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McCain on Libya: 'We could do enormous things' helping them

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) pressed Sunday for the U.S. government to aid Libya with medical care for wounded anti-Gadhafi soldiers.


McCain visited Libya during the congressional recess and spoke about his experience on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday. "They've got thousands and thousands of wounded... We should be helping them. They don’t have the medical expertise and talent to be taking care of these people," he urged.

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The senator added that the Libyan people are "proud of what we[U.S.] did to help them, and I think we could do enormous things by helping them with the casualties that they've experienced."

Sens. McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) traveled to Libya last week wher they met with members of the governing National Transitional Council and later toured Tripoli's Martyrs's Square.

The senators were strong supporters of Obama's decision to authorize U.S. involvement in NATO's campaign to oust Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a move which faced opposition from both Democratic and GOP lawmakers.

Although opposition forces now control the capital and much of the country, fighting has continued and Gadhafi remains on the loose.

In recent weeks, the United States has moved to strengthen ties with the Libyan transitional government.  President Obama met with Libya’s transitional leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil at the United Nations last month and announced a reopening of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli.