Retired U.S. Army Colonel Larry Wilkerson – who served as former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff – is ripping into U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) and John McCain (RINO-Arizona) for their ongoing warmongering in the Middle East.
In an interview with The Real News Network, the adjunct professor of military history at William & Mary University refers to Graham and McCain as “bordering on being traitors” – saying they need to “sit down … and shut their mouths.”
“People like Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham from my home state, and others who are bordering on being traitors, in my view, because they won’t let this president have room to achieve a diplomatic solution,” Wilkerson said. “They’re all angry now that he didn’t bomb Syria … and so they’re moving on to Iran, with Graham even saying he’s going to move for legislation to authorize the use of military force against Iran in the next four to five months.”
At issue is Iran’s nuclear enrichment program – which Graham and McCain insist is a threat to America’s national security. Accordingly, they want to preemptively attack.
“I’m going to get a bipartisan coalition together,” Graham told fellow RINO Mike Huckabee recently. “We’re going to put together a use-of-force resolution, allowing our country to use military force … to stop the Iranian nuclear program.”
What sort of military force are we talking about?
“Instead of a surgical strike on their nuclear infrastructure, I think we’re to the point now that you have to really neuter the regime’s ability to wage war against us and our allies,” Graham said in 2010. “(We must) destroy the ability of the regime to strike back.”
In a compelling column published last week former GOP presidential candidate Pat Buchanan picked apart this view – noting Iran hasn’t built a nuclear bomb, no longer appears to be in pursuit of a nuclear bomb and is actively negotiating an end to U.S. sanctions under its new leader, Hassan Rouhani.
In fact Rouhani has proposed limiting Iran’s enrichment program to purely civilian (i.e. energy) pursuits and permitting regular inspections.
Given these facts, Buchanan is (wisely) urging anti-interventionists in Congress to “(meet) Graham’s war resolution with one of their own, reaffirming that … Obama has no authority to launch any pre-emptive or presidential war on Iran.”
We agree …
“We’re all for using American military might to defend this nation and protect its most vital interests – but the wars Graham is seeking to start with multiple Middle Eastern nations do not rise to the level,” we wrote recently. “Moreover, pursuing them absent a compelling national interest will only make us less safe by needlessly stoking anti-American extremism.”