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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
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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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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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