WMDs All Over Again: Lindsey Graham Claims A U.S. City Will Burn Without More Iraq War



Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went full 2002 Condoleezza Rice WMD sale, “(W)e don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud” today on Fox News Sunday. Graham said ominously, “I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorist ability to operate in Syria and Iraq.”

Oh, that’s not inflammatory or fear-inducing at all, Senator. Not intended to distract from the real issues at all, is it.




WALLACE: Now, let’s get reaction to the new U.S. role in Iraq from two key senators. First, Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a member of the Armed Services Committee.

Senator, after President Obama declared his new policy of airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops, you sent out this tweet. Let’s put it on the screen, “The actions announced tonight will not turn the tide of battle.”

But President Obama says we can’t do that. We can’t roll back ISIS, take the offensive measures that General Keane was talking about until we get an inclusive government in Baghdad so all the factions in that country are joining in the fight.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, R-S.C., ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE: Well, that’s not accurate. When I look at the map that the General Keane described, I think of the United States. I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorist ability to operate in Syria and Iraq. The director of national security, the FBI director, the director of homeland security has said that the ISIS presence in Syria where hundreds of Americans and thousands of European fighters have gone, represents a direct threat to the United States, and now, their enclave in Iraq.

So, Mr. President, you have never once spoken directly to the American people about the threat we face from being attacked from Syria, now Iraq. What is your strategy to stop these people from attacking the homeland? They have expressed a desire to do so.

So, there’s no political reconciliation in Baghdad going to protect the American homeland. That has to be a commander-in-chief with a strategy and a vision. This commander-in=chief has no strategy. He has no vision.

This is a situation where he knows better than everybody else. He was told he should get engaged in Syria three years ago by his national security team. He said no, his military commander said you should leave troops in Iraq as an insurance policy, and he got the no.

Remind you of anything? How about the ominous “mushroom cloud” warnings in the lead up to the unjustified invasion of Iraq? Mother Jones has a timeline (my bold) of the Bush administration’s lies to use 9/11 as justification to invade Iraq that will break any thinking person’s heart (so many lies, such hubris, so many lives paid for our failure to check the Bush administration):

9/7/02 “From a marketing point of view you don’t introduce new products in August.”—White House Chief of Staff Andy Card on rollout of the war
9/8/02 Page 1 Times story by Judith Miller and Michael Gordon cites anonymous administration officials saying Saddam has repeatedly tried to acquire aluminum tubes “specially designed” to enrich uranium. “The first sign of a ‘smoking gun,’ they argue, may be a mushroom cloud.”
9/8/02 Tubes “are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs...we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”—Rice on CNN
9/8/02 “We do know, with absolute certainty, that he is using his procurement system to acquire the equipment he needs in order to enrich uranium to build a nuclear weapon.”—Cheney on Meet the Press
9/10/02 Orange terror alert.
9/11/02 Bush marks 9/11 with Statue of Liberty backdrop.
9/12/02 Bush repeats aluminum-tube claim before UN General Assembly.
9/13/02 Cheney tells Rush Limbaugh: “What’s happening, of course, is we’re getting additional information that, in fact, Hussein is reconstituting his biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons programs.” There is no such new intel.

If Senator Graham and the Republican war hawks want to discuss Iraq, or any other conflict they are attempting to drum up into full scale war again, they need to come to the table with facts and calm minds.

Whenever someone attempts to induce radical fear in order to manipulate the public — especially when they have a history of selling an unjustified war this way — the press should stop and ask for the facts. The proof. The evidence.

Questions for the war hawks: In what specific way would troops on the ground in Iraq or Syria stop terrorism? Why didn’t this work over the last ten years? How long will this “solution” work? What is the exit plan, if any? How do they justify invading a sovereign nation and violating the agreement Bush made with the Iraqi government? How many troops are they calling for, and would their “solution” involve a draft? When will they support our veterans by increasing the budget for the VA per the estimates regarding what it really needs given the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans?

The Bush administration was warned of the imminent attack on August 6, 2001, to which Bush replied, “All right, you’ve covered your ass now.” On the day before the attack, “(T)he NSA intercepts messages that say, ‘The match is about to begin’ and ‘Tomorrow is zero hour.’ Not translated until Sept. 12. [Date the public knew: 6/10/02]”.

