Lindsey Graham: Obama Must Go To War in Iraq or Risk ‘American City in Flames’
Republican South Carolina Senator and insatiable war hawk Lindsey Graham appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to warn that we could see an “American city in flames” if President Obama doesn’t “go back to war in Iraq.”
“I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorists’ ability to operate in Syria and Iraq,” Graham told Wallace. “Mr. President, you have never once spoke directly to the American people about the threat we face from being attacked from Syria, now Iraq. What is your strategy to stop these people from attacking the homeland?”
“[Obama is] trying to avoid a bad news story on his watch,” Graham said. “This is not a replacement for a strategy to deal with an existential threat to the homeland. To every member of Congress, we’ve been told by every major intelligence leader in our nation that we’re threatened. The homeland is threatened by the presence of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. To change that threat, we have to have a sustained air campaign in Syria and Iraq. We need to go on offense.”
“Are you saying we should go back to war in Iraq?” Wallace asked.
“I’m saying that Iraq and Syria combined represent a direct threat to our homeland,” he replied. “His responsibility as president is to defend this nation. If he does not go on the offensive against ISIS, ISIL – whatever you want to call these guys – they are coming here.”
“It is about our homeland, and if we get attacked because he has no strategy to protect us then he will have committed a blunder for the ages,” Graham added.