Skip to comments.Sen. Graham urges GOP presidential candidates to avoid isolationism (RINO wants Bigger Government)
Posted on 04/08/2011 8:02:12 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
He urged GOP candidates to support foreign aid to Middle Eastern countries and said they should be ready to criticize President Obama if he fails to force Moammar Gadhafi to vacate power in Libya.
Graham, one of his partys most forceful voices on foreign policy, warned that presidential candidates will encounter a war-weary public that wants to troops to return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Candidates also will find that pitching increases in foreign aid to key Middle Eastern nations like Egypt goes over like a lead balloon.
The reason such public sentiments worry Graham is because it doesnt take long before the [Republican Party] finds a war-weary nation and exploits it.
An evolving unholy alliance between the far right and far left led by Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) could fan the flames of an isolationist GOP foreign-policy platform during the 2012 election, Graham said.
The usually hawkish senator urged Republican presidential candidates to take a long-term view on Washingtons economic, political and military relations with nations like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt.
On Iraq and Afghanistan, Graham said candidates should adopt his view as they fashion their foreign-policy and national-security platforms: Washington should remain engaged in both nations for several more years; and U.S. troops must remain in both nations until at least the middle part of this decade.
Graham said he would be among the first to applaud President Obama if he can ink new accords with Iraqi and Afghan leaders. Iraq needs U.S. troops to stay there for a few more years to ensure security, Graham said, while Afghanistan needs Washington as a political and economic ally to help transform itself.
Graham also called for ramping up U.S. aid to Egypt, despite likely public opposition.
Any Republican who says the U.S. shouldnt be spending money in Egypt right now doesnt understand the benefits, he said during a morning talk at Johns Hopkins Universitys School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
If coalition and rebel forces fail to force Gadhafi from power, Republican presidential candidates should hit President Obama hard.
I cant think of any scenario under which Moammar Gadhafi stays that would benefit Obama politically, Graham said, adding if that happens Obama will be exposed.
If he were president, Graham said he would call for U.S. military aircraft to rejoin a beefed-up coalition bombing and no-fly zone campaign designed to drive Gadhafi from power by essentially causing his regime to splinter out of fear.
He was critical of Obamas decision to put American involvement into a supporting role after doing the heavy lifting of taking out Gadhafis air defenses and much of his army.
When I called for a no-fly zone, I meant [Libyan planes], not us, he quipped.
The GOP senator also called on Republican presidential hopefuls to press the president on terrorism detainee policy, on which he said Obama is vulnerable.
He said Obamas pledge to close the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is lost, adding: Its a shame because we could have had a new jail.
He pointed out Adm. Michael Mullen recently told the committee he has no answer for where the United States would send a terrorism detainee captured in a nation like Yemen.
If I were running for president, I would say, I will give you an answer.
Asked near the end of his 60-minute appearance chock full of advice for the party's list of presidential hopefuls why he isnt running for the White House, Graham quipped: Because I dont like term limits.
FULG, you traitorous whore.
...why he isnt running for the White House, Graham quipped: Because I dont like term limits.
Neither did Bob Inglis.
Apparently Grahamnesty doesn’t understand the advantages of retaining the people’s money in this country during a time when more Americans are losing their jobs.
I would criticize him, but since he wants to outlaw political speech he doesn’t like, I don’t want to risk jail time.
Lindsay Graham, you Stupid Stupid Jackass!
I hope freepers will snap out of the good cop bad cop republican democrat scam.
I lived in south carolina for a short time years ago, bought a business there, cannot understand the people there voting for this worthless POS.
I think the packed fudge went all the way to his brain.
Yes.I don’t know why I voted for him but the alternative was worse at the time.Things have changed, and he will be retired to Central SC (SQUEEDUNK)if my vote counts.
I’m beginning to suspect AIDS dementia.
If the good people of SC do not primary this guy next time around I’m going to kill myself.
It escapes me how the good folks of S. Carolina elected this absolute piece of human waste lindsey graham?
But then hey the village of Minnesota elected their village idiot too.
Ten years on in the WoT, we’ve made SO MUCH progress that sitting senators want to curb our first amendment rights so that we don’t make our enemies madder.
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