Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who also happens to a potential presidential candidate told ABC’s This Week that he has “no doubt” that President Obama “loves America” and is a patriot.
In distancing himself from the recent inflammatory comments made by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani earlier this week, Graham said,
Well, I love Rudy, but I don’t want to go there. The nation’s very divided. President Obama has divided us more than he’s brought us together and I don’t want to add to that division. I have no doubt that he loves his country. I have no doubt that he’s a patriot. But his primary job as president of the United States is to defend this country and he’s failing miserably.
However, Senator Graham’s main gripe with Obama is over his use of the words “violent extremism,” when it comes to discussing the ISIS threat, instead of “radical” Islamists.
To Graham’s mind, the only way to stop the likes of ISIS is through proactive and affirmative action, “They’ve adopted a theory of religion that’s 1,000 years old that requires a worldwide caliphate that will purify the Islamic religion, kill or convert every Christian and Jew and vegetarian in their way. They’re not going to stop unless somebody stops them.”
It seems that the Obama administration is in complete denial when it comes to the real threat posed by the Islamic Caliphate, in the Middle East, which has been spreading steadily over the past year or so.
As Graham added, “I’ve never been more worried about my country than I am today in terms of radical Islam, and yes, it is radical Islam.”
Nevertheless, there are still those who agree wit President Obama when it comes to ISIS, like Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who defended the administration’s stance in an interview on This Week,
In my view, if we start referring to ISIL [ISIS] as occupying any form of the Islamic theology, we’re pretty much dignifying them as occupying some form of that faith. They don’t. Islam is about peace and brotherhood. There are 1.6 billion Muslims in this world and the true Islamic faith has nothing to do with what ISIL represents, and so, to start labeling them as Islam or Islamic State in any respect I think gives them far more dignity than they deserve.
For his part, Senator Graham isn’t sure he will win a Republican nomination for the 2016 elections but as he told reporters, he’s “going to give it a try,” adding, “I’m trying to run a campaign, if I decide to run, that will focus on securing this nation. I think I could create a pathway forward to straighten out the mess we’re in and we’ll see where that goes.”