“An American city in flames”? Yes, God help us, we had that. We had it under these folks – the people who keep calling for more war. Thus proving that they did not keep us safe and fear-mongering is not a “solution”.

These are the same people who were repeatedly told that they were ignoring the problem of terrorism before the 9/11 attacks. There has been no accounting for this failure, but instead, a sick, depraved attempt to use it to manipulate a terrified citizenry in order to pursue the agenda of George W Bush against Saddam. And now they’re using it to beat up the guy (President Obama) who was against the Iraq invasion from the very start, because it was not smart.

Now they want to be heard as experts? Since when? Obama got Osama, while they chased after a grudge match.

31 Replies to “WMDs All Over Again: Lindsey Graham Claims A U.S. City Will Burn Without More Iraq War”

  1. McCain & him are two war freaks. They would have a war with every country around the world if it was in their power. His punk ass won’t pick up a gun to defend this nation. He alone with McCain needs to be put out to pasteur.

  2. How much money and other perks has this piece of garbage masquerading as a human taken from the military industrial complex?

    And how many soldiers from South Carolina have been injured and killed because of his addiction to handing over taxpayer dollars to these “killing companies”?

  3. And right on cue, I said just yesterday ‘McCain and Miss Lindsey would be all over the networks on Sunday pushing for war, and Gregory would be his snarky self asking if this was because Obama left Iraq.
    Bunch of morons.

  4. The President doesn’t have to talk to the American people, all of us except for the war mongers know it is the right decision not to put our service people back in Iraq. We need to be asked to put boots on the ground, after all it was a Republican that signed the paper saying we would have boots out by a certain date.

    Agree with JustADumbFireman they are all sick.

  5. Since the village don’t want to focus on the repercussions of war because they are vomiting up the same old talking points about America’s greatness I have a suggestion that would make them understand real quick. Any authorization for a war of choice would immediately institute a tax surcharge of 95 percent if you are in the top 15% of wage earners. You want conflict? Then you pay for it

  6. I don’t see how an American city will ‘burn’ if we don’t send troops to Iraq. I personally think that both Graham and McCain actually get off on the idea of having another war (disgusting as that idea sounds).

    I understand the need to protect the innocent from a horrible death at the hands of the psychopaths in ISIS, but there is a point where the Iraqis will have to learn to fight for themselves. There will be a point where our troops won’t be there to watch them. This would be the perfect time for the people of Iraq to stand up and say ‘No more. We want peace and you bastards are forcing us into something we don’t want. We shall fight to end your plans of terror because we should be free to make our own choices.’

  7. In WWIII? I think it would be done…we’ve have bombed everyone Mittens was told to bomb, and they’d have bombed right back, and we’d all be in our respective afterlives….every one of us. And frankly, it’s what the religious right is aiming for…armageddon so they can finally meet their Maker..I just don’t think the afterlife is going to be too swell for people like Palin, McCain, and Lindsay.

  8. It is seriously scary how supposedly smart people keep electing these criminally insane Republican politicians because of the “born sinners” and “mysterious ways” and “mushroom cloud” fear-mongering bull shit that they spew continually.

    Hopefully the people in these GOP politicians’ states will vote for their opponents so that such criminally insane mentalities cannot affect future public policy decisions for the pluralistic USA and our multi-cultural world.

    Hang in there and take care, everyone.

    All the best,


    Warren G. Richards
    Advocate, Socio-political Writer

  9. You know what makes me SICK?
    REALLY F’n sick?
    You know damn well these guys were and are PRAYING we will have a catastrophic attack
    on American soil. That’s been their
    strategy from DAY 1.
    ‘Sink the ship to drown the Captain!’
    They could not care less about America
    OR Americans. We are merely Collateral
    THIS is why we must make sure they
    NEVER, EVER regain power.
    THIS is why we must VOTE!
    Imagine how different the World would be
    if G.W. Bush had never been POTUS?
    Imagine what the World will become if
    we allow them to take over Our Country.
    I can’t even let my brain go THERE!


