Like other former friends and co-workers of President Joe Biden, some senators and others in political positions have felt the need to get either closer to or further away from the now-president. The policy-making position held by the former senator from Delaware means that where some could overlook differences of opinions, there now must be a firm accounting for who believes what, and if they’re willing to back it up with actions.
This is now the case with Republicans who, formerly on friendly terms with Biden, have to staunchly object to his progressive policies in a way that could easily part fast friends. Such was the case with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) who, while firmly Republican, has said plenty of positive things about Biden in the past year.
Most recent among Graham’s offenses to the president’s administration and decision-making is the assertion that the troop removal from Afghanistan is short-lived. Further, whatever the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces had planned, it will more than likely end up with Americans back in the Middle East, regaining ground lost to the Taliban terrorist force.
Graham reportedly “stunned” one journalist when he suggested that the United States will send troops back to Afghanistan in the future during an interview with the BBC, according to The Independent Journal Review, when he told host Stephen Sackur of his dire prediction:
“Whether you like Trump or not, whether you believe it’s Trump’s fault or Biden’s fault, here’s where we’re at as a world, the Taliban are not reformed, they’re not new.” He added, “They have a view of the world out of sync with modern times. They’re going to impose a lifestyle on the Afghan people that I think is going to make us all sick to our stomach.”
Graham is working through a problem that many politicians, given their advanced age, likely know well. They were on the job when the Twin Towers fell in New York City and the news broke that it was Muslim suicide bombers that killed thousands of innocent Americans. Some were there when the United States Congress voted to go to war under President George Bush, and they can remember all the factors that went into that decision.
Graham explained, “They’re going to give safe haven to Al-Qaeda who has ambitions to drive us out of the Mid East writ large and attack us because of our way of life. We will be going back into Afghanistan as we went back into Iraq and Syria.”
The host had questions though he seemed shocked. Sackur replied, “Hang on. You seriously think the United States will once again, in the foreseeable future, put troops back into Afghanistan?”
Graham argued, “We’ll have to. We’ll have to. Because the threat will be so large.”
The senator previously tore into President Joe Biden for his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, as IJR reported.
The South Carolina Senator even said what so many conservatives have been thinking, and made a strong case for the removal of Biden from office when he said of the president, “He should be impeached. This is a dereliction of duty by the commander-in-chief. This makes it harder to fight future wars,” during an appearance on Fox News last month.
It’s no secret that Americans and those in the military have come out in opposition to the military operation and the Americans left behind. What was a surprise was despite the hundreds (if not thousands) of Americans left to be hunted by the Taliban and the 13 military members who lost their lives in a suicide bomb due to increased boldness by the Taliban, Biden is still calling the entire thing a success.
Graham was not impressed, saying it “scares the hell out of him.”
“I think President Biden really believes this was successful. Joe Biden is a dangerous man when it comes to our national security and our economic well-being. You really can’t believe a word he’s telling you … I can assure you the war between radical Islam and the United States in Afghanistan is not over.”