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GOP Sens. McCain and Graham Thank Everyone But U.S. For Libya Victory

In a bizarre statement about the developments in Libya, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) commend many countries for bringing about “the end of the Qadaffi regime.” But the United States is not one of the them. “We…commend our British, French, and other allies, as well as our Arab partners, especially Qatar and the UAE, for their leadership in this conflict,” they write, “but we regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employ the full weight of our airpower.” It’s hard to read the senators’ petty refusal to acknowledge America’s leadership in the mission to oust Libya’s dictator as anything but a thinly veiled critique of President Obama. The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen notes that this “thank America last” crowd may be the new version of the famous “blame America first” crowd.