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Thursday, October 27, 2016

One of the leading foreign policy voices in the Republican Party wants to make something clear to the American people: President Obama is threatening the world’s very existence.

After the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) offered a hyperbolic response to the president’s discussion of his Iran policy.

“The world is literally about to blow up,” Graham said.

In his speech, Obama said he would veto any bill passed by Congress that calls for further sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program. His opposition to new sanctions comes as his administration has opened new diplomatic efforts in Iran to curb the country’s nuclear ambitions while easing crippling trade sanctions.

“If Iran’s leaders do seize the chance, then Iran could take an important step to rejoin the community of nations, and we will have resolved one of the leading security challenges of our time without the risks of war,” the president said in his speech. “But let me be clear: If this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it. For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.”

Aside from speaking about the possible rapture the Iran policy could set in motion, Graham also made a sweeping judgment of the entire Middle East, claiming the region is “moving towards chaos.”

“Explain to me what happens if the Syrian conflict goes on another year and Assad continues to win,” Sen. Graham said, referring to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. “Iraq is disintegrating. The whole region is moving toward chaos, and we’re doing nothing. We’re talking about limiting drones?”

Despite the senator’s bluster, the interventionist foreign policy that was once a hallmark of the Republican Party is no longer widely supported. The notion of intervening in the Syrian civil war, for example, was criticized by a number of libertarian-minded Republicans. Notable senators such as Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) split with party leadership and did not support military intervention in Syria.

Furthermore, libertarian-leaning Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) famously took a four-hour stand against expanded drone use during the debate to approve John Brennan as CIA director.

Despite these rifts in his own party, Sen. Graham was seen glad-handing with Cruz at the State of the Union. He also invited Korie Robertson, an actor on the controversial reality show Duck Dynasty, to join him for the president’s remarks.

Graham’s guest and his choice to spend time with Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, could be an effort to be seen as more conservative and concerned with domestic issues. The South Carolina senator has drawn four Tea Party challengers in his race for re-election.

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  • daniel bostdorf

    Lindsey “Henny Penny” Graham is in a tough re-election battle and will do and say anything including creating a Chicken Little “Sky is failing” fear mongering campaign……“The world is literally about to blow up,” Graham said….”

    This is as laughable a statement I have heard since John McCain’s various rants over the years.

    Fear mongering elicits responses in Americans called “Chicken Little syndrome in that it infers catastrophic conclusions possibly resulting in paralysis …or in this case of Graham’s “The world is literally about to blow up,” because of Obama.

    This fear mongering is a irrational sense of despair.

    In this case, Graham is trying to re-energize his right of center voters and make him look tough through fear mongering.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Graham, like McCain, not only wants to keep us in the two no-win situations we are still embroiled in, but also wants to inject our direct military action into both Iran and Syria. Either of these would result in the “world about to blow up” scenario that he envisions. It is taking every bit of restraint on the part of the US, Russia, China, the UK and every other country with nuclear capability, including Israel, to NOT escalate actions in either Iran or Syria! Senator Graham, who I do respect for other things, refuses to accept that we, as a country, can no longer afford to be the biggest bully keeping the other bullies in line by threats. Why? Because too many of the other bullies could gang up on us, and the bullies we thought were our friends would be nowhere to be found. Instead, we have to work with others to bring about peaceful resolutions to situations that we cannot control.

  • Sand_Cat

    Gee, I’m really upset to hear that “Iraq is disintegrating.” I can’t image why.

    • daniel bostdorf

      It is disintegrating in Henny Penny Grahams imagination because of right wing propaganda….and his false premise ie “domino theory” mindset of the Middle east is the same mindset that got us into all wars since WW2…

      Definition of Domino Theory: theory*** that a political event in one country will cause
      similar events in neighboring countries, like a falling domino causing
      an entire row of upended dominoes to fall.

      ***Assumptions based on a false premise leads to a false conclusion.

      • Sand_Cat

        What you say is no doubt largely correct, but it really doesn’t look to me like Iraq is doing all that well. Of course, I’m sure that being roughed up by the largest bully in the world for how many years for no particular reason couldn’t possibly have anything to do with its lamentable state. That was my point.

        • daniel bostdorf

          ok—i see…you are right Iraq isn’t perceived as going well…I agree….but who benefits from that perception?

          (nicely meant)

  • TZToronto

    If Graham thinks that getting involved in a war in Iran is a good idea, then I guess he wasn’t watching when Darth Vader, Rummy, and Wolfowitz (oh, and Dubya, too) decided that invading Iraq was a good idea. Of course, talking tough will undoubtedly appeal to Graham’s know-nothing-and-want-to-know-nothing audience.

  • Lynda Groom

    It would appear that Lynsey believes the mess of the middle east started when Obama became the Commander-in-Chief. This guys pandering to the extreme base is disgusting.

    • daniel bostdorf

      yep—fear mongering…

  • midway54

    This guy is a good example of what the majority of yahoos and rednecks in Dupedom South prefer to send to Congress to the delight of the plutocrats led by the Koch boys and their sycophants.