Feinstein: Let’s “go in and arrest” Gaddafi

posted at 12:55 pm on March 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Jim Vicevich catches this suggestion from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), usually considered one of the clearer Democratic thinkers on national security and the military in Congress. Air strikes haven’t forced Moammar Gaddafi to flee Libya, she told Andrea Mitchell at MSNBC yesterday, but you know what would work?  A warrant for his arrest, courtesy of the International Criminal Court.  All we need to do is to, er, “go in and arrest him”:

Pray tell, Senator, just how does one execute an arrest warrant without “putting boots on the ground”?  Mitchell makes the same point after Feinstein suggests that the third option would be to handle Gaddafi the same way we handled Saddam Hussein, which would be a massive ground war and occupation.  Of course, Feinstein doesn’t actually put it that way, but smirks when Mitchell points it out.

So can we consider Feinstein a neo-con now?  At least in Iraq, we invaded after Hussein repeatedly violated the cease-fire that ended operations in the first Gulf War and ignored seventeen UN resolutions demanding his compliance.  Suddenly, Democrats seem awfully comfortable with the idea of ground forces, invasions, and regime change through military means in Arab nations, with much lower thresholds for action.  Unless, of course, Feinstein is so delusional to think that the US can send an envoy with an ICC summons and believe that (a) the envoy could locate Gaddafi, (b) the envoy would survive long enough to deliver it, and (c) Gaddafi would flee Libya out of fear of the ICC after standing up to two weeks of air strikes from NATO.  Hell, maybe he’d laugh so hard that he asphyxiates.

Perhaps Feinstein should avail herself of the right to remain silent.


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Great idea, Dianne. Here’s your Colt Peacemaker, your parachute, your map…

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Oh, now I see. It is a police action.

Dhuka on March 31, 2011 at 12:57 PM

If he likes cheese, we can put cheese in a large mousetrap…

right2bright on March 31, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Ed,

As you wrote that last line were you thinking of Ron White’s quip “I had the right to remain silent. I just didn’t have the ability”?

We have too many tools divorced from reality in Congress.

Duncan Khuver on March 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM

At least in Iraq, we invaded after Hussein repeatedly violated the cease-fire that ended operations in the first Gulf War and ignored seventeen UN resolutions demanding his compliance

Not to mention that little detail of complying with the Constitution and getting Congressional authorization beforehand.

I swear, our political class is getting dumber all the time.

rbj on March 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Prime example of how liberalism really is a mental disorder.

ZenDraken on March 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Perhaps Feinstein should avail herself of the right to remain silent.

To paraphrase Ron White, she has the right to remain silent, just not the ability.

iurockhead on March 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Hmm – I always considered her one of the less idiotic dems, kind of like Moe being the smartest Stooge. However, she proves her stupidity to be weapons grade with that statement.

Wyatt Wingfoot on March 31, 2011 at 1:00 PM

He would escape punishment by picking up a nightstick (he already has his paramilitary uniform on) and standing by a polling place.

DrAllecon on March 31, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Duncan Khuver on March 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Beat me to it

iurockhead on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Calling Inspector Clouseau! Boots gumshoes on the ground! Get a warrant. Get K’daffy and get him to court!

cartooner on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Kaddafi has NOW vowed to resume targeting civilian airliners.

The clock is ticking. Kaddafi’s typical retaliation turnaround time is measured in mere weeks or months.

March ’86 (Reagan) Gulf of Sidra
April ’86: (Kaddafi) Berlin bombing + TWA840

April ’86: (Reagan) El Dorado Canyon
Sept ’86: (Kaddafi) PA73 + Dec ’88: PA103 + Sept ’89: UTA772

Perhaps you don’t believe Kaddafi?

Fine. But don’t ask the orphans, widows and aging parents of innocent Americans murdered by Kaddafi (TWA840, PA103, UTA772) whether they should take Kaddafi’s threat seriously.

There is no statute of limitations on mass murder of innocent Americans. America has a sacred obligation to bring Kaddafi to justice– or justice to Kaddafi.

Terp Mole on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Eric Holder has already offered his services for the defense…

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Right, Babs, and after we arrest Daffy we can arrest Boooosh.

We’re setting some extremely dangerous precedents with this R2P/Libya crap.

petefrt on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Cowgirl.

ronsfi on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Globalist groupthink is not based in reality…

mjbrooks3 on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

What she didn’t mention is that she has Murdock and B.A.Baracus on the line, they’re going in. This will be over fast.

vcferlita on March 31, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Not so F#$@! easy now, this war business, huh, you Fu#@! hypocritical liberal shi#$@bags!

