The dispute within the GOP over how to proceed in Libya in large part reflects the split between national security-oriented members such as Graham, and those like Amash who seek to strictly adhere to the Constitution. Amash, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and others believe President Obama violated the Constitution by not seeking congressional approval for actions in Libya.
But Graham's recommendation to "cut the head of the snake off" by attacking Gadhafi directly was also downplayed by Sen. John McCainJohn McCainFULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention Republican foreign policy advisers call on Congress to probe DNC hack Trump’s minimum wage two-step confuses business groups, advisers MORE (R-Ariz.), who said on CNN that ousting Gadhafi is "a little harder than you think it is."
"Gadhafi is a survivor and we don’t know exactly where he is," McCain said. "We do have to worry about civilian casualties, that could turn the Libyan people against us."