Nov 19 2012

Washington U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and John McCain (R-Arizona) today released the following statement regarding the Prime Minister of Turkey’s comments on Israel today:

 

“We regret that the Prime Minister of Turkey referred to Israel today as a ‘terrorist state.’ Israel has the same sovereign right as every country to defend itself, and no government could be expected to remain passive under the daily barrage of hundreds of rockets fired intentionally at innocent men, women, and children, which Israel has had to endure at the hands of Hamas. This challenge should be familiar to Turkey, which has been a victim of terrorism itself.

 

“Prime Minister Erdogan, a man we know and respect, should play a constructive leadership role in pushing Hamas to cease its attacks on Israel so this conflict can be brought to an end. His comments today, unfortunately, will have the opposite effect, encouraging Hamas to continue with its acts of terrorism, thereby prolonging the fighting and risking further loss of life on both sides. This serves no responsible interest.”

 

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Nov 09 2012

Today, we finally received from the Secretary of Defense the first response to our many letters.  Unfortunately, Secretary Panetta's letter only confirms what we already knew -- that there were no forces at a sufficient alert posture in Europe, Africa, or the Middle East to provide timely assistance to our fellow citizens in need in Libya.

Nov 05 2012

During an unaired portion of his September 12th interview with 60 Minutes, President Obama refused to answer when asked if Benghazi was a terrorist attack.  Now that this information has become public, it raises two very serious questions.

Nov 02 2012

The Time for Stonewalling, Delaying and Denying are Over

Mr President, the families of the fallen and the American people deserve nothing less than a full accounting of what happened.


Enough already, Mr. President. You need to address the American people and account for your leadership in the attack on our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. You should explain to the American people what you knew, when you knew it, and what you did about it before, during and after the attack.






Oct 31 2012

American People Deserve a Full Accounting of Events in Benghazi

Senators highlight serious questions about the terrorist attack that the Obama administration hasn’t answered

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is calling on the Obama administration to immediately respond to questions posed over the past three weeks about the administration's actions before, during, and after the terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Oct 29 2012

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) responded to the following comments made by President Obama during a radio interview with Philadelphia’s Michael Smerconish.

 

Original question: On Monday WSJ reported that you're daily briefings said the attack had arisen from a spontaneous protest. Is it true that your statements and those of [Ambassador Susan] Rice were simply repeating what the PDBs were telling you?

 

President Obama: "What's true is that the intelligence was coming in and evolving as more information came up. And what is true--this is something that the American people can take to the bank: my administration plays this stuff straight. We don't play politics when it comes to American national security. So what we consistently have done throughout my presidency and what we did in his circumstance is as information came in we gave it to the American people. And as we got new information we gave that to the American people. And that includes by the way members of Congress. One of the things that always frustrates me about this town is when people go out there and try to politicize issues despite knowing that we have given them all this information."

 

Graham’s response:

 

“In the words of President Obama, this statement sounds like a lot of B.S. 

 

“This Administration does play politics with national security.  In an effort to look strong, this Administration has strategically leaked classified information about numerous sensitive national security programs, ranging from the raid on bin Laden, the cyber-attacks on Iran, to disrupting the underwear bomber plot.  The President has also refused to appoint a special counsel to investigate breaches of national security, while demanding it for others in past administrations.

 

“These leaks have created distrust amongst our allies and damaged operations in the field.  Fearful that the reality on the ground in Benghazi cuts against the narrative that al-Qaeda has been dismantled, the Administration has been cherry-picking intelligence and intentionally misleading the American people.  There was no mob, there was no riot.  This was a preplanned attack by al-Qaeda affiliated militia.

 

“I wrote letters to our nation’s top intelligence officials asking for information regarding Ambassador Rice’s sources.  It has been almost two weeks and I have not received one bit of information from them.  The President promised transparency, an unveiling of details regarding the Benghazi attack, but they have done nothing but stonewall the American people and their elected representatives.”

 

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Oct 24 2012

Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte wrote a letter to President Obama expressing deep concern about information in a news article yesterday citing internal emails from U.S. personnel on the ground in Benghazi which make clear that the Obama Administration knew within two hours of the attack that it was a terrorist act.

Oct 23 2012


I respectfully disagree with the Department of Defense decision to classify the Fort Hood shooting as workplace violence.  It’s not fair to the victims, and their families, for this incident to be described in that manner