Kerry, McCain push measure backing Libya campaign
June 21st, 2011
01:45 PM ET
9 years ago

Kerry, McCain push measure backing Libya campaign

Washington (CNN) - Two influential U.S. senators introduced a resolution Tuesday expressing support for limited American involvement in the NATO-led military campaign in Libya - part of an effort to counter rising pressure in the House of Representatives to withdraw backing for the mission.

The resolution, introduced by Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry and Arizona Republican John McCain, authorizes the commitment of U.S. forces for one year while stressing the lack of support for any use of American ground troops.

Filed under: Congress • John Kerry • John McCain • Libya • Senate
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  1. Rudy NYC

    We had to have US boots on the ground when McCain made his little visit to the Libya 2 months ago. Remember? Big John was investigating who the rebels were and advocating Obama to send in the boots. He was within ten miles of a combat zone. You can bet he had some boots following him around.

    June 21, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. ja

    where the hell was the opposition to Iraq invasion, most of the congress need to be fired, a bunch of half-cocked people

    June 21, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Name king

    Lesson impression goes a long way, since Obama took office the world have looked at us in a different light. They are trusting America again as the leader of the free world. We've came a long way for this restoration. We cannot give this up now. When countries are looking toward America for leadership. 1 billion dollars a year compare to the 2 billion a week in Afghanistan is a steel, and we don't have to have direct participation. One thing I will give McCain and Kerry, they are seasoned warriors, and if Obama had jumped in when they say go we would be sitting pretty right now, but it takes time and experience to Learn, a d Obama is learning on the fly. I Would trust these seasoned veterans right now.

    June 21, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. John

    They Isn't nobody In the Republican Party can agree with each other , let a long try and Compromise with the other Party.

    June 21, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. netcommentator

    McCain has played this phony role of "maverick" (actually a traitor to his party). He should be kicked out of the Republican party. He is not a loyal member at all. He also has a shoddy record, being a poor pilot (which made him the Accidental Hero), poor academic record, and poor candidate for president. He should not get any attention. fade away please

    June 21, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Michael

    Enough, enough. We should not and connot be the police force for the world. Let's commit some of the efforts and resources we have in wars here at home.Bring our troops home.

    June 21, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Alex

    Of course they support the war. They are both for the same agenda to destroy America`s sovereignty and finances. It's no longer Democrat`s or Republican`s. It's a two party dictatorship under different management with the same agenda. They think it`s okay to spend $10 million dollars a day on a Civil War that doesn`t pose a threat to America`s security. How would we like it if China was sending drone`s on our land for the Gulf of Mexico? So, what make`s it any different what we are doing? Beside`s the fact, it`s illegal what Obama is doing.

    We need REAL change!

    Ron Paul / Andrew Napolitano 2012

    June 21, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    The ball is in your court Teapugs. "Better American" or "Sell out American"???

    June 21, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Egads McCain... Have you lost your mind??? We expect this lunacy from Kerry. You're starting to look as daffy as your moronic daughter. What possible US interest could there be in a Libyan civil war? People die every day around the planet due to their corrupt governments. Are we now supposed to try and save them all? If the Europeans want to try their hand at this "humanitarian issue" then we should wish them luck. We have no interest in "freeing" Libya from Khaddafy only to hand it over to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    June 21, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Alan

    Two Old War Dogs, one with a questionable dedication and the other still living his Vietnam horror. Listen Senators – Please retire already, America cannot afford to cash the checks you are writing to fight. Until someone used our planes as bombs, this country had stopped fighting another countries war back in 1973. We've found the culprit, plus payback from a President and staff who lied to America to catch a thief, we are BILLIONS in DEBT..PLEASE BEFORE YOU COMMIT MORE BILLIONS, PLEASE SETTLE THE DEBT challenge you both got us into, raise the ceiling, stop spending $10B per month fighting and take those funds and save our homes from Foreclosure, our families from the streets and our children from ignorance because you refuse to fund education.

    I think the US American Public, if you don't stop, should 'SUE' Congress and this President in court for mallous and get our US Tax dollars back so we can spend them on our children's future. Enough lies the gang of Republican 7, now 8 running for President..enough lies President Obama..before the election for the Space Program, now, this..

    AGAIN I REPEAT MY PLEA – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and the CEO of Bershire Hathaway, you've made billions, please take a pay cut and run for President..or are our only hope..thank you

    June 21, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |