Lindsey Graham: Obama Should 'Stop Going On Television And Trying To Threaten Thugs And Dictators'

Maybe Sen. Lindsey Graham should listen to some of his own advice.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham takes a page out of the Republican playbook they use every time there is any sort of foreign policy crisis or disagreement between themselves and President Obama, which is to automatically attack anything and everything the president does, and take every opportunity possible to call the President of the United States "weak."

Graham told CNN's Candy Crowley on this Sunday's State of the Union that President Obama ought to get off of the television set and quit making threats. How about he takes some of his own advice?

CROWLEY: The president has come out and said very forcefully on Friday about consequences. The U.S. has made it clear that is disapproves of what Russia has done. You've been Tweeting about strong statements. What more do you want from President Obama at this point?

GRAHAM: Well, number one, stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators. It is not your strong suit. Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression.

President Obama needs to do something. How about this — suspend Russian membership in the G-8 and the G-20 at least for a year starting right now. And for every day that they stay in Crimea, add to the suspension. Do something. […]

Well, I'll tell you what, he very much cares about democracy on his borders. I would like to create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia. Dick Durbin's right. Georgia is trying to seek NATO admission to the membership action plan. Let's accelerate Georgia's admission into NATO. Moldavia is under siege by Russia. Let's help Moldavia. Poland and the Czech Republic, we abandoned our missile defense agreements with them to protect Europe from a rogue missle attack coming out of the mid east. Russia backed Obama there and if I were President Obama I would reengage Poland and the Czech Republic regarding missile defense. I would admit Georgia to NATO. I would have a larger military presence in the Balkans to NATO members that are threatened by Russia. I would fly the NATO flag as strongly as I could around Putin. I would suspend his membership in the G-8. It would be the G-7. The G-20 would become the G-19 at least for a year and every day he stays in the Ukraine, I would add to it.


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