Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) weighed in via Fox News' coverage of President Donald Trump's Afghanistan policy speech. The senator gave praise to the president's policy declaration and told members of Congress that the next 9/11 will be on their hands if they vote it down. The new policy will see roughly 4,000 more troops sent to Afghanistan to fight alongside the already 8,400 deep troops already in-country. While Trump was not exact on the numbers, he stressed that the United States would not be on a nation-building mission this time around, but more of a "killing terrorists" type of mission.
Those are strong words and words that the Congress should think long and hard about before jumping to partisan politics. The warning seemed to try to get Congress to think about Americans rather than their own party's hellbent cause to oppose everything our legally elected president does.
Senator Graham predicts that the president's proposal may recieve a significant amount of bipartisan support in Congress. He went on to say, "I’m proud. I’m relieved. I’m proud of the fact that President Trump made a national security decision, not a political decision. I’m relieved he did not take the advice to withdraw, which would have been disastrous or create a mercenary army.”
Graham also said that this new blueprint that has been outlined by the president should turn things around in Afghanistan and would also be putting Pakistan on notice.
The Senator who has recently been in the spotlight over comments made to him by the president and whether or not the loyalty is mutual also declared, "I am very pleased with this plan, and I am very proud of my president."
Much of the praise given came down to the fact that President Trump seems tp be delegating a lot of the arbitrary decision to the military generals who are more in tune with what is happening on the ground. The senator also supported the departure of a timetable-based strategy to a more logical plan to be more based on the conditions on the ground.
In a recently published article, Rand Paul questioned the influx of both loss of life and the growing financial cost of the war in Afghanistan. He asserted that if it came to a vote in Congress that he would vote a resounding 'no'.
Lindsey Graham is one of the Senate's most outspoken national security proponents and was asked about the opposition in Congress toward Trump's plan. More specifically, he was quizzed about Rand Paul's criticism.
Graham seized the air time he was getting to take a shot at the rogue Republican Senator Rand Paul and his controversial statement on the new Afghanistan policy declaring that, in his opinion, Rand is a worse general than Obama was and further quipping that Rand has been wrong about almost everything in this war - alluding that Rand and his statements are all but irrelevant. To further back up his words with facts, Senator Graham was quick to note that on September 10, 2001, the United States was utilizing the "Rand Paul" policy as it does not have any military troops in Afghanistan, and embassy or any form of aid going toward Afghanistan.
Graham said that he trusts Generals Mattis, Dunford and Kelly way more than he trusts "General Paul".
"I will fight ... tooth and nail to make sure that we do not lose in Afghanistan like we did in Iraq," Graham said on Fox News. "It's just exactly what President Obama did in Iraq, was to leave against sound military advice."
"President Trump has the smarts and the moral courage to listen to his generals and take their advice rather than going the political way," Graham continued. "And I'm so proud he did because unlike Obama, President Trump is listening to his generals."
Senator Graham also expressed that he does not believe there is any legal basis that requires the approval of Congress to implement the newly announced Afhganistan policy, but vowed to assist in ensuring the new strategy passes regardless.
Senator Graham finished up his Fox News air time with this ominous warning to his colleagues in Congress, "You will own a no vote. The next 9/11 will be your fault, not President Trump’s fault, if you shoot down this plan."