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Sen. Lindsey Graham to seek authorization for U.S. attack on Iran
Washington Examiner ^ | 9/18/2013 | BYRON YORK

Posted on 09/18/2013 6:43:41 PM PDT by markomalley

Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of the strongest advocates of an American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria. He was unhappy when President Obama decided to seek congressional authorization for an attack, and then unhappy when his fellow lawmakers voiced disapproval of the president's plan. Graham believes the diplomatic path chosen by the administration will lead to a debacle.

Given all that, Graham now says he will work with a bipartisan group of senators to craft a resolution authorizing the president to use military force -- not against the Syrian regime but against Iran. In an appearance on Fox News' Huckabee program over the weekend, Graham argued that such a resolution is essential, because American inaction in Syria will encourage Iran to go forward with its nuclear weapon program, eventually leading toward a Mideast conflagration if the U.S. doesn't intervene.

"Look how we've handled the chemical weapons threat in Syria," Graham said. "If we duplicate that with the Iranians, they're going to march toward a nuclear weapon and dare Israel to attack them. So in the next six months, our friends in Israel are going to have to take the Iranians on, unless the United States can send a clear signal to Iran, unlike what we've sent to Syria.

"The mixed message and the debacle called Syria can't be repeated when it comes to Iran," Graham continued. "So here's what I’m going to do. I'm going to get a bipartisan coalition together. We're going to put together a use-of-force resolution allowing our country to use military force as a last resort to stop the Iranian nuclear program, to make sure they get a clear signal that all this debacle about Syria doesn't mean we're confused about Iran."

After Graham repeated his intention to draft a use-of-force resolution, Huckabee stepped in to make sure everyone understood. "Lindsey, I want to clarify," Huckabee said. "You actually are going to seek sort of a pre-emptive approval to give the president a loaded weapon so that he feels the absolute freedom and support of a bipartisan Congress to take whatever action, including military, against Iran to prevent them from having nuclear weapons?"

"That's exactly right," said Graham.

Graham knows that Congress, particularly the House, was moving strongly against authorizing Obama to use force in Syria. And that was after a chemical weapons attack that clearly violated the president's "red line" in the Syrian civil war. Given that, congressional authorization for an attack on Iran seems far-fetched at best -- a reality Graham seemed to acknowledge. "I'm going to need your help, Mike," Graham said. "I'm going to need your audience's help. Every friend of Israel needs to rally behind this endeavor. Israel feels abandoned after Syria, and I want to send a signal to Tehran and Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that we're not going to leave our friends in Israel behind. And to the ayatollahs: If you march toward a nuclear weapon, all options are on the table, including the military option."

On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Graham repeated his pledge to seek a use-of-force authorization against Iran, although he sounded a touch less assertive than in his conversation with Huckabee. "I do believe without the threat of credible military force by us, the Iranians are going to just slow-walk," Graham said, according to an account in the Hill. "So I'm trying to create the dynamic that there is bipartisan support for continued diplomacy, sanctions and the use of force as a last resort."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: cabal; criminal; deaths; nwo; warmonger

1 posted on 09/18/2013 6:43:41 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Graham needs to just take a chill pill. Obama is ruining the nations influence and leadership abroad. Nothing can be dome about it, unless Graham leads an impeachment process.


2 posted on 09/18/2013 6:46:34 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: markomalley

Primary this, tough guy.

Iran may eventually need attention, but pantywaists Graham and Obama, and that nasty Old McCain aren’t the guys I want engineering it.


3 posted on 09/18/2013 6:46:37 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: markomalley

They said if I voted for Romney we would go to war with Syria and Iran.......sure enough I voted for Romney and we are going to war with Sryia and Iran.


4 posted on 09/18/2013 6:47:09 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Iran may eventually need attention, but pantywaists Graham and Obama, and that nasty Old McCain aren’t the guys I want engineering it.

Besides, he has to worry about the nuke fixin to go off in Charleston.
5 posted on 09/18/2013 6:48:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: markomalley
Graham is an asses ass, but Iran is a genuine problem, and is likely to cause a Middle East nuclear war.

So on this ONE issue, and this issue ALONE, I back him. But we'd better do it soon, before Russia moves in -- OR, by diplomatic channels, get Russia to put a leash on Iran, in which THEY, RUSSIA, are responsible if Iran releases a nuke.

Either option works.

6 posted on 09/18/2013 6:49:31 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: svcw

Sad, but true.
Graham has to go.


7 posted on 09/18/2013 6:49:38 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: markomalley

Okay, Pussboy. I authorize you, personally, to invade Iran. Now, go get ‘em tiger!


