On Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham derided the efficacy of the assaults initiated by President Joe Biden against Iranian-backed terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria late last week.
In a “Fox News Sunday” interview, Graham spoke in response to the strikes launched by the administration one week after a terrorist attack on a U.S. base in Jordan claimed the lives of three U.S. soldiers.
“Here’s what we need to do. We need to hit something that the Ayatollah values, his leadership team, like a Soleimani, or take him out of the oil business. If we hit their oil infrastructure, you don’t need manned aircraft, they got four refineries, you can see from space, if you knock one of them out, they would stop this.” Graham said during the interview.
“Our American troops are in harm’s way. If the goal is to deter Iran, you’re failing miserably. If the goal is to protect American troops, you’re not achieving your goal. If you’ve convinced Iran we don’t want a wider war, they believe you. ‘Oh, I don’t want a war with you.’ They got the message. They’re not afraid of us. They were afraid of Trump. They’re not afraid of us.” he continued.
“We need to change our policy. People are not afraid of us, this idea of hitting hundreds of targets that don’t matter.” he added.
“The only Iranian we killed in Syria or Iraq is some dumba*s that don’t know to get out of the way. We gave them a week’s notice. So, if there’s another round of strikes coming, I hope they they really will hurt Iran in their pocketbook or kill their leadership. Because if you don’t, nothing changes.” Graham concluded.