Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) continues to provide evidence that he is completely lost when it comes to conservative politics. Admitting on MSNBC that he believes that President Obama and Hillary Clinton have better foreign policy ideas than Senator Rand Paul. (R-KY). Even worse, Graham fails to realize that he is also misconstruing some constitutional ideas with foreign policy. It happens near the end of the conversation when Graham says that Obama has no problem killing an American accused of being a terrorist… but Rand Paul would. Sadly, Graham has conflated two very different and very important ideas here and he misses the larger point in regards to Anwar al Awlaki – which is, can the President order the execution of an American citizen without a trial? I think it’s a ery pertinent question and one that Graham smugly skims over by pretending to be strong on national defense.
I’m just going to say it – Lindsey Graham is an immoral tool. He would gladly scrap the Constitution if he felt it would advance his political career and he is doing just that with his condemnation of Rand Paul and his praise of Obama and Clinton.
QUESTION: You and Hillary Clinton are, it is fair to say, close personal friends — how can the party trust you to ferociously take her on and make you the nominee, if you are friends with her.
SEN. LINDSAY GRAHAM: Well that would disqualify Jeb — because apparently Bill is like his illegitimate brother.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: You just made news, thank you, keep talking…
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: I don’t dislike Hillary Clinton, I think she is the third term of Barack Obama and the architect of a failed foreign policy. Her and Bill did a better job of selling Obamacare than he did. So, to me, if we can get a qualified nominee, she loses because she represents a failed presidency.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Isn’t it true though that your foreign policy –John McCain’s as well– is much closer to Hillary Clinton’s view of the world than Rand Paul’s?
Because they always say, in effect, that Hillary Clinton was the only neo-con in the Obama administration.
LINDSAY GRAHAM: All I can say about Hillary Clinton is that her view of Russia was misguided. I cannot only say that she apparently–
JOE SCARBOROUGH: But what about on intervention, though? If you had to pick between Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy or Rand Paul’s?
LINDSAY GRAHAM: Well, I’m closer to anybody who believes that we should lead not from behind but from the front, but she supported a leading from behind president. But here’s your point. Rand Paul is one step behind leading from behind. So, yes, even Obama is more aggressive. Obama believes you can kill Anwar al Awlaki without getting a court order. Obama believes you can hold unlawful enemy combatants at Gitmo without a criminal trial because this is law of war detention. So Rand Paul is behind Obama, not just Hillary Clinton.