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Kerry, McCain Proposal Backs US in Libya

Senators fight back against growing opposition
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 21, 2011 5:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – With congressional opposition to US involvement in Libya mounting, Johns Kerry and McCain are offering their support to the mission. They've introduced a resolution backing American engagement in the NATO effort for a year. But the senators don’t support the use of US ground troops in the country, CNN reports. “I believe the president did the right thing by intervening to stop a looming humanitarian disaster,” said McCain.

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“I believe we will find a strong, bipartisan majority that is in favor of authorizing our current military operations in Libya and seeing this mission through to success.” Added Kerry: “By supporting this resolution, we tell Arabs young and old that the United States is willing to make tough decisions and spend our tax dollars to help ensure your freedom." McCain has already voiced his frustration with an "isolationist" GOP field. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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