After President Obama agreed to send humanitarian aid and limited air strikes into Iraq, one Republican official criticized the president, stating that if he doesn't engage in heavy combat, he envisions "American cities in flames."
As thousands of Iraqis flee the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq, President Obama made the decision to send food drops of humanitarian aid to those stranded in the mountains, while authorizing airstrikes where necessary. Following the typical pattern. a Republican appeared on Fox News to criticize President Obama.
During an interview with Chris Wallace on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated that if President Obama didn't take heavier military action in Iraq and Syria, that they would come to the United States to attack.
“I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorists’ ability to operate in Syria and Iraq...Mr. President, you have never once spoke directly to the America people about the threat we face from being attacked from Syria, now Iraq. What is your strategy to stop these people from attacking the homeland?”
Graham continued, noting that Obama could be engaging in the "blunder for the ages" if he doesn't change his foreign policy in the region.
“Iraq and Syria combined represent a direct threat to our homeland..His responsibility as president is to defend this nation. If he does not go on the offensive against ISIS, ISIL — whatever you want to call these guys — they are coming here!...It is about our homeland, and if we get attacked because he has no strategy to protect us then he will have committed a blunder for the ages.”
The United States and the American people are tired, tired of war and spending tax payer's dollars on military intervention. President Obama is in tough spot, having to balance a war weary American public with that of the moral obligation to help those in desperate need in Iraq. Criticism hasn't just come from the political right, but also from the left who ask why Obama has sympathy for the innocent in Iraq, while continuing to arm Israel who have killed nearly 1,500 Palestinian civilians in Gaze who have nothing to do with the extreme leadership in Hamas.
For someone like Lindsey Graham to be so critical of president Obama, just shows the short term memory that many Republicans have about their own party.