Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Freed French Hostages: Celebration and Speculation on how it all happened

Read more

HIGH PROFILE

Justine Dupont, surfer

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Guillaume Poitrinal, Chief executive of Woodeum

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria

Read more

WEB NEWS

France's top consumer group sues internet giants

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shocking revelations on South Korean ferry disaster provoke scathing editorials

Read more

HIGH PROFILE

Olivier Poussier, winner, world's best sommelier (2000)

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Peugeot-Citroën hopes for sales boost at Beijing auto show

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over 'shoe-shine scandal'

Read more

  • Boston readies for first marathon since bombings

    Read more

  • Deadly shootout in eastern Ukraine threatens Geneva deal

    Read more

  • S.Korea president says captain’s action akin to ‘murder’

    Read more

  • Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

    Read more

  • The Great War's unsung four-legged heroes

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine crisis overshadows Easter celebrations

    Read more

  • UK’s Hamilton cruises to victory at Chinese Grand Prix

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • Freed French journalists arrive home after Syria ordeal

    Read more

  • Syria’s Assad visits recaptured Christian town at Easter

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Why Syria’s cash-strapped jihadists let hostages go

    Read more

  • Militants kill Algerian soldiers in deadly ambush

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

France

Greater US involvement needed in Libya crisis, Sen. John McCain tells FRANCE 24

©

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by Marjorie PAILLON

Latest update : 2011-04-28

In an exclusive interview FRANCE 24, US Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain urges the United States to provide greater support to Libyan rebels and calls Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “brutal killer”.

The United States should provide greater support in terms of training and equipment to Libya’s “liberation forces” in their uprising against leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi and need to step up air attacks against his “third-rate” military, said Republican Senator John McCain.


“The American people support the Libyan people," the former US presidential candidate told FRANCE 24’s Marjorie Paillon. "Their struggle is our struggle -- we, at one time in history, had the same kind of struggle.”

McCain, who visited the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya last week, believes the United States should provide more air support, arms and training to the “liberation forces” to end the stalemate between the rebels and Gaddafi’s army.

“Gaddafi is a third-rate military power,” he said. “I’m confident the rebels can get him out.”

As for Syria, where the government is engaging in a brutal crackdown against unprecedented anti-regime protests, McCain called for more sanctions against the government of leader Bashar al-Assad.

“Let’s not have any illusions that this guy is a reformer," McCain said of Assad. "He’s a brutal killer.”

On the US political front, McCain said he was relieved that the “birther” issue -- a reference to doubts raised by the right wing about whether US President Barack Obama was born in the United States as required of US presidents under the Constitution -- had been buried with the release on Wednesday of the president's long-form birth certificate.

“We have unemployment to deal with, and we have wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” McCain said, calling the birther issue “a silly distraction”.

 

Date created : 2011-04-28

  • LIBYA

    McCain urges Washington to recognise Libyan rebels

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)