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Graham: Iran Needs Threat of ‘All-Out Assault’ to Change

CPAC: “Isn’t it really the biggest goal of our time to defeat these people, to say no to this radical ideology?”

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Bill Straub

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March 15, 2013 - 12:32 pm

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Sen. Lindsey Graham warned a delegates attending the CPAC convention on Thursday that “everything will be at risk” if Iran develops a nuclear weapon and maintained that the nation should back Israel to the hilt if it decides to make a pre-emptive strike on Tehran.

“What keeps me up at night is waking up to find that they tested a nuclear device in Iran,” Graham (R-S.C.) told a crowded hall, adding that if the regime succeeds in its quest for a nuclear device, “then you are on the road to Armageddon.”

“Isn’t it really the biggest goal of our time to defeat these people, to say no to this radical ideology?” Graham asked.

Graham, one of the upper chamber’s top defense hawks, was on a panel discussing the nation’s security with, among others, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who concurred with much of Graham’s assessment, asserting that “this is the most perilous time in the history of our nation.”

McKeon noted that recent budget cuts are hindering the nation’s military readiness.

“We’re doing a lot of it (budget cutting) on the backs of our military and we should not allow that to happen,” he said.

But it was Graham who painted the darkest picture. In the past, he said, other nuclear nations competing with the U.S. – such as the old Soviet Union – were kept in check out of concern for mutually shared destruction. That concern about annihilation “won’t work with these guys,” he said.

“They don’t care,” he said, noting that a successful development will be used to ensure the survival of the current regime.

The U.S. is endangered, he said, if Iran devises a weapon of mass destruction that winds up in the hands of terrorists who “one day come to our shores.”

America’s biggest asset, he said, is Israel, which is separated from Iran by Jordan and Iraq.

“They’re going down swinging,” Graham said. “When they said, ‘Never again,’ they meant it.”

Graham said he has offered a resolution providing Israel with military and economic support if it decides to confront Iran. At the same time he criticized the Obama administration for what he views as a weak response to the Iran threat, despite repeated White House promises to back up Israel.

“On foreign policy, I’ve never seen our friends so afraid and our enemies more bold,” Graham said, adding that while the president “talks tough” the words “must be matched by our actions.”

“If they (Iran) believe there’s the possibility of an all-out assault by the American military, that’s the only way they’re going to change,” Graham said.

Israel has “limited military capabilities” despite fielding a fine force, Graham said. The knowledge that the U.S. would use military force “would take some pressure off Israel.”

“I certainly can’t think of a more critical time in our nation’s history,” Graham said. “There is no accommodating radicalism.”

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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Some people are saying that the Israeli attack on Iran will be over on the first night. Of course this means nukes. As you might know, the dirtiness of nukes is quite adjustable. If Fordow and the other plants are hit with rocket delivered neutron devices, followed with dirty penetrating bombs, nobody could go near these sites for a thousand years. Hit Qom with a 5 megaton device to take out the clerical leadership and the Guard, and use several EMP devices to take out the infrastructure and the ability to respond, and Iran will be on the ropes in minutes. Take out four of its biggest harbors with tactical nukes and Iran will be begging like Somalia in a month. The technology has been around for decades. Israel just has to decide to use the nukes. Netanyahu can blame the use of nukes on the reluctant Obama administration failing to deal positively with Iran.
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Whining about some imagined threat on the other side of the world while your country is 8% illegal aliens is the height of idiocy.
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Let Lindsey and Johnny go to Iran and do the fighting and dying themselves or send their offspring to do the fighting. Enough of these desk warriors sending other peoples sons and daughters to die in useless wars against the countries to whom we continue to send billions. Republicans must become the anti war, anti drone and anti police state party or prepare to vanish..
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Threat is only threat if it is credible.

How many months had Obama agonized to send more troops to Afghanistan, not enough to make a damn difference, more of them to get killed? Does anyone, except the imbecile Graham, believe Iran would buy into the stupid "threat"? How about send our troops over there, then sequester the military funding?
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Graham's logic is faulty.

First he says that the Iranian regime is so fanatical that it doesn't even care about nuclear destruction. But then he says that the only way they will change is if they fear a U.S. attack with conventional weapons???

If Iran doesn't fear nuclear war, why will they so fear an attack with conventionally armed cruise missiles that they would change their behavior?

Anyone who isn't deterred by the prospect of nuclear war is clearly so fanatical that no other deterrents or pressure will deter them either.

If they're that fanatical, the only thing we can do is kill them.
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