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John McCain, Lindsey Graham weigh in on Libya

August 21, 2011|By Kim Geiger
  • Sen. John McCain praised Libya's rebels as his "heroes" during an April visit to Benghazi, Libya.
Sen. John McCain praised Libya's rebels as his "heroes"… (Nasser Nasser / Associated…)

The fall of the Kadafi regime is a victory for Libya, the Middle East and the world, said U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who had been strong advocates for U.S. military intervention in the months-long conflict.

"Americans can be proud of the role our country has played in helping to defeat Kadafi," the senators said in a statement released late Sunday night.  "But we regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employ the full weight of our airpower."

The senators said the U.S. "must lead the international community to provide the support that our Libyan friends need."

"Ultimately, our intervention in Libya will be judged a success or failure based not on the collapse of the Kadafi regime, but on the political order that emerges in its place," the senators said.  "Today marks a big step forward for the Libyan people towards freedom and democracy.  As they continue on this journey, America must continue to stand with them."

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kim.geiger@latimes.com

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