8 posted on 09/18/2013 6:50:43 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: markomalley

Here’s the sentiment of our elite representatives:

John Kerry: No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.

lil Linsey: We’re just the guys to do it.


9 posted on 09/18/2013 6:50:46 PM PDT by DManA
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To: markomalley

Graham must be hearing voices coming from the ceiling. I would suggest someone keep a very close eye on him.


10 posted on 09/18/2013 6:51:48 PM PDT by radec
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To: markomalley

My last post was directed at Graham, not you.


11 posted on 09/18/2013 6:52:19 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Pearls Before Swine
"Iran may eventually need attention..."

The time to lean on Iran passed back in 2009. Instead of running guns to the cartels in Mexico, we should have been smuggling them to the student uprisings there at the time.

12 posted on 09/18/2013 6:52:25 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Dalberg-Acton
My last post was directed at Graham, not you.

Whew! I was worried!! ;0)

13 posted on 09/18/2013 6:55:30 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

Nothing good could come of ANY use of US armed forces with this president in the white house.


14 posted on 09/18/2013 6:56:12 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: markomalley

And that’s the news, now here’s the latest hit from Vince Vance and the Valiants....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBGPw_LBiRA


15 posted on 09/18/2013 6:57:17 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: markomalley
Lindsey Graham photo: McCain and Lindsey 1 mccain-graham-resized.jpg Mini-me
16 posted on 09/18/2013 6:59:55 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yeah I’m not sure any military action on our part will do us any good in Iran. If Israel wants to target the nuke infrastructure more power to them but I think our best bet in Iran is covert.


17 posted on 09/18/2013 7:01:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: markomalley
Sen. Lindsey Graham to seek authorization for U.S. attack on Iran

Must be a lot of military equipment manufactured in South Carolina.

18 posted on 09/18/2013 7:01:34 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: convert, submit, or die.)
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To: tumblindice
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19 posted on 09/18/2013 7:02:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: markomalley
Lindsay Graham has squandered any claim he had for credibility among Republicans. This comes not only from his treacherous record domestically but from a history of international relations which reveals him to have been an indiscriminate warmonger.

The infuriating part of all this is that this blind pig has found this one peanut; he is quite correct in his assertion that Iran must be bombed if necessary to prevent them getting the bomb. The problem is that Lindsey Graham, riding postillion with John McCain, has sought to inject America into war after war in the Middle East and must now be regarded like the boy who cried wolf. Lindsey Graham has been one of the principal malefactors in diverting America's precious dwindling military resources and economic base in wars in the Middle East. He does not discriminate between those conflicts in which America has an immediate national interest and those in which he merely wants to have his way.

After Iraq, Afghanistan, the fiasco in Egypt, the fiasco in Libya, and about 10 or 15 other wars in which America is engaged but which the American people know little or nothing of, Lindsey Graham, with this kind of policy, has just about made it certain that nothing will be done to stop Iran getting the bomb. We have no money, no patience, no national consensus, and dwindling defense resources. That which should be done in Iran probably will not be done thanks in part to Lindsay.

One last word, Lindsey Graham's domestic record is so appalling that one is warranted now accusing him of opportunism and seeking this resolution. I believe he is pandering to the well-known martial spirit of patriots in South Carolina to rally his reelection chances. If so, this move ranks as one of the most cynical of the year.


20 posted on 09/18/2013 7:03:39 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: markomalley

Linda is a real warmonger, isn’t she?


21 posted on 09/18/2013 7:04:31 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I refuse to say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: markomalley

That queer bastard should be executed for treason!


22 posted on 09/18/2013 7:04:47 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: cripplecreek

That is hilarious.


23 posted on 09/18/2013 7:08:18 PM PDT by Gator113 (The mighty Bear ate the cowardly rat. Obama must resign.)
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To: cripplecreek

chortle


24 posted on 09/18/2013 7:16:18 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: svcw

Good one.


25 posted on 09/18/2013 7:25:51 PM PDT by ecomcon
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To: markomalley

Too late in the game to do anything militarily effective against Iran’s nook program. We waited too long. Now the targets we would need to hit are too many, too well hidden and too dug in. It would be kind of like the naval bombardments of Japanese held islands in WWII. Lots of noise and very spectacular, but the Japanese troops were dug in so well they barely noticed it. Yes, we have bunker busters, but they would need pinpoint pinpoint accuracy. A near miss wouldn’t do. An attack would make Hannity wet himself (one way or another) in excitement, though.


26 posted on 09/18/2013 7:26:48 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: markomalley

I’d like authorization to strike Lindsey Graham.


