Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Calls For U.S. Troops On The Ground in Syria To Secure Chemical Weapons

by Colonel on March 19, 2013

“South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called for U.S. troops to secure weapons of mass destruction sites in Syria on Tuesday, the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion he supported. The Syrian government and the rebels accused each other on Tuesday of using a chemical weapon in Aleppo, but those reports are unconfirmedCBS News reports. Graham doesn’t care that it’s unconfirmed. In an interview with Foreign Policy‘s Josh Rogin, Graham said:

“My biggest fear beyond an Iranian nuclear weapons capability is the chemical weapons in Syria falling in the hands of extremists and Americans need to lead on this issue. We need to come up with a plan to secure these weapons sites, either in conjunction with our partners [or] if nothing else by ourselves…”

Graham has been pushing for action in the Syrian civil war for at least 18 months. He and Arizona Sen. John McCain have called for arming Syrian rebels. But ground troops? Really?

“Absolutely, you’ve got to get on the ground. There is no substitute for securing these weapons… I don’t care what it takes. We need partners in the region.

But I’m here to say, if the choice is to send in troops to secure the weapons sites versus allowing chemical weapons to get in the hands of some of the most violent people in the world, I vote to cut this off before it becomes a problem.”

” — Elspeth Reeve, Copyright 2013 The Atlantic Montly Group

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