Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Dick Durbin of Illinois debated foreign policy on Fox News Sunday. Graham, a Republican, argued that the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a "national security breakdown."
"I am totally convinced this is going to go down in history as one of the most major breakdowns of national security in a very long time," Grahama said. "It's Exhibit A of a failed national security strategy." Watch the video below:
Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on Iraqi security issues in light of the fact that, come January, there will be virtually no U.S. troops stationed there. In what can only be described as a first-rate senatorial butt kicking, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took apart the two administration witnesses’ effort to explain why, after so much blood and treasure has been expended in creating a democratic Iraq, we’re now left with zero combat forces in country.
Illinois senator Dick Durbin opened his Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing this morning on civil rights for Muslims by quoting George Washington. "In this land of equal liberty, it is our boast that a man's religious tenets will not forfeit the protection of the laws," Durbin said, making it clear that this is the principle he's aiming to uphold today, as he tries to tackle concerns about how Muslim Americans are treated in this country. But his main focus was placed on rhetoric, not civil rights abuses, toward Muslims.
At a security conference in Halifax, Senator Lindsey Graham weighed in on the foreign policy implications of the election:
Addressing the Halifax International Security Forum, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that, with an increased Republican control in Congress, “the likelihood of a precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq has gone down.” He went on to say that the election results were “good news for President Obama if he wants to be bold on Iran.”
In a letter to Eric Holder, Democratic senators Webb, Lincoln, and Lieberman join Republican senators Collins, McCain, and Graham in asking the attorney general to reverse course on his decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and his co-conspirators in civilian court in New York City: