

Arizona Sen. John McCain reportedly promised Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi US military assistance during a 2009 meeting outside Tripoli.

The information recently came to light through a leaked diplomatic cable, courtesy of the website WikiLeaks.

Three other US senators, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, joined McCain at the meeting.

According to the leaked cable, the four senators first met with Qaddafi’s son Muatassim, who was acting as his country’s national security adviser, and then with the Libyan leader himself.

“Sen. McCain assured Muatassim that the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its … security,” according to the cable.

Last Friday, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers issued a statement, denying that Senator McCain ever gave assurances that the US would aid Libya militarily.

“At no point did Senator McCain ever promise to help the Qadhafi regime secure U.S. military assistance,” Rogers said in the statement.

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  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/30/2011 - 11:55 am.

    John McCain leads, and his cohorts serve in, an organization called the International Republican Institute. They travel the world conducting foreign policy, which I doubt is in their job description, and were responsible for the Georgian attack on South Ossettia that was blamed on Russia by the U.S., although it was Russia who came to its rescue when Georgia attacked its capitol in the middle of the night, destroyed much of its infrastructure and killed many sleeping citizens with their tanks and war planes. The IRI and Condi Rice first helped Georgia’s president win the election and then arranged for tons of military aid so President Saakashvili could carry out a huge military buildup. The U.S. and Israel then trained the new soldiers and, voila, their puppet spring into action with this invasion without telling them of his plans.

    This is just one example of their interference in the internal affairs of other countries for the purpose, I guess, of spreading “democracy.” Other adventures were in Latin America and who knows where all.

    The IRI should be defunded and the senators told to stay out of the Administration’s and State Department’s business. There’s also a Democratic International Institute, but it doesn’t do the kinds of things the Republicans do. Might as well do away with both, however, and save dollars better spent on foreign aid.

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