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Rep. Amash Takes Swipe at McCain Over Libya Tweet

By Dan Weil   |   Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 02:23 PM

Rep. Justin Amash, who strongly opposes an attack on Syria, has launched a broadside against Republican Sen. John McCain, a top proponent of striking Syria in retaliation for its reported use of chemical weapons.

On Twitter Tuesday night, the Michigan GOP congressman re-tweeted an August 2009 posting from his fellow Republican about meeting with Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

"Late evening with Col. Gadhafi at his 'ranch' in Libya - interesting meeting with an interesting man," McCain wrote.




Many commentators have drawn comparisons between Syria and Libya, where President Barack Obama authorized limited air strikes in 2011 without approval from Congress. Libyan rebels killed Gadhafi in August that year.

"I don’t think the American people are ready to go to war based on circumstantial evidence," Amash told some of his constituents in a meeting Tuesday, according to MLive.com. "The case for going to war is not that strong."

Amash wrote on Twitter Tuesday that of about 400 constituents he spoke to that day at meetings, 95 percent-plus oppose military intervention in Syria.




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