Opposite Day on March 31, 2011 at 1:02 PM

OT: Oops. Sean Duffy caught complaining about salary. Why are Republicans always screwing up like this? Don’t they know that can’t get away with what Dems do all the time.

andy85719 on March 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I say we just “ground” Ghadaffi and take away his XBox for a month.

Nethicus on March 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Calling Inspector Clouseau! We need gumshoes on the ground! Bring K’daffy back to stand trial!

cartooner on March 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM

petefrt on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Babs Dianne

petefrt on March 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

oops!

cartooner on March 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Even Dog The Bounty Hunter would laugh in Feinstein’s face over a stupid suggestion like this!

pilamaye on March 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Geee…is THAT all it takes?

What a nitwit.

tencole on March 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

After we arrest Daffy, where do we put him? G-I-T-M-O!!!!!

joejm65 on March 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

It was one thing to endure the cartoonish buffoonery of the Dems when they were a largely ineffective minority…I’m not sure how much more of the “adults in charge” we can survive.

TexasDan on March 31, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Hmm – I always considered her one of the less idiotic dems

Wyatt Wingfoot on March 31, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Well, bless your heart, your optimism is admirable.

oldleprechaun on March 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Maybe we could promise him a sweet stint on Dancing With the Stars…

ronsfi on March 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

So can we consider Feinstein a neo-con congenital idiot now

Yes. Absolutely.

oldleprechaun on March 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Sit down and shut up. Your stupid is showing.

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Better yet why not just tell him he won the lottery and when he comes down to claim his prize they can slap the cuffs on him right there. Brilliant!

Buttercup on March 31, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Will he be Mirandized in Arabic? I could go along with this so long as he’s treated respectfully and the cuffs aren’t too tight.

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Like on Law and Order, Libyan Unit

Hening on March 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM

To paraphrase Ron White, she has the right to remain silent, just not the ability.

iurockhead on March 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM

LOL beat me to it. Hat tip to Tater Salad!

Kenosha Kid on March 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Senile. Just out-of-touch senility.

ExpressoBold on March 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM

That is absolutely adorable.

RINO in Name Only on March 31, 2011 at 1:16 PM

“Like any common thief. Have the local magistrate arrest him and punish him accordingly.”

“He has already killed the magistrate, and taken control of the town!”

Scrappy on March 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

earth to dianne

DrW on March 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Geeze Diane. Have you ever considered the fact that you may have spent just a little TOO much time in California?

Flake! *sigh*

capejasmine on March 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM

You mean they can’t program a missile to do that?

Jim Treacher on March 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Heh, that judge and Fienstein look a lot alike in the front page screencaps…

Yeah, an “arrest warrant”…Liberals still see these people as merely common criminals. If it’s not terrorists, it’s those who’ve supported them.

JetBoy on March 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Who is this “we” that Diane is talking about?

Head for boot camp, senator, you need to get in shape before treading the Libyan sands with the USMC.

Bishop on March 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Just how long has DiFi been in office? Isn’t it time someone had her checked out for mental deterioration? (On the other hand, she’s a Washington politician. It probably isn’t easy to tell the difference…)

hachiban on March 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM

I thinx I might give Aunt Earlene a call. She lives out in Caleeforny and see if she’d like to run against this Finkelstein gal here.

I knows Aunt Earlene just got outs da crazy house out thar but she’s gots to make more sense than that SanFran Dianna nutter.

I’ll calls her rights after viddles.

PappyD61 on March 31, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Did anyone else notice, that side by side, Diane, and Judge Sumi could be twi……………errr. Oh God…there’s 2 of them! aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggghhhhhhhhh.

capejasmine on March 31, 2011 at 1:21 PM

If Gaddafi came
Here to speak to the UN,
Would we bomb New York?

Haiku Guy on March 31, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Ed,

As you wrote that last line were you thinking of Ron White’s quip “I had the right to remain silent. I just didn’t have the ability”?

The line I thought of came from Chris Rock in Lethal Weapon 4: “You have the right to remain silent, so S T F U!!”

Advice Feinstein should consider.

CantCureStupid on March 31, 2011 at 1:22 PM

This kind of clear thinking is why we have runaway government. Our government is staffed with people who have very average minds and no character – with a few exceptions.
Ironically, the more fancy the college degrees the more average the thinking. Yeah, I’m referring to the Ivy League.