27 posted on 09/18/2013 7:28:46 PM PDT by Defiant (A rainbow curtain has descended upon the west, from Munich to San Francisco.)
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To: markomalley

If it had a good chance of passing, I think it would be a good idea....it would hang over their heads & make the IRI nervous.
Unfortunately, since it probably doesn’t stand a chance of passing, the lack of support is going to backfire and end up emboldening the IRI.


28 posted on 09/18/2013 7:30:22 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: markomalley

Lindsey Graham on the payroll of George Soros and Al-Qaeda

Any politician who supports Graham in his upcoming Senate primary....I will make sure its a political career ender. This terrorist supporter needs to go


29 posted on 09/18/2013 7:35:31 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (I still remember when anyone considered trading with Communist enemy...they were executed)
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To: markomalley

You go fight, Grahamnesty. Stop sending other people’s children to die for your misguided goals.


30 posted on 09/18/2013 7:42:53 PM PDT by citizen (There is always free government cheese in the mouse trap.....https://twitter.com/kracker0)
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To: markomalley

So what is wrong with letting Israel whack Iran ? Does Lindsey think they will whack them too hard ?


31 posted on 09/18/2013 7:47:07 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (I think Obama and crew feel that time is being wasted and that we need to get the jump on Russian sh)
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To: markomalley

Another angry gay man. They tend to make threats and lash out.


32 posted on 09/18/2013 7:49:46 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: Candor7
unless Graham leads an impeachment process.

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Now THAT was funny!!!

33 posted on 09/18/2013 7:50:13 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: markomalley

John McCain rides dirty on Lindsey Graham


34 posted on 09/18/2013 7:53:19 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: markomalley

Hit Iran ...but, erase our borders -— am I confused, or is Mr. Graham (and the SC voters?)


35 posted on 09/18/2013 7:59:24 PM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: markomalley

Shut up Linda. That won’t butch you up.


36 posted on 09/18/2013 8:08:24 PM PDT by mykroar (China and Russia are playing chess while Obamas's playing 52 card pick-up.)
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To: markomalley

I’m all for it, immediately after we nuke Saudi Arabia.


37 posted on 09/18/2013 8:19:19 PM PDT by semaj
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To: nathanbedford
indiscriminate warmonger - yes, he is.

That which should be done in Iran probably will not be done thanks in part to Lindsay.

Spot on. The "military industrial complex" need to lose their two best PR guys - Graham and McCain - for the good of the country. Those two are drunk on their power.
38 posted on 09/18/2013 8:31:14 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: markomalley

If Lindsey spent as much time and energy fighting Obama’s unconstitutional decrees as he does fighting conservatives and trying to help jihadi rebels America wouldn’t be going down the tubes quite so fast.


39 posted on 09/18/2013 9:03:42 PM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don’t need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: markomalley

This is weird. What the hell is this?

NOW they come up with Iran as a target? Day late, dollar short.


40 posted on 09/18/2013 9:20:42 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: markomalley

Blah blah blah


41 posted on 09/18/2013 9:29:42 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: chessplayer

It sure would!!! (But I think the kid Hannity probably wets himself one way or another every time he speaks with his little liberal ‘rat RINO best pal, Tokyo Rove, anyway).


42 posted on 09/18/2013 9:39:49 PM PDT by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it's a GREAT life!)
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To: markomalley

Hey Lindsey - it’s the Mexicans who are invading the US, not the Iranians.

Or do you want to give Iranians amnesty too?


43 posted on 09/18/2013 10:06:48 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: svcw

Great line! I’m going to have to steal that ;-)


44 posted on 09/18/2013 10:38:45 PM PDT by JerseyDvl (Cogito Ergo Doleo Soetoro, ABO and of course FUBO!)
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To: Candor7

If this guy wants to grab a weapon and lead the charge into battle himself, that’s fine. All who want to follow his lead are welcome.

Might be one or two.


45 posted on 09/19/2013 12:35:17 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: markomalley

Some people are just a parody of themselves.

Maybe the reason why SC keeps electing this turkey is they want to provide the rest of us comic relief?


46 posted on 09/19/2013 2:02:47 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: markomalley

Unfortunately he’s right.


47 posted on 09/19/2013 4:19:06 AM PDT by nikos1121 (“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet)
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To: Lazamataz

You are right. Let’s all be fair here. I think Graham is showing courage by standing on this even though it’s an unpopular idea.

Fact is, we are very close to war ocer there because of this weak president.

Instead of standing up to the Russians...(at least McCain came out and gave it to them straight in op ed published over there) he cowers. Plays golf.


48 posted on 09/19/2013 4:22:03 AM PDT by nikos1121 (“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet)
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To: usconservative

Good for a laugh anyway! Graham has no balls let alone a scrotum.


49 posted on 09/19/2013 8:55:20 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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