Senator Lindsey Graham Advocates for War with Iran; says, ‘Somebody Better Go Over There and Hit Them Before They Hit Us’

© Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Graham outlined his foreign policy vision on Wednesday.
© Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Graham outlined his foreign policy vision on Wednesday.

Perhaps more than any other presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham enjoys telling people to vote for somebody else.

“Radical Islam is not going to be compromised with. They are religious Nazis. Somebody better go over there and hit them before they hit us,” Graham said Wednesday. “There is no alternative to going in on the ground and pulling the caliphate up by the roots. If that scares you, don’t vote for me.”

On Wednesday, that could apply to the member of the anti-war group Code Pink who went on a diatribe during the question-and-answer session that followed the South Carolina Republican’s foreign policy rollout at the Atlantic Council.

“I’m going to put her down as ‘undecided,'” Graham said as event staff wrangled a microphone away from the protester. “This is your country as much as mine. You’ve got a right to every opinion you’ve expressed, right? I couldn’t disagree with you more. I think people like you make the world incredibly dangerous. I think people like you are radical Islam’s best hope.”

It’s never a secret what Graham thinks, particularly when it comes to his plans for war in the Middle East. And in making his campaign pitch for foreign policy, the Republican presidential candidate from South Carolina promised more of what anyone who’s talked to Graham would expect — for better or worse.

“I will always tell the American people the truth about what we need to do to be safe. My message at times may be hard to hear,” Graham said in prepared remarks. “But I will never leave our nation vulnerable out of deference to polls. My commitment is simple: whatever it takes, as long as it takes, until we defeat them.”

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Source:  Roll Call | Niels Lesniewski

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