U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’s “ready” to run for president, and to be president.
He’s also ready, it sounds to me, as if he’s ready to send Americans back to the Middle East, to fight radical Islamic terrorists face to face.
Haven’t we been there, already? Haven’t we lost sufficient numbers of American lives in the fight against Islamic terrorists?
Apparently not, says Graham.
The South Carolina Republican jumped into the GOP nomination fight today, vowing to ratchet up our military posture abroad. Interesting, yes? We did that during the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks. We went after al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, as we should have done. Then we decided — wrongly, it turned out — to take the fight into Iraq. We flexed our military might quite nicely in that country, then kept fighting and fighting and fighting as resistance rose up and the Islamic State became a serious force with which we’re still trying to reckon.
Graham’s campaign speech makes it sound as if we’ve rolled over. We have done nothing of the sort.
Someone needs to slip him a note with these words: “We killed bin Laden.”
Other terrorist leaders have been killed. ISIL remains a serious threat, but the United States is striking hard at that outfit as well.
Do we really want to re-enter the ground war in Iraq, or in Yemen, or in Syria? Do we really want to re-engage an enemy face to face? Graham seems to think it’s all right. I disagree with him. The Associated Press reported: “Graham is a prominent Senate voice in seeking a more muscular foreign policy and one who casts the threats facing the United States in particularly dark terms.”
Our foreign policy is muscular enough.