Lindsey Graham Tells Dana Bash Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Was ‘A Bunch of Bullsh*t’


Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told CNN’s Dana Bash today that former President Barack Obama’s exit from Iraq was “a bunch of bullshit,” during a discussion on President Donald Trump’s proposed military pull out from Syria.

Graham, who has condemned Trump’s Syria departure and claimed it could lead to a “second 9/11” in America, was asked by Bash, “If ISIS reconstitutes itself after the U.S. Leaves, does President Trump bear responsibility?”

“Number one, everything we’re dealing with today falls on Obama’s watch,” the Republican lawmaker replied. “He is the one who withdrew from Iraq.”

After Bash presented Graham with Obama’s reason for leaving, a status of forces agreement set up by former President George W. Bush that committed to a full pull out of U.S. troops in 2011, the senator responded with rage.

“No, that’s a bunch of bullshit! Pardon my French,” Graham said of the Obama’s SOFA in Iraq. “That’s a complete and absolute lie. Obama wanted to get to zero. He got to zero.”

“[In] 2011, I said I hope the president is right, but I fear this decision will come back to haunt us. ISIS came as a result to withdraw from Iraq,” he added.

Graham continued by explaining why he believes Trump should keep U.S. forces in Syria:

“He was dealt a bad hand by Obama and needs to play it better than he’s playing it… There are three things that are important in this country. Number one, make sure that ISIS never comes back in Syria. We need to keep our troops there. They’re inside the ten-yard line in defeating ISIS, but we’re not there yet. If we leave now, the Kurds will get slaughtered. I’m going to talk to [Trump] at lunch. I got a call from General Dunford. The president is reconsidering how we would we do this. He’s frustrated. I get it. People should pay more, should should fight more. We’re not the policemen of the world here. We’re fighting a war against ISIS.”

The senator also said he will “ask the president to do something that President Obama would never do: Reconsider.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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