JimP on March 31, 2011 at 1:22 PM

And here I thought Boxer was a loon. I’d like to tell Dianne to wake up, but at her age, she needs all the rest she can get.

GarandFan on March 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I watched Black Hawk down lastnite — Don’t do it -Nuke it-

wheels on March 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

They get dumber every day…

PatriotRider on March 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Too much radiation. Yeah, that’s it.

SouthernGent on March 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), usually considered one of the clearer Democratic thinkers on national security and the military in Congress

Seriously? She’s one of their clearer thinkers? No wonder the Democrats are in trouble.

UltimateBob on March 31, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Is Rambo too old?

docflash on March 31, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Great idea, Dianne. Here’s your Colt Peacemaker, your parachute, your map…

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Now that was funny! +1000

WitchDoctor on March 31, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Cowgirl.

ronsfi on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

We need some Brain Brillo here, STAT!

Haiku Guy on March 31, 2011 at 1:25 PM

I’m all for giving Whinestein an “Agent” hat, a pop gun, a parachute, some camo’ makeup and dropping her doltness somewhere over Tripoli. Keep your knees flexed when you touch down Ranger Di. Wink and primp your hair if you see Daffy and he’ll be putty, make the plastique, in your hands.

Radio in once you’ve nabbed him okay Dianne…. you moron.

viking01 on March 31, 2011 at 1:26 PM

….as a Californian I’ve never been too awful proud of either Feinstein or Babs….they don’t listen to anyone except their own inner circle of San Fransicko’s, and they are a big part of the problem that conservatives in California are trying to deal with….along with the RINO GOP!

Vntnrse on March 31, 2011 at 1:26 PM

dianne, I think that is a dandy plan you have there! We arrest gaddafi, haul him back to the US to stand trial, he gets bail, the judge says he has to come live with you till trial, he has trial in NYC, holder and team defend him, and he goes free to roam all over America as he pleases. Do you have plan B?
L

letget on March 31, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Chuck Norris is too old now Dianne. Sorry

Hummer53 on March 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Pray tell, Senator, just how does one execute an arrest warrant without “putting boots on the ground”?

“transporter room…..1 to beam up”

BobMbx on March 31, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Di represents her constituents in an honorable fashion. They should be so proud to have voted for her.

crom on March 31, 2011 at 1:29 PM

She’s a liberal California democrat . . . ‘nuf said.

rplat on March 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Hadn’t read the comments before posting. Glad to see the others earlier suggesting DiFi assume Rambo / Clouseau mode.

viking01 on March 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Let Pelosi write up the indictment—so we can see what’s in it!

Californian’s are sooooo progressive don’t cha know.

Rovin on March 31, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Tell you whaqt Diane. How about if we give you and Bill Kristol each an AK-47 and a thousand rounds of ammo. You two go in and arrest him.

bw222 on March 31, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Citizens Arrest! Citizens Arrest!!

portlandon on March 31, 2011 at 1:32 PM

The sad part part is….she’s dead serious. This is what she beleives. This is how they think.

Tim_CA on March 31, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Typical Liberal idiot. Thinks real life is like T.V. Like the C- high school kid who has a “passion” for medicine so they’re going to be a Doctor, because they love them on T.V.

This whole Libya mess ? I give it two “Gaaas” and a “C’mon!”

teacherman on March 31, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Like on Law and Order, Libyan Unit

Hening on March 31, 2011 at 1:15 PM

LOLOLOL +++++++
…………

Can’tcha just see this catching on, in the Not-War Room ??
“Let’s print out millions of wanted posters, in Arabic, complete with the Miranda warning, offering a $kabillion reward, shower all of Lybia with them from a $50mil aircraft, step back and wait !
Yeah, that’ll work !”

God help us all.

pambi on March 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

At this point, I have to ask myself…who is more responsible, Charlie Sheen or Washington, DC??

PatriotRider on March 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Dianne means business. She’s already called a Hollyweird screenwriter and film director to plan and coordinate the mission.

viking01 on March 31, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Have Judge Sumi issue a TRO against any more foolishness on Gaddafi’s part and be done with it.

Mason on March 31, 2011 at 1:39 PM

At this point, I have to ask myself…who is more responsible, Charlie Sheen or Washington, DC??

PatriotRider on March 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

At least Sheen is playing to Win.

