Senator Lindsey Graham knows Trump loves to be loved and he is giving Trump praises as he decorates it with belligerent warmongering actions that Trump must take to keep those praises. He even used Trump's language as he used 'F you' in his statement.
Sen Lindsey Graham baiting Trump into war
Senator Lindsey Graham gave some of the most belligerent and warmongering statements to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press baiting Trump into war.
"I've never been more encouraged by the Trump administration than I am today," said Lindsey Graham. "Ambassador Haley just said on your program, 'You'll never end the war with Assad in power.' So that means regime change is now the policy of the Trump administration. That's at least what I've heard. So you need more American troops to accelerate the demise of ISIL. We're relying too much on the Kurds. More American forces, five or 6,000, would attract more regional fighters to destroy ISIL. You need a safe haven quickly so people can regroup inside of Syria. Then you train the opposition to go after Assad. That's how he's taken out by his own people, with our efforts. And you tell the Russians, "If you continue to bomb the people we train, we'll shoot you down."
Chuck Todd pressed Graham further on his warmongering belligerence and willingness to legislate to legalize what some believe, is the illegal use of presidential authority.
"Well, okay. Do you think President Trump is ready to take that advice?" Chuck Todd asked. "I mean you're calling for troops to be sent in. Are you going to introduce a resolution in Congress that gives him that authority?"
"He already has that authority," Lindsey Graham replied.
You think that Syria, a sovereign country that is not mentioned at all in the current war authorization, somehow you can send troops into that sovereign nation without having to have Congress grant the president more authority there?" Todd asked with amazement. "I think you're in the minority view on that, don't you think, Senator?"
"No. We've already got troops on the ground," Graham replied. "I don't see anybody saying, 'Cut off funding.' ... I want more American troops, five or 6,000, like we have in Iraq, to help destroy ISIL. That means it will accelerate the demise of ISIL. I want to train opposition forces to take Assad down. He's a threat to the United States because he's a proxy of Iran. He used chemical weapons. He violated a treaty that he signed. I think it's up to us to enforce that treaty. We're on sound legal footing here. But our strategy is not yet developed. What comes next? I'm glad Trump did this. He is no longer Obama in the eyes of our enemies. But he needs to do more to close the deal. There's a new sheriff in town.
"Do you think there's a moral difference between the use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs?" Todd asked.
"No, there's a legal difference, not a moral difference," Graham responded. "If you're a mother, your baby is dead. ... If you kill babies with conventional bombs, it's still a moral outrage. Here's what I think Assad's telling Trump by flying from this base: "F you." And I think he's making a serious mistake. Because if you're an adversary of the United States and you don't worry about what Trump may do on any given day, then you are crazy."
Folks, this is Iraq all over again. And because we have a president without a core, unless we resist, we are going back to war.
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