Senator Lindsey Graham is living proof that the citizens of South Carolina are a lot more tolerant than they are generally thought to be by folks from the Deep North. More than that I will abstain from saying.
Lindsey Graham was on "Morning Joe" today.
It is true that Graham comes from humble circumstances. He and Boehner share the distinction of having worked in their respective fathers' saloons. More power to them! It used to be a cultural trait in Euro-Americans that whatever your economic level of upbringing it was thought to be a good thing that you should learn to do hard manual labor as a youth and then you went to college, maybe. I will not be self-referential but I fully understand the idea and approve of it. Some Europeans have explained to me their revulsion at the thought of that experience. Ah, well...
Graham is often described as the only presidential campaign candidate for 2016 who has any military service experience. Well, yes, Trump was at NY Military Academy, a private prep school at Yonkers, and he, Trump, says he is the most "militaristic" of all the candidates. One wonders if he understands the word. Tojo was a militarist. Mussolini was a militarist. Militarists are politicians with an inclination to rely on armed force to follow aggressive and usually nationalist objectives.
Graham served seven years as an air force lawyer, nearly all of it in Germany at the former Rhein-Main air base at Frankfurt where he tried cases involving misbehavior on the part of locally assigned USAF people. He then returned to civilian life and was an Air National Guard and later USAF reserve lawyer for a long time while he pursued his civilian life as a lawyer and politician. Well, pilgrims, the Grunts, Tankers, Combat Aviators and SF men here will have a hard time taking Graham seriously as a "military man." Sorry, counselors. but that is how I see it. Sooo, IMO Graham has no military knowledge or experience that should be taken seriously, but he has a lot to say, none of it based on much of anything but briefings received in his senate offices and in Israel. He evidently knew nothing of the ME until Joe Lieberman arranged for him and McCain the Furious to be fully hasbarized in the Land God gave to the Chosen People "How do we know? The Bible tells us so!" IMO most of the Izrul devotees are merely cynical politicians courting moneyed Zionists, and Bible thumpers, but IMO Graham actually believes his own crap.
Some of his opinions:
- The US should generate however large a ground force in Syria and Iraq that would prove necessary to "destroy" IS. When asked how many Americans would be in that force he mumbles about 10,000 (if I heard him right). Where would the others come from? He says from the Turks and the Arabs. Well, Turkey under Erdogan is an undeclared ally of IS. Erdogan has just regained a parliamentary majority and has declared his intention to seek a new constitution for Turkey, presumably something grand will be in it for him. The EU has stated that such a power grab will be a bar to Turkey entering Europe but I doubt if he cares. The "Arabs?" Saudi Arabia and Qatar are main supporters of jihadism. Jordan has its hands full. Lebanon has no military power worth talking about. Iraq? Well, we should know the answer to that by now. So, what is he talking about?
- Islam. Graham goes on about the need to fight IS because they want us to "bow down to Islam." Half the time he does not differentiate between the takfiri wahhabi jihadis and all other Muslims. He clearly sees the Muslim menace in ways that his Israeli friends must relish.
- Iran. The Israelis always see their enemies. They do not see them clearly but they do see them. For a long time they saw Iraq as their greatest enemy. We destroyed Iraq for them. Now their bête noire is Iran, an enemy so fearful that nothing, nothing is to be shrunk from in destroying this enemy. Their goal is to use "useful idiots" like Graham and his friend McCain "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!" to lever the Americans into destroying Iran. Unfortunately for the concept the American people want neither McCain nor Graham.
Russia - "a threat to American dominance"
Trump is starting to look good. pl