Graham: 'Obama's Campaign Promises Getting a Lot of People Killed'
In a discussion with Martha MacCallum, Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized President Obama for putting Americans in danger by not being aggressive enough in the war on terror.
Graham argued that Obama's anti-terror policies are "are getting a lot of people killed," faulting the president for withdrawing troops from Iraq and moving toward closing Guantanamo Bay based on campaign promises.
Graham said instead of interrogating terror suspects and holding them as enemy combatants, Obama is treating them as "common criminals."
"Our intelligence-gathering abilities have been compromised. The only way you can stop these attacks is to find out about them before they occur. We’re reducing our military spending at a time when we need it the most. These policies driven by President Obama of being soft and weak and indecisive are coming home to haunt us,” said Graham.
He said right now, jihadists are in an "Olympic" competition where the gold medal will go to those who can strike the American homeland.
Graham slammed Obama for refusing to acknowledge that the country faces a war against Islamic terrorists that is based on religion.
“I think he believes that strength is offensive, that he doesn’t want to be bold because he may offend somebody. It's not offensive to say that these are religious fanatics that don’t represent Islam, that have to be dealt with, they have to be killed or captured," he said.
Watch the interview above. On "Outnumbered" today, the hosts weighed in (watch below) on Graham's sentiments.
Judge Alex Ferrer said the United States government must separate criminals from enemy combatants that are fighting us in a new kind of war. He said in WWII, U.S. forces wouldn't have captured a German with valuable information and prosecuted him in court.
"There will not be another war like World War II, where you carpet-bomb a country. This is our new paradigm here. We will be fighting a war on terror forever. It will never end. That message doesn't seem to have been made to the American public," he said.
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