Washington: A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee sees a Libyan stalemate and wants NATO to bomb Moammar Gaddafi’s inner circle and military headquarters.
South Carolina Sen Lindsey Graham says those closest to Gaddafi “need to wake up every day wondering, ‘Will this be my last?'”
Graham tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that the quickest way to end the stalemate is “to cut the head of the snake off.” The UN Security Council authorized military action to protect Libyan civilians and to enforce a no-fly zone. But Graham tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that “it’s going to be hard” for the US to achieve its national security interests if Gaddafi remains.
Two missiles apparently fired by NATO warplanes struck near Gaddafi ‘s compound in Tripoli early Saturday.
The committee’s top Republican, Arizona Sen John McCain, says the US must increase air support for the rebels fighting Gaddafi . He says sufficient air power “could bring Gaddafi to his knees.”
McCain, speaking from Cairo, tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the US should recognize opposition forces as “the legitimate voice” of the Libyan people. Agencies