From Washington Journal June 4, 2009. Lindsey Graham is told by a caller that the Republican party should apologize for the invasion of Iraq. Graham refuses to apologize and defends the invasion.
Graham: I am very proud of what we've been able to accomplish in Iraq and I am very sad that we made so many mistakes on the way. We never had enough troops. We were stubborn about adjusting our policies on the ground, but we finally did. I am very proud of President Obama understanding that we have to get it right in Iraq.
I am glad Saddam Hussein is out of power. I am glad he's dead. And I am glad the Iraqi people, Sunni, Shia and Kurds have a chance to start over. I think it would be a wonderful thing for this world to have a representative democracy in the heart of the Mid-East in the Arab world and I wish, quite frankly, in Cairo President Obama would have acknowledged the bravery of the Iraqi people to turn on al Qaeda. I think we underestimate what happened in Iraq.
One of the great stories of the Iraqi war here has been that the population in Iraq took up arms against al Qaeda and that's the way we win this war. We can't kill all the terrorists to win the war. We try to empower moderate people. People like exist in Iraq of different groups to stand up against these thugs and murderers that would oppress women and children and people all over the world that would take us into the dark ages.
So I have no apology for what we're doing in Iraq. I regret the mistakes we made, but I'm proud of the Iraqi people and I'm proud of our soldiers who have helped them chart a new way that will make you safer and make me safer and President Obama has got I think the correct view about how to move forward.
By Senator Graham's standards, just how many other countries would it be alright for the United States to invade? Graham of course is still trying to conflate Saddam Hussein with the attacks on 9-11 without coming out and saying as much. Graham also refuses to address the number of dead and displaced Iraqis that are a result of the U.S. invading a country that was never a threat to us.
There is plenty of blame to go around and a great number of people on both sides of the aisle in Washington D.C. who owe the Iraqis an apology for invading their country. Senator Graham is not willing to accept any of it. Color me not surprised but still disgusted. It would have been nice if the caller had some time left in the show to follow up with him.