While his comparison is grossly overblown, one aspect of his concern about Iran is valid. Iran is now very well positioned to expand it's power and influence in the region, and is clearly a nation that cares little about our concerns. Not good news for the United States, but it is also not the end of the western world.
While Sen. Graham pontificating about world affairs and expressing his worry and concern, I would like to point out one little thing. Lindsey, It's your fault.
The US-led "war on terror" has bolstered Iran's power and influence in the Middle East, especially over its neighbor and former enemy Iraq, a thinktank said today.
A report published by Chatham House said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had removed Iran's main rival regimes in the region.
Well, not yours alone, but it is the fault of all the Republicans in congress who have refused to perform any oversight on the current administration and have been a rubber stamp for the policies and actions or Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rice and the rest of the gang who can't shoot straight.
Now you are concerned, and " see the upcoming weeks and months as a pivotal time in the 21st century ". It is time for a quick reminder here. It is your actions and decisions that have been making the situation in the Middle East worse for us since 2001. We are on the path you selected, you approved of, and you (and the rest of the members of your party) have not shown any leadership, wisdom, or desire to do anything but stay the course.
A course that you are now professing concern over. It is a shame that you were not able to see what many others saw in 2002, and insisted on another path, for now we are reaping what you have sown.
We have expanded Iran's area of influence, we have set this region aflame. There is artillery now being exchanged between the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Turkey and Iran. Hamas has now been elected into control of the government of Palestine. Hezbollah is now more popular than ever.
Yet our military position is so weakened that we have to call up the inactive reserve to meet current needs. This is the place you have taken us, and your defense is, " I think we undersold how hard the war would be," .
Senator, Why was it undersold, and who undersold it? Why did oil cost go up and not down as promised? Why is a war that we were told would cost no more than 50 billion, now going to cost well over a thousand billion? Why did the intelligence fail, was the intelligence failure intentional? Why are those responsible for this not only not being held accountable, but being rewarded or promoted?
And, why Senator Graham, are you not asking these questions?
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