Letter: Lindsey Graham a liability

Last June, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham called for American intervention in the Syrian civil war, including supplying American arms to affiliates of al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood; enforcing a no-fly zone against the government; and bombing Syrian airfields.

 

While the Assad regime in Damascus is a nasty bunch, so are the rebel forces. Allying the United States with Muslim extremists who behead Christians – and giving al-Qaida support from the U.S. Air Force – is the height of folly. Fighting al-Qaida all around the world has been American policy since 9/11. Why do we now want to help them?

Besides the trillions spent and the thousands of American casualties from Baghdad to Kabul, the other fruit of American intervention is the destruction of historic Christian communities across the Middle East. In Iraq, Egypt and Syria, Christians are literally on the run thanks to our wars and the revolutions we sponsor.

All of this is lost on Graham. To Graham, every tin-pot dictator is an existential threat to the United States. He has squandered American lives, treasure and credibility in his various adventures.

Graham’s constant beating of the war drums has reached the level of self-parody. He’s an embarrassment both to the Republican Party and the state of South Carolina.

Ken Baer

Aiken, S.C.

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