McCain Intros Resolution, Gives Obama One Year In Libya

Sen. John McCain introduced a resolution Tuesday on the Senate floor that would authorize President Obama to utilize the United States Armed Forces in Libya for one year. 

“It would authorize the President to employ the U.S. Armed Forces to advance U.S. national security interests in Libya, as part of the international coalition that is enforcing U.N. Security Council Resolutions in Libya,” McCain said on the floor. “It would limit this authority to one year, which is more than enough time to finish the job.”

The resolution was drawn up in a bipartisan fashion with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and, McCain said, “the end result, I believe, is an authorization that deserves the support of my colleagues in the Senate, on both sides of the aisle. And I am confident they will support it.”

McCain acknowledged and respected the convictions of House members who have continued to express their disapproval of President Obama’s policies. 

The former P.O.W. expressed his own discontent with some of the administration’s policies, but said “at the end of the day, I believe the President did the right thing by intervening to stop a looming humanitarian disaster in Libya.”

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