Senator Lindsey Graham has probably just taken the most aggressive stance in Washington on the United State’s effort to defeat ISIS and solve the Syrian crisis as well. In interviews over the weekend, the Senator who is known as a military hawk called for more U.S. troops in the fight against terrorism and suggested that President Trump already has broad enough authority to order missile strikes on Syria. Graham (R-S.C.) is calling for as many as 6,000 more U.S. troops on the ground to defeat the Islamic State terror group in the Middle East. “You need more American troops to accelerate (ISIS’) demise,” Graham told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “You train the opposition to go after [Syrian President Bashar] Assad. That’s how he’s taken out by his people, with our efforts.”
We already have thousands of U.S. troops in Syria and Iraq helping the local forces in the fight to annihilate ISIS. But Graham stated on Sunday that the United States is “relying too much” on other armies, like the Kurds, in that region to fight the fight. He believes that more American soldiers would attract even more regional fighters in the effort. Lindsey Graham is trying to seize the momentum generated from President Trump’s widely approved missile attack on the Syrian airbase in response to Assad’s horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians.
The National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster told “Fox News Sunday” that the president and his team are taking “simultaneous action” in defeating ISIS and ending the 6-year-long civil war in Syria. He also stated that Assad’s regime has caused a humanitarian crisis.
Maybe the most questionable thing Graham said over the weekend had to do with the president’s authority to take further action. The senator suggested that President Trump does not need authorization from Congress to send in additional troops and hit Assad again for using chemical weapons. “He already has that authority,” said Graham, even though he acknowledged that his position doesn’t have widespread consensus in Washington. “I think the president has authorization to use force. Assad signed the chemical weapons treaty ban. There’s an agreement with him not to use chemical weapons.”
In the video below, Graham shares his thoughts with Tucker Carlson of Fox News. What do you think about Lindsey Graham’s position? We look forward to seeing your comments.