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Bill Clinton: Obama Should Consider Arming Libyan Rebels

By    |   Monday, 04 Apr 2011 12:32 PM

While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top Obama administration officials debate whether to arm Libyan rebels, former President Bill Clinton says it’s an option that definitely should be considered, Politico reports.

clinto, obama, libya, arm, rebels“I might need to know a little more; I would be inclined to do it,” he said in a taped interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday. “I sure wouldn’t shut the door to it.”

Clinton emphasized that he is speaking just for himself and not for his wife, Hillary.

He expressed basic support for administration policy. “For the United States to be on the side of this freedom movement without implying that we have either interest or the capacity to send armed forces on the ground and to do everything is a good thing,” Clinton said.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are divided over whether we should provide the Libyan rebels with arms, The Hill reports.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham supports giving the rebels TOW missiles, which can attack armored vehicles and helicopters. "I'm ready to look at arming them to help themselves," Graham said on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday.

"We need American air power back into the fight. And we need to take the fight to Tripoli, go after his inner circle. That's the way to end this war decisively and quickly."

Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, thinks differently. He’s worried U.S. weapons could ultimately be aimed at U.S. soldiers down the road. "What we need to know is who they are," he said of the rebels on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.



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