GOP senator proposes giving missiles to Libyan rebels

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thinks it’s time to take the fight in Libya to the next level.

The senior senator from South Carolina said Sunday that the U.S. should directly target embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi with airstrikes. He also suggested that the opposition forces should be given U.S.-built Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire command data link, guided (TOW) missiles.

“I think it’s time to go directly after Gaddafi,” he told CBS’ Bob Schieffer. “If you had TOW missiles given to the rebels in Libya, they could fight the tanks in addition to air power, but this strategy that President Obama has come up with, I think, is not going to defeat a determined enemy.”

“So this strategy is going to lead to a stalemate. We should be taking the fight to Tripoli. You don’t need ground troops but we should take the air campaign to Tripoli to go Gaddafi’s inner circle. They live like kings. Go after them, to go after their propaganda machine. The way to end this war is to have Gaddafi’s inner circle to crack. The way to get his inner circle to crack is to go after them directly.”

“You say what we need to do is air strikes on Gaddafi and his people?” Schieffer asked.

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