Here is video of Sen. Lindsey Graham today on Fox News where he spoke against President Obama’s nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Graham reminded everyone that by picking Hagel, “You’re picking somebody to be Secretary of Defense that the Iranians have applauded.” You don’t need to know much more to know what a terrible pick that is.
Here is video of Sen. Lindsey Graham on Fox News today where he said it is time for President Obama to “man up” on the “Fiscal Cliff.” Graham said the Republicans will not give Obama unlimited power to raise the debt-ceiling as he has demanded.
Of course, Obama is too busy to man up and do what is needed for the country. He’s either campaigning around the country, or hanging out with someone who eight years ago wished death on American soldiers and their families:
Here is video of GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham after a meeting today with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to discuss the Benghazi Terrorist Attack, and the misleading statements made by Rice five days after the September 11, 2012 attack. Graham met with Rice today, along with GOP Senators Kelly Ayotte and John McCain.
Following the meeting, Graham said, “I am more disturbed now than I was before.” Graham signaled he would not consider voting for Susan Rice as Secretary of State unless Barack Obama and his White House give basic answers about what happened in Benghazi.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham on “This Week” this morning where he said he is willing “to put revenue on the table” in Fiscal Cliff negotiations with President Obama and the Democrats, but only if Democrats are willing to actually do real entitlement reform. Graham said he would “violate the pledge” he made many years ago to not raise taxes, “for the good of the country.” Graham indicated he would not support raising tax rates, but by closing deductions that would raise taxes on upper-income earners.
I think it’s clear Republicans are willing to raise taxes in order to get “entitlement reform.” The problems is that Democrats have never been willing to actually cut entitlements and when they get their hands on more tax revenue, they grow the Government. How Graham thinks it will be any different this time around is beyond me.
Here is video of President Obama playing the offended party (one of his specialties) at his Press Conference today after being asked to respond to news that Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham will do everything they can to block a nomination of Susan Rice to be the Secretary of State in his second term. Obama said the two senators should “go after me” and not Rice because of her false comments that the attack was caused by a video.
Lindsey Graham has already responded to Obama:
“Mr. President, don’t think for one minute I don’t hold you ultimately responsible for Benghazi. I think you failed as Commander in Chief before, during, and after the attack.
We owe it to the American people and the victims of this attack to have full, fair hearings and accountability be assigned where appropriate. Given what I know now, I have no intention of promoting anyone who is up to their eyeballs in the Benghazi debacle.”
Those opposing the Debt Limit Deal to be voted on in the U.S. Senate today have a new ally – GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.
On with Greta Van Susteren last night, Graham said he opposes the deal largely because it uses cuts to the Military as a trigger threat to force the Super Committee to come up with additional cuts by the end of the year. If they don’t do their work, a big cut to the military will go into effect, as well as a cut to Medicare. Those two possible cuts are designed to force the Super Committee to do their job. If they find cuts, the cut to the military and to medicare won’t occur.
But Graham said it is wrong for the GOP to even agree to allow the military to be used in that fashion. Cuts to the military should not even be on the table, he argued.
He made the very strong statement – “The party of Ronald Reagan died today, because we are no longer the party of National Defense by blessing this agreement.”
Graham said he would try to “unravel” this deal in any way possible. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Debt Limit Deal at 12 Noon ET today.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham talking about the news that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by U.S. Forces during a special operation led by the CIA in Obbottabad, Pakistan. Graham called it a “giant step forward” in the War on Terror, and said “the real glory goes to those who risked their lives to bring about justice.”
Graham also said he hopes we can bring Taliban Leader Mullah Omar to justice as well.
Here is video of Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN’s “State of the Union” today where he said the current situation in Libya looks like a “stalemate.”
Graham recommends that NATO and the United States need to “cut the head of the snake off” – meaning he thinks we should begin a major bombing campaign on Libya’s Capital City of Tripoli, against Gadhafi’s inner circle, particularly his military headquarters. Graham believes that would force Gadhafi out of power. When Candy Crowley reminded Graham it is not part of the U.N. Mandate to get rid of Gadhafi, Graham said he does not think the U.S. should be constrained by the U.N. mandate that was largely shaped by “quasi-dictatorships” in Russia and China. In fact, Graham told Crowley he did not think there would be any world power that would react negatively to the U.S. acting to take Gadhafi out of power.
Here is video of South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham saying that President Obama did not need Congressional approval to use U.S. forces in action against Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Graham said it was within Obama’s powers as Commander-in-Chief.
However, Graham did warn against what he fears could be a bad precedent i believing it is always necessary to get U.N. Security Council approval before using force. Graham said it is wrong to subject the “freedom agenda” to the approval of nations like Russia and China, which – he said – are “largely run by dictators.”
I agree with Graham here. But it is interesting that many Democrats railed against George W. Bush for taking us to war in Iraq EVEN THOUGH he got authorization from Congress to do so. But for the most part, you are not hearing condemnation from Democrats on what Obama is doing. The fact there are no ground troops involved YET seems to make it okay as far as they are concerned.
NOTE: It should be remembered that President Ronald Reagan also ordered bombing of Libya in response to Gadhafi’s terror attack against U.S. Servicemen in Germany. He did so without a Congressional vote in advance.
Here is video of GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham on Meet the Press today where he said it was “inappropriate” for President Obama to meddle in what is happening in Wisconsin. Graham said Gov. Scott Walker is only doing what he said he would do when he ran for Governor in 2010. ;Graham said Walker won and “the unions lost” that referendum vote, and Walker should be able to go forward with the reforms needed to restore fiscal solvency to the state.