And we have another Republican throwing his hat into the ring for that party’s 2016 presidential nomination. It’s Lindsey Graham, who once in a while seems like a relatively reasonable person but is one of the nation’s most fanatical boosters of military intervention virtually everywhere.
South Carolina Senator and foreign policy hawk Lindsey Graham announced on Monday in his hometown of Central, SC that he will joining the growing list of contenders for the Republican nomination for the presidency.
Graham stands out from the rest of the pack as one of the few Republicans in the field who have served in the military. His decades-long military career ended on Monday when his retirement from the Air Force Reserve took effect, and his experiences serving the country have shaped his time in Washington.
“I want to be president to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us,” Graham said in his announcement speech. “Not just penalize or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them.”
Graham was one of the first senators to call for boots on the ground to defeat ISIS and has said that Americans will be “killed here at home” unless Obama sends ground troops into Iraq and Syria to defeat the terrorist threat.
The neo-con right wing eats up this kind of macho posturing with a spoon. Graham not only wants to send troops to Iraq again, he also wants to declare war on Iran. In fact, I don’t think he’s ever seen a country full of dark-skinned people he didn’t want to bomb the hell out of. He’s George W. Bush to the third power. No thank you.