While appearing on Sunday's edition of CNN's "State of the Union," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Gloria Borger the situation with ISIS in Iraq is another 9/11 in the making thanks to a stubborn-headed, delusional and detached Barack Obama. Graham, however, said there's still some time to turn things around if Obama acts quickly.
"The Iraqi people don't want to be governed by ISIS," he said. "The Shias don't want to be governed by Iran. They actually want to move forward. We were well on our way. The lack of a residual force, the stubborn-headed president we have who thinks he knows better than everybody else, who withdrew troops, and exposed this country to the inevitable needs to change his policies quickly. If he does, we can still save this."
"Stubborn-headed president?" Borger asked.
"Stubborn-headed, delusional, detached president," Graham said. "But that's the last bad thing I'm going to say. Mr. President, a lot of people want to help you, because we're in it together. The number of people that could die in this country from getting this wrong is going to be far greater than 4,000, because they're getting weapons they didn't have before."
"The economic chaos to the world is going to be far greater than the money we spent in saving Iraq. This is another 9/11 in the making," he added.
Graham, having recently won his contested primary while avoiding a runoff, also warned that the United States could be next if Obama continues to dither over the situation in Iraq.
“If we don’t [take action], if we don’t, God help us because we’re next,” he said.
The solution, according to Graham, includes talks with Iran.
"We should have discussions with Iran to make sure they don't use this as an opportunity to seize control of parts of Iraq," he said. "They're in this. They're already on the ground. We need to put a red line with Iran."
Graham's comment stunned the CNN hosts, but he explained that if Iraq falls to ISIS, the U.S. would be the biggest loser while Iran would emerge as the biggest winner.
The president took a long weekend in California to enjoy a round of golf, prompting criticism. Meanwhile, ISIS militants began shelling Baghdad airport and are just a few kilometers from the U.S. Embassy, which is reportedly being reinforced with up to 100 soldiers and Marines at the request of the State Department. An undisclosed number of embassy staffers will be moved to Amman, Jordan or U.S. consulates elsewhere in Iraq not immediately threatened by ISIS, USA Today added.
Militant Islamists also racked up a number of victories on Sunday, CNN said, and images have emerged showing brutal mass executions being carried out by ISIS radicals.