Putin lashes out at U.S. role in Gadhafi killing
December 15th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

Putin lashes out at U.S. role in Gadhafi killing

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused U.S. drones and special forces of involvement in the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in comments Thursday.

He also attacked U.S. Sen. John McCain over a warning that Russia might follow the same path as Libya, suggesting McCain was not of sound mind following his time as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.

Putin's comments were prompted by a question during his traditional year-end question-and-answer program, broadcast live by state media.

Responding to a question about McCain purportedly predicting Putin would meet the same fate as Libya's leader, the Russian prime minister described the televised images of Gadhafi's final moments as "horrible, disgusting scenes" and pointed to U.S. involvement in his death.

"Is that democracy? Who did this? Drones, including those of the U.S., struck his motorcade and then commandos, who were not supposed to be there, called for the so-called opposition and militants by the radio, and he was killed without an investigation or trial," Putin said.

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  27. Tom Krzyzanowski

    Oh this coming from the crazy man himself.

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    • DEAN ALLEN JONES

      Who defines "crazy"? The permanent members of the so-called security council? The leaders of the United States and the West? Or is it the heads of the multi-national and trans national corporations whom they really serve? It seems that the crazy label is affixed to anyone who either, doesn't do as they are told by the West, or march in lockstep with whatever its current agenda or crusade happens to be.

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  30. PATRICK A.

    funny,how no idiot here can never name 1 Libyan who was brutalized by Qaddafi,You idiots should go read a book and learn as to why NATO GANG killed him.
    The Arabs countries who are brutally killing their own citizens are all our allies,the Biggest one even sent american made Tanks to crush protesters in Bahrain,killing Doctors in hospitals.

    December 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  31. DEAN ALLEN JONES

    More phony selective outrage and self-serving acts of "justice". Mr. Putin may be a thug, but he's not as far off the mark on this issue as NATO's apologists would have us believe. Why haven't any leaders of the many brutal White minority regimes which plaged Blacks in places such as South Africa, Rhodesia, Namibia, British Kenya, the Belgian Congo, Portuguese Angola or Mozambique, etc., etc., etc., been over thrown by Western backed "liberation movements" or extra judicially executed, or dragged to the Hague, for "trial?" Libyan intervention was all about an old grudge being settled, and Western greed for Libyan oil and water resources.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  32. Tom Clark

    The US now acts based on 'national interests' (profit) not 'freedom' or 'protecting civilians'. Money rules US foreign policy, not concern for humanity.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  33. JohnDoe

    Hmm ... Let's see ... Is this the same war criminal John McCain whose plane was shot down over north Vietnam while bombing civilian targets?

    December 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • EdisonProudLiberal

      Yeah, all war is stupid. Most of the events in war are fairly planned and most soldiers don't go around shooting at innocent people just for fun. If you'd call the soldiers, criminals, it's fair to advocate that meaning to all of humanity– we crave war, disorder, and are willing to destroy to get our way. So as much as I dislike McCain, to say that he's a criminal for taking part in Vietnam is far-fetched. Although there's truth in this, calling the soldiers criminals is the same as calling all of humanity a bunch of criminals.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
      • Tom Clark

        The Vietnam war was a crime against humanity. McCain is now a rich, disturbed individual ,perhaps because like many others, subjected to the insanity of war. Those who volunteer to go kill other humans are definitely not civilized.

        December 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  34. EdisonProudLiberal

    Alright, first off, Putin has no right to talk. He's probably one of the most corrupt politicians in all of the west. Second off, yes, I don't support the USA getting involved in Libya, either, however; the people of Libya don't mind, and they wanted to see Gadaffi gone. Soo yes, it was bad we got involved, but to call it evil isn't exactly right.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  35. John

    Putin is a thug pure and simple. He is like a Mafia boss and is an extremely dangerous threat to world peace. The crass language he uses repeatedly show what kind of a man he is.
    I get really annoyed when overly self-critical westerners try to justify his policies or draw parallels to how our own politicians behave here. They have no idea what it would be like to live in a country where the secret police can turn up in the middle of the night, abduct, torture and murder civilians and there be no recourse to justice. Where just speaking out lands you in jail.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Marko

      Im Sorry, did we mis the part about the PATRIOT ACT, or better yet the most recent Defense bill that says JUST THAT!!!!
      Come one man take off the blinders youre not in the america you think youre in

      December 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  36. syrian AMERECAN

    Putin is criminal.WHAT horrible and disgusting is your support for the Syrian dictator.and your cheat on the elections.by the way Mc cain is hero and you are zero...

    December 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  37. Squidly

    "

    "Is that democracy? Who did this? Drones, including those of the U.S., struck his motorcade and then commandos, who were not supposed to be there, called for the so-called opposition and militants by the radio, and he was killed without an investigation or trial," Putin said."

    Reminds me of what Vlad's ilustrious predecessors did to Nicholas II and his family...only they got rid of the bodies. It's hard to find a politician anywhere that's not a hypocrite.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  38. deason123

    Putin can lash out all he wants–it doesn't matter. Nobody will remember him after next elections in Russia.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  39. McShame

    McShame should go into an ACLU for the criminally insane. BTW McShame, unlike Gadhafi Putin/Russia could put 100 nuclear warheads up your arse before you can fart.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  40. AndrewCarlton

    He's right.

    December 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • John

      No he's wrong. He is another Gadhafi basically. Ideally Gadhafi should have been tried but after brutalizing his people for 40 years that was unlikely. And we were right to be involved in removing him. I think you are morally confused. Any other action would have been cowardice on our part.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply

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