Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on NBC’s Meet the Press program on January 18 that he has set up a committee to explore whether he might run for his party’s presidential nomination in 2016. In speaking to host Chuck Todd, he answered questions about his differences with President Barack Obama in the area of foreign policy. When Todd asked the senator, “Is that proper rhetoric. Do you think that the president of the United States is getting people killed?” Graham affirmed that he believes it is so.
“I think his policies are getting people killed. I think sound military advice was given to the president to leave a residual force in Iraq and he turned it down. As a result, Iraq has collapsed. His entire national security team suggested four years ago to create a no-fly zone and train the free Syrian army while it mattered. Almost 300,000 people have been killed in Syria on his watch. In Syria, the worst is yet to come. Lebanon and Jordan have closed their borders. Where do the people in Syria go now?"
Moreover, said Graham, the recent release of prisoners at the Guantanamo detention facility is "irresponsible." Last week, he signed a letter to Obama chastising the administration for the release of the prisoners to Oman. The letter, which was co-signed by fellow Republicans John McCain (AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (NH) pointed out that Oman borders Yemen, the native country of the five terrorists released. Oman is also the country where Said Kouachi – one of the two brothers responsible for a deadly terror attack in Paris – slipped in Yemen from Oman for terrorist training.
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