Sen. Graham fears the worst is yet to come in Mideast
GOP lawmaker says Obama is 'in over his head'
- Duration 5:42
- Date Sep 19, 2012
GOP lawmaker says Obama is 'in over his head'
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Judging these images about 45 minutes ago there -- more angry American protests spreading now to various countries this is what we saw in Islamabad Pakistan and several hundred briefly gaining access to an area that houses the US embassy.
Another foreign missions -- -- South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham.
Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee says we are about to see.
It go from bad to worse senator good morning.
Good morning what -- mean by that.
-- I think Syria's second take.
This really affecting whole region bit.
I doubt if there's anybody in modern times been more ill prepared to be president than Barack Obama.
He's never created jobs really never had private sector experience and on the foreign policy front.
I think his foreign policy was simply I'm not bush.
I'm the new kind of person -- a reasonable rest rational person I'm going to engage the world and you know he went to Berlin and throughout the Western Europe and -- thousands of adoring fans chanting shouting Obama he went to Cairo and made this speech about.
Let's start over and he got the Nobel Peace Prize for just not being bush.
I think he's a well meaning celebrities.
Quite frankly in over his head of center -- what brought what should he have done you believe.
Why I think he should have understood.
What's going on at this moment in history.
That the political upheaval you see on your screen is a contest.
Between people who read -- we get totalitarian.
No -- a different way of life a better way of life and people who radical islamists who -- to take the world in the region back in the darkness.
And we're on the sidelines and where -- you know he says two things he's done.
We kill bin Laden on his watch he -- it deserves credit for that tactical successes street.
Strategic opportunity lost but is anybody in the mideast intimidated.
By the fact that we kill bin Laden has it translated to making us safer no.
Is that tactical success strategically it's been a complete blinder and John Kerry at the Democratic Convention said.
Asked bin Laden if he's better off we'll here's my -- that -- our diplomats and American interest in the mideast if they're better off.
When I get to Ben -- in a moment because I know you don't believe the fact of these demonstrations were spontaneous you've said that throughout the week here.
But even you supported the overthrow of Qaddafi.
And I supported the overthrow of Mubarak.
Why because the people -- Islamist lost.
The election in Libya big time they got 10% of the vote.
But they're not gonna go away the -- they lost the election they're trying to undercut the Libyan government and drive us out of the region.
The people in Egypt to inspiring the violence against our embassy Russell office I got about 20% of the vote.
When there's a lack of American leadership people fill in these vacuums so -- -- when you when you ask me what is -- Obama's foreign policy.
I think it's -- I think is leading from behind at -- time we need to be leading from the front but you -- what everybody was shouting these demonstrators take to the streets and bring back democracy to places that never seen it before.
Everybody thought that was a -- great idea.
And now in each of your left and Mohamed morsi who is clearly shown publicly.
Who knows what he's saying privately that they he's not necessarily a friend of the United States policy.
Well I think I -- big.
What you need to shape history let history -- view.
And Morrissey was meeting with fifty American business people at the time the embassy walls were breached.
Talking about opening that business opportunities for Americans in -- As Egypt goes so goes the Arab world the Muslim Brotherhood it's charters disturbing.
But if democracy is allowed to progress.
They'll -- -- reform their agenda deliver for the Egyptian people -- get -- It is in our interests to be on the ground in Egypt and make sure that -- -- democracy continues to Bob is not in our interest to let our.
Consulate in Benghazi Libya go on guarded and -- say that this was not a coordinated attack by Islamic radicals.
Is a very dangerous -- misunderstand let me get to that now because or two points -- when it gets you in the short time we have -- you say it defies common sense.
Consider this is spontaneous you're calling for congressional investigation.
What do you think was at work here.
What look at eight -- did anybody come with that -- -- of mortars did anybody come with heavy weapons the breached the walls in Egypt.
What was up here is that pre planned attack in my view of Islamic radicals are trying to drive us out of Libya and undercut the leaving government.
-- a lot less warn us the lead they could care less about a modern Egypt so we're fighting forces.
Of people who will live with us.
Differently than -- we are but in peace in the modern world vs people we'll take this into the darkness so I think congress should investigate.
What happened at our consulate in Libya but -- -- the difference.
The difference between a planned attack in a riot is night and day no one other point here Afghanistan it's popping yet again what is our policy there -- 22 three months.
Poll driven politics that commanders wanted 40000 surge forces.
They got thirty when he announced the surge forces going and he announced the date they were coming out he's with from the surge forces.
Against his military commanders advice and security situation.
Is deteriorating people in the region think we're leaving our enemies are emboldened and our friends are unsure about who we are and our commitment to the region.
Therefore things are following a senator thank you we'll check in again with you and your office and see what happens of this investigation in congress Lindsey Graham from South Carolina thank you sir.