Even a toddler is smart enough to know not to touch the hot stove again after they’ve had their hand badly burned just moments earlier.
One must thus conclude that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is considerably less intelligent than a three-year-old.
It’s difficult to reach any other conclusion after hearing this oleaginous sycophant of Donald Trump insist that the United States would soon be sending troops back to Afghanistan to fight terrorist threats as it first did twenty years ago.
Graham made the statement in an interview with the BBC whose reporter was taken aback by the Republican senator’s assertion.
“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,” Graham began his explanation for his position. “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.”
“But most importantly, 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,” Graham continued. “We will be going back into Afghanistan as we went back into Iraq and Syria.”
Apparently, twenty years of fruitless conflict and considerable loss of life for both U.S. and allied troops and ordinary Afghan citizens is not enough to satisfy this GOP warmonger whose own military service primarily consisted of serving as an Air Force lawyer in armed forces courtrooms during the 1980s, rather than the battlefields of Afghanistan or Iraq.
The BBC host, journalist Stephen Sackur was gobsmacked, to use the colloquial British phrase indicating incredulity, by Senator Graham’s prediction.
“Hang on! You seriously think the United States will once again, in the foreseeable future, put troops back into Afghanistan?” Sackur asked the bellicose Graham.
“We’ll have to. We’ll have to. Because the threat will be so large,” Graham again insisted. “It will be a cauldron for radical Islamic behavior.”
It is an unexpected stance coming from Graham, given his usually strict adherence to keeping his lips firmly planted on Donald Trump’s hindquarters.
After all, it was Trump himself who insisted on ending the forever war in the tumultuous Central Asian nation, cutting the prior Afghan government out of the discussions while negotiating directly with the Taliban and freeing 5,000 imprisoned fighters to rejoin their radical Islamic countrymen to help with the final push to topple the American-based regime.
It will be interesting to see whether Trump himself changes his tune on a return to a continued military presence in Afghanistan after hearing Graham’s latest rhetoric.
Then we’ll be able to determine whether his determination to leave the “forever war” behind was based more on political expediency than any deep-rooted convictions.
Meanwhile, you can rest assured that Senator Lindsey Graham is nothing more than a shill for our nation’s true overlords, the military-industrial complex that an antique version of a GOP president, Dwight Eisenhower, warned us against so many years ago.
You can watch a clip of Senator Graham’s BBC interview below.
Original reporting by Aidan McLaughlin at Mediaite.
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