April 5, 2015

Surprise, surprise. Warmongering Sen. Lindsey Graham (a.k.a. Senator Huckleberry J. Butchmeup, h/t Charlie Pierce) thinks we should leave the negotiations with Iran to the "next president."

Graham isn't going to be happy until we're in the middle of another military intervention in the Middle East and helping Israel drop bombs on Iran, so naturally he and his fellow neocons believe anything short of that is showing "weakness."

His interview on Face the Nation was short on the drama and the usual pearl clutching we're used to from Graham, but it didn't make the name calling any less petulant.

Graham says Obama too weak a negotiator:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President Obama was not qualified to deal with Iran and its nuclear arms ambitions.

Graham claimed U.S. allies in the Middle East do not trust Obama with their interests, and that Iran itself neither fears nor respects the president. Graham added that Obama has too much "baggage," and new blood is necessary for protecting America’s national security.

“Obama is a flawed negotiator,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“I don’t want a war, but I also don’t want to give Iran the tools to attack the Middle East and one day us,” he continued. “I believe there is a better deal.”

Graham, a likely 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, said that Thursday’s tentative agreement with Iran’s government empowered its leadership in their quest for atomic bombs.

Graham said he doesn't “buy … for one minute" that the White House had talked Iran into the best deal for Americans.

“It’s the best deal Barack Obama could get,” he concluded. “Does anyone really believe that the Iranians will take the billions of dollars we give them and build hospitals and schools?”

Obama said on Saturday that he expects a “robust debate” over the draft agreement’s details. Graham replied that Congress should serve as a major participant in such a process.

“I insist Congress review the deal, debate on it and vote on it before it becomes final,” he said.

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