WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had harsh words for the Obama administration for the way they have been handling global crises.
Speaking to NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Graham responded to Secretary of State John Kerry’s comment that the U.S. “has never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now.”
“[H]e gave the most ridiculous and delusional summary of American foreign policy I could imagine,” Graham told NBC News, referring to Kerry. “It scares me that he believes the world is in such good shape. America is the glue that holds the free world together. Leading from behind is not working. The world is adrift and President Obama has become the king of indecision. His policies are failing across the globe, and they will come here soon.”
Kerry told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that there is an “enormous amount of evidence” that Russia supplied the separatists in eastern Ukraine with the surface-to-air missile that ended up downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last Thursday. Nearly 300 people died in the crash.
Graham stated he wants the Obama administration to do more to punish Russia.
“The Europeans are never going to lead on this issue. It is indispensable that America lead,” Graham told NBC News. “There’s a battle of wills between the KGB colonel (Russian President Vladimir Putin) and the community organizer, and the colonel is winning.”
Graham stated that Obama is coming off as indecisive and weak.
“I’m suggesting European, American-organized sanctions that go after Putin individually, the energy sector in Russia, the banking sector in Russia. I’m suggesting that we arm the Ukranians so they can defend themselves,” Graham explained to NBC News. “I’m suggesting we put more N.A.T.O. troops around Ukraine, that we rebuild the missile defense systems that Obama took down to let Putin know the path of least resistance is not to continue to dismember the Ukraine.”
Kerry said in his NBC News interview that critics are jumping to conclusions without looking at the facts about the administration’s foreign policy and that Americans should be proud of what Obama had accomplished globally.
“I think American people ought to be proud of what this president has done in terms of peaceful, diplomatic engagement, rather than quick-trigger deploying troops, starting or engaging in a war of choice,” Kerry told “Meet the Press.” “I think the president’s on the right track and I think we have the facts to prove it.”
Kerry is heading to Cairo to push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.