Skip to comments.Lindsey Graham: Iran Protests Highlight Obama's Failure
Posted on 12/31/2017 12:59:33 PM PST by Kaslin
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on CBS Face the Nation Sunday and told host Major Garrett that if he were President Donald J. Trump, he would do the opposite of what President Barack Obama did in Iran. Many critics say the 44th president failed to show adequate support for anti-government protesters in 2009, which only emboldened the theocratic state to increase its brutal regime and control over its people.
Lindsey Graham, a one time 2016 GOP presidential rival of Trump, lambasted Barack Obamaas an abject failure for his appeasement of the Islamic Republic rather then standing up for its protesters yearning for freedom. The South Carolina Senator showed support for the current protesters saying The Iranian people are not our enemy. The Ayatollah is the enemy of the world.
Graham told his interviewer that Obama's approach failed.
MAJOR GARRETT: --in Iran. What is the import of these demonstrations on the street, and what should President Trump do or say about them?
LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, it tells us that the Obama approach of relieving sanctions, hoping the regime would moderate, has failed. The people are not getting the benefit of sanctions relief. They're more upset with their oppressors than ever. The money from sanction relief has gone into rebuilding the Iranian military, and they're destabilizing the Mideast. (emphasis added)
Garaham encouraged President Trump to have a nationwide address pretty soon explaining why the Iranian nuclear deal is a bad deal for the world, what a better deal would look like, and urge Congress and the European allies to get a better deal with Iran -- before it's too late.
Graham then laid into Obama even more, advising the current president to do the polar opposite of what Obama did while in office.
MAJOR GARRETT: And the-- purpose of that national address would be to-- take note of this moment and put the United States four square on behalf and behind those people protesting in the streets? Some have said that would be the wrong thing to do because that would give the regime an enemy to point at. Us, again.
LINDSEY GRAHAM: That was the Obama approach. If I were Trump I'd do the exact opposite of Obama. Obama said, "I don't want to get involved, I don't want mess up the chance of getting a deal with Iran." Well, the deal with Iran hasn't worked. The money didn't go to benefit the people, it went to benefit the Ayatollah and his henchmen. (emphasis added)
Graham's words come as protests in Iran escalate. The Iranian government has cut off internet access, killed two protesters, threatened crack downs on what they deem "illegal protests," and arrested at least 50.
Someone post a picture of pigs flying.
I find myself agreeing with Linda.
Wasn’t this POS backing Obama’s Iranian play?
I just looked it up, and superficially at least, it appears Graham did oppose Obama’s Iran Nuclear agreement.
Looks like I was wrong.
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. What happened that Miss Linda is suddenly on our side?
Hmmm...Cannot remember this dickhead saying anything bad about his best-bud obamsky during the prior 8-years.
“...what happened that Miss Linda is suddenly on our side?”
A wall - with some writing on it.
Perhaps Graham is beginning to believe that the writing is true...
It also highlights the failures of the McJuan-Linda Jihadi funding axis.
I suspect Linda voted with that traitor Corker to upend the US Constitution in favor of the Dear Mullahs.
Hey, Linda, who appropriated the plane load of cash Barry sent to the dictators?
Thank you, sir.
Remember President Obama’s whole “Arab Spring” policy? Encourage revolution all over the Middle East, *except* for Iran.
You may be right.
You’ll need a picture of hell frozen over too...
MAJOR GARRETT: What have you learned about him that makes him different and more— someone you want to work with and can work with than he was when you said he was unfit for office and quite possibly a cook?
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Yeah. I said everything. I said he was a xenophobic, race betting religious bigot. I ran out of adjectives. Well, the American people spoke. They rejected my analysis and he is now my President. I worked with President Obama where I could, with President Bush even though I supported Senator McCain. The bottom line, he is President of the United States. I’ve got to know him better. He asks a lot of good questions. I think he’s made good foreign policy choices. He’s now arming the Ukraine, long overdue. He’s got the right policy to deny North Korea the ability to hit America with a nuclear-tip missile. And he is now on the side of the Iranian people. But he has to do more than watch. He actually has to act. And if I were him, I would withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran next year if it’s not made better by the Congress and our European allies.
Barack Obama is an abject failure?
Who knew? And when did they learn of it?
To call Obama merely an abject failure is to condemn all wretches. Not just failed, but actively working to create enough collateral damage that the world, and not only the US, will be YEARS unpacking it all.
Iran and North Korea are not two discrete problems, but one intertwined nest of vipers and scorpions, each venomous in its own right, but doubly dangerous as each is pulled out and neutralized.
Kind of like disarming a ticking time bomb. Iran has the advantage over North Korea, in that the current regime in Iran is fully aware they are but mere mortals, and subject to the same physical interactions with the world as a street thug holed up after committing a series of crimes. North Korea, on the other hand, is in the grip of a megalomaniac with delusions not only of grandeur, but of a degree of deity, invulnerable to the criticism of mere men.
But cut the ties that bind them together against the world, and the axis is at least somewhat disabled. Of course, not much of anything shall be accomplished of a permanent nature without the involvement of China.
Maybe Trump has the same blackmail info that the left has been using against Linda, and he is on his best behavior.
Do his supporters contend that zero support was adequate?
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