Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said Sunday “there ‘possibly could be’ a military option for the United States or international forces in Libya, where its leader, Muammar Qadhafi, has responded to protests calling for his ouster with violence and threats,” POLITICO reports.
Asked by host Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” whether there is “a military option in Libya” for either the U.S., the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or the United Nations, beyond a no-fly zone, McCain said “I think there possibly could be.”
McCain, who’s traveling in the Middle East and appeared with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) via satellite from Cairo, urged the Obama administration to take a more forceful response to the unrest in Libya despite concerns that criticism of Qadhafi could jeopardize the safety of American citizens in the country.
“The British prime minister and the French president and others were not hesitant and they have citizens in that country. America leads,” McCain told Crowley.
McCain is Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.