Skip to comments.Sen. Lindsey Graham: US should consider boycotting Russian Olympic Games
Posted on 07/17/2013 7:17:16 AM PDT by don-o
Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said that the United States should consider a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia if Moscow decides to grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Sen. Graham told The Hill Tuesday that the Russians' recent actions involving Snowden were outrageous and agreed that a boycott should be a possibility when asked.
I would. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them, Graham said. We certainly haven't reset our relationship with Russia in a positive way. At the end of the day, if they grant this guy asylum its a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is a slap in the face to the United States.
Such a boycott would recall the Olympic boycotts of the 1980s, when President Carter boycotted the Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union over the invasion of Afghanistan, and four years later the Soviets responded by boycotting the Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles.
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I’ve been waiting a long time to hear some politician, any politician, with the power to do anything about it, say the first word about protecting Christians in this world. So far the only taker has been Vladimir Putin. I have no plans to boycott the Russian Olympics.
Let’s boycott Lindsey instead.
We’d like to help you Lindsey but we’re already busy boycotting you, McCain and the rest of Schumer’s RINOs.
It is time for Senator Lindsey Graham to retire. Just who does he think will be punished besides the athletes of the USA?
The Senator is out of step and out of touch, in my opinion.
The athletes will go on their own.
Whose side is Lindsey Graham, Republican, on?
Shut up, Grahamnesty.
By what authority does the federal government order a boycott of Olympic Games?
You, on the other hand, would richly deserve a boycott by the voters of South Carolina next spring.
Thank you, Senator Graham, for your efforts to keep Sidney Crosby, Geno Malkin, Brooks Orpik, et. al. fresh for another
Pens playoff run.
Given a choice I’d rather boycott the Neo Stasi Agency.
Yea... That’s the ticket.
Will this faggot ever shut up.
Jimmy Carter did it in 1980.
Not too long ago Russia refused to allow the church, any church.
MYYYY how things have changed.
The NSA spying program is a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is a slap in the face the people of the United States.
Yeah... punish the athletes who have trained for years and years to go to the Olympics.
And punish the businesses who have sponsored these athletes and are awaiting their paydays.
And give our potential Olympic medals to the other athletes.
THAT carries a lot of weight for me. Goes right along with realism about sex perverts trying to gain legitimacy.
I think if any idiot stood up today and tried to cancel out participation...would find a massive amount of legal efforts taken by the athletic teams and members. It’s not like it was in the 1970s. I also think that most of the athletic members would just show up and denounce the US as a nation...which is a lousy way of participating, if you ask me.
I would readily agree that someone, even a Democrat....needs to run and beat Graham. Watching him on TV just boggles my mind.
Carter forced the US to boycott the Olympics in Russia during his time. There was a great deal of damage done - all of it suffered by the USA. We were the big losers.
The Olympics were originally designed to be free from the control of politics. During the Cold War the Communist nations played a big role in their nation’s Olympic teams; they along with Carter.
Mesta Machine: US should consider boycotting lindsey graham.
What McFrog on post 14 says is true.
Though the gub mint does not directly finance Olympics they none the less lend ALL KINDS of help to the effort.
That help can be turned off.
This shows what a bubble these buttheads live in. He is all about big government all the time. Anything threatens that and we will crush the goals of people that are uninvolved in this and have worked their whole life towards something.
Putin’s not much for domestic freedoms in Russia, but he runs circles around Team Soetoro when it comes to foreign policy.
I guess that makes him even with Obama on that front.
Q. Will this hurt him in SC?
A. Does SC have a curling team?
Lindsey just likes the word “boycott”, because it makes him think of a boy on a cot.
It’s really hard to find a way to be as dumb as Jimmah, but Graham managed to find a way. Any viable candidates surfacing who can primary this fool?
At least Jimmy’s reasons for the boycott had some merit.
Come on, Lindsey, the real reason is because Russia is against homosexuality.
This is a moronic idea to boycott. Good Grief. True - it hurts the athletes the most, BUT it’s a chain reaction to every sponsor, every company who paid to use the Olympic logo to produce items for sale to promote the Olympics.
Yes..... I remember a furniture store owned by friends, sat with a ton of merchandise - bean bag chairs, little teddy bears all with Olympic logos, to give/sell with furniture purchases. This is a stupid idea and he needs to be OUT of the senate for many reasons more important than this moronic suggestion.
WE NEED better peeps to run our country.
The world's turned upside down hasn't it? Vlad is taking a strong stand against the promulgation of the homosexual lifestyle and standing up for Christianity while in the USofA.... nothing.
Lidnsey, STFU! Hopefully we’ll have you out of the Senate next go-round. Heard of Nancy Mace Lindsey?
Let's give that a think. Russia (USSR) fights Muslim radicals on it's southern border. USA gets on the other side and arms Russia's enemy. Russia cuts her losses and withdraws.
Another chapter in "Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires." American chapter is still being written.
We know Graham is an idiot, he’s proven it repeatedly. Here’s the real story - He knows he has lost the support of the conservatives. He s so out of touch he thinks a “bash the Russkis” policy will win them back. What he doesn’t understand is that he and McCain have drifted so far to the left, we conservatives have more respect for Putin than we have for those two.
He’s just an irrelevant gasbag in desperate search of a clue.
US should consider boycotting Pansy Graham.
I also suspect that any athlete who went might encounter long, mysterious delays when time came to renew their passport.
Or the Constitution!
And, thank-you Mister Graham.
This is another foolish and ill-thought-out statement; and it will make a most useful sound bite for your GOP rival in the forthcoming, 2014 primary election for Senator in the great state of S.C.
Like anyone wants undue attention directed their way by THIS gub mint???
Ah shut up, Goober.
If anyone is a traitor, it’s you.
He turned out to be such an idiot.
Boycott: boy on a cot.
It’s raining men at the Olympics, Linda:
Pole-vaulting. Manhole hurdling.