  10. One thing that’s already on fire for sure and that’s Graham’s pants. Trotting out the dynamic duo of crazy town to whine and babble semi incoherently about the President and foreign policy is laughable. `

  11. Who really gives a crap what Graham or McCain has to say, especially on FOX New. A brainless media station, interviewing brainless guest to a bunch of brainless followers. Pleaseeeee!

  12. wmd’s all over again? NEWSFLASH!! there were wmd’s, but the liberal media refuses to report this. just like drug addicts do before the cops come in, they hide them somewhere. in this case, they took them to Syria. where do you think Syria got theirs? come on liberals (no disrespect to Democrats), you’re being kept in the dark by your own leaders and media. wake up.

  13. Newsflash it seems your brain is hiding somewhere else
    Following Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War, and south Lebanon in 1978, the Syrian government has regarded Israeli military power as a threat to Syrian security.[3] Syria first acquired chemical weapons, from Egypt, in 1973 as a military deterrent against Israel before launching the Yom Kippur War

    Wow just like Obama parents went back in time to plant the birth certificate now we have Saddam who wasn’t even in power going back in time to hide his chemical weapons

    I must say Sherlock nothing gets past you. Dumbass

  14. All I can say is Lindsey Graham and other so-called hawks must have huge investments in corporations such as Halliburton and the global oil corporations. Every time we go to war people they know make billions from the tax payers of America. We spend four times what Red China spends on our war machine. This is more than any country in the world. Iraqi crude oil (second largest oil reserve in the world) is all sold to Red China (a non-democratic police state). We the American people have gotten squat from the last Iraq war. Our gas prices at the pump went up not down after we invaded Iraq. The American people paid with our treasure and our lives to free Iraq from the dictator Hussein. Why didn’t the American people get at least some kind of kick back in the form of cheaper energy. We got nothing. More American middle class jobs are moved to Red China every day,(25 million in the last 30 years). If Red China needs more oil to run their economy, then let them pay the price of war, not us.

  15. Added to that statement Paws, should be Sen McCains name. Both call for more war at every appearance on tv or where ever they appear. Neither has ever put forth a complete plan for victory, just more war. Both must have( along with many other rethugs)much investment in the military complex warned of by Eisenhower.

  16. Like I said last week,the only “mushroom cloud” we have to worry about over an American city is if all the deep fryers in that city containing breaded mushrooms suddenly combust at the same time. Miss Lindsey needs to go have a mint Julep and STFU!!

  17. AHHHH David, That would be a heaven sent gift. Think if: the super rich, the ones in power, the powerful, those who believe wars are great, If they had to fight alone, we would never have war. Never happen David. There will always be those who need to control, how ever the way. Our job is to be aware, watch and fight against these kind.
    So we need intelligent, thinking, educated and reasoning people who do vote to stop these who’s only thought is of self, money and power. To hell with the country and it’s people

  18. But the problem is, Anne, they never really offer solutions. It’s always, “Well, the President should have done this” or “he should have done that.” They never have a way to make this or that happen, nor do they want to raise taxes to pay for their wars,they just use what’s in the news to badmouth the President.

    If the GOP said, “We’ll have to raise taxes and reinstate the draft to be able to go bomb, bomb, bomb Iran,” how many people would go along with it? And that’s one reason why they never have solutions to handle any of the Middle East crises, because their constituents would hold them responsible when their “solutions” proved to not be viable at all. And then they might not get re-elected. OH! the horrors of that happening.

  19. This guy is worse than Palin in popping up now and then, usually when he can get out of the clutches of that swinger guy, McShame. Websites at home have rumor-mongered for years now about Sen. Linsie Glam’s sexual orientation. A longtime bachelor, Linsie teams with McShame whenever the arms and ammo lobby wants to peddle new instruments of torture and death. If you really want to know what kind of a guy Linsie is, get hold of some video of the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Linsie is no fiscal conservative. He was the House points man in the Senate and pushed harder for impeachment than any other Republican. We spend hundreds of millions on a stupid, futile act, which thankfully we did not repeat with Benghazi. Linsie is a sniveling slug who should return to his shell or burrow.

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