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Senator Lindsey Graham spoke at the Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce small business luncheon today at the Red Bank Club in Goose Creek. He talked about Syria, and how that has become a major topic in Washington.
Graham says he understands why the American people are tired of going to war, "You got a war weary public, and I get that very much. We're all tired of war, but our enemy's not tired."
Senator Graham acknowledged there are members of Al Qaeda getting involved in fighting against Syria, but he says that could have been prevented if we had joined the fight sooner, "The vacuum being filled by Al Qaeda in Syria was very predictable. Two years ago, there were really no Al Qaeda folks in Syria. Now they've come to the fight. And it if goes on a year longer, there's gonna be more."
He believes not following through would be a sign to Iran that we are not serious about stopping their nuclear program.
As far as proof that chemical weapons were used against the rebels by the Syrian regime, he is 100% convinced, "I've seen the evidence. I've been briefed. It's overwhelming. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this out. The people that were hit were all opposition people. It was in an area of Damascus controlled by the opposition. The delivery system is consistent with the regime's capability, not the opposition forces."
He said this is at least the third time Assad has used chemical weapons. "We've got intel where you see commanders talking about getting the chemicals prepared and ready to launch three days before the attack. So that's not even a debate any longer for me."
Graham says Assad needs to be taken out one way or the other. We asked him if he thought Assad should be assassinated, and he said, "I think that's up to the Syrian… I will shed no tears if he is taken out. He is one of the most brutal dictators in the 21st, 20th Century."
One problem, Graham says, is how President Obama has handled the situation, "ramping up for war, they backing off. Not coming to Congress, now coming to Congress without preparing the American people is just bizarre."
While Graham says he is personally convinced that we need to strike Syria, he believes the President still needs to convince the American people, "For a vote to occur next week, the President of the United States needs to tell us why Syria is a place we should care about. Does it really matter if Assad stays or goes?"
Congress is scheduled to be back in session Monday.
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