RINO in Name Only on March 31, 2011 at 1:39 PM

So can we consider Feinstein a neo-con now?

No, more of a neo-cow.

rmgraha on March 31, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Now that was funny! +1000

WitchDoctor on March 31, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Crap, I forgot the Libyian (Lybiian for you Democrats) phrasebook.

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

What Feinstein is proposing is actually pretty simple (starts about two minutes in).

EnglishMike on March 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

No, Diane. I have a better idea. All we need are 10,000 marbles, a bucket of bearing grease, and a large net. Oh, and the President’s long form birth certificate.

Matticus Finch on March 31, 2011 at 1:42 PM

At this point, I have to ask myself…who is more responsible, Charlie Sheen or Washington, DC??

PatriotRider on March 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Hell, she could take Charlie with her.

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 1:42 PM

We are governed by an executive that goes to war in secret and at will, openly contemptuous of the democratic process and even minimal transparency. and when you realize that that executive actually campaigned against this kind of secretive, dictatorial presidency, you realize how this has become systemic, and the anti-democratic rot is deep.

Exactly, who is this Andrew Sullivan character anyway ? He wants the Tea Party to impeach Obama or something

J_Crater on March 31, 2011 at 1:46 PM

wackadoodle…

ladyingray on March 31, 2011 at 1:48 PM

So, do we send in Barney Fife, or Enis?

Laura in Maryland on March 31, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Dispatch Team America. What could possibly go wrong?

RedMindBlueState on March 31, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Loon

moochy on March 31, 2011 at 1:52 PM

“So can we consider Feinstein a neo-con now?”

No, but we can consider her a r4t4ard.

Dusty on March 31, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Hey, any volunteers for the Katch Kaddafi Kops? A few British bobbies with billy clubs? We’ll throw in Inspector Cluseau, and how about you, DiFi?

Charge him with resisting arrest and Kaddafi will be quaking in his boots…LHAO.

Steve Z on March 31, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Ingenius! She must have heard about all the success the ICC’s had pressing genocide charges against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir! Oh wait!

scalleywag on March 31, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Private Pyle, you have got to be sh**ting me!!

JohnGalt23 on March 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I’m all for giving Whinestein an “Agent” hat, a pop gun, a parachute, some camo’ makeup and dropping her doltness somewhere over Tripoli.

Don’t forget a little white flag that unfurls from the pop gun and says BANG!

Steve Z on March 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Matticus Finch on March 31, 2011 at 1:42 PM

HA! Don’t say that too loud or the Pentagon may start awarding contracts.

scalleywag on March 31, 2011 at 1:58 PM

After we arrest Daffy, where do we put him? G-I-T-M-O!!!!!

joejm65 on March 31, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Better yet–Alcatraz, in DiFi’s back yard.

Daffy and DiFi, what a couple!

Steve Z on March 31, 2011 at 2:02 PM

I’m all for giving Whinestein an “Agent” hat, a pop gun, a parachute, some camo’ makeup and dropping her doltness somewhere over Tripoli.

Don’t forget a little white flag that unfurls from the pop gun and says BANG!

Steve Z on March 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM

You mean instead of the parachute? Okay by me.

Laura in Maryland on March 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM

go in and arrest him

The Supercop needs to be dropped into Tripoli to accomplish mission “Arrest Gaddhafy”.

antisocial on March 31, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I blame Truman and his “police action” BS for starting this.
Warfare and policing are not the same and the laws that apply are quite different.

1. Libya is outside the US legal system’s jurisdiction.
2. International courts only have jurisdiction over signatories that choose to put themselves in their jurisdiction.
3. They UN is not a legal court, judge or jury – it is more like a diplomatic cover for organized crime.
4. And applying civil law to an EPW is a warcrime under the GC…

DJ Elliott on March 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Didn’t her husband make a boodle of money investing in military munitions or hardware in the 2000′s? Maybe it was another looney CA dem crook I’m thinkin’ of. Always follow the money.

Kissmygrits on March 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM

When did Sarah Palin EVER say anything even remotely approaching this level of bonejolting stupidity? Yet Feinstein is considered by the media to be a smart Democrat.

Andrea Mitchell, liberal talking head, tops it off by suggesting a covert invasion by the United States. ROFL you can’t make this stuff up!

DaMav on March 31, 2011 at 2:14 PM

One would expect this our of Bab’s Ma’am Boxer or San Fran Nan…

But this shows that you can take the politician out of California, but you can take the California out of the politician

phreshone on March 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM

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