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Lindsey Graham: White House May Want Benghazi Attackers Quiet

By    |   Monday, 10 Mar 2014 08:28 PM

Saying President Barack Obama's foreign policy is "falling apart," Sen. Lindsey Graham speculated Monday on why the Benghazi attackers still have not been brought to justice.

The attack on the diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012, left four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead. The investigation into the attack has become divided along political lines, with Republicans asking why the administration first denied the attacks were pre-planned.

Democrats counter that Republicans are fishing for a scandal where none exists.

"I am completely upset with the investigation," Graham said on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren." "I think the Obama administration knows where they're at, they're just not doing anything about it."

Asked why the White House would want to purposely let the perpetrators remain free, the South Carolina Republican said, "Maybe they don't want these people to come to light and prove that it was terrorism. I don't know."

Graham pointed out that the mastermind of the attack, Ahmed Abu Khattala, has been interviewed by CNN and other media outlets, so the government knows who to capture. Fox News reported in May 2013 that the government knew the mastermind's identity and was "sitting on it."

Turning to the crisis in Ukraine, Graham called the upcoming referendum for Crimea to break away from Ukraine and join Russia "illegitimate" and "illegal."

"If business as usual continues after this referendum then Obama's made the mistake for the ages," Graham told Fox News.

He said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin refuses to withdraw troops, Obama should say he'll never again attend a G8 or G20 meeting with Putin in attendance.

Graham also called on Western Europe to link arms with the United States on sanctions against Russian oligarchs who can put pressure on Putin.

Van Susteren pointed out the West needs Russia's oil and natural gas, but Graham said Russia needs to sell it more than Europe needs to buy it. Energy sales make up half of Russia's GDP.

Besides, Graham said, fighting someone like Putin isn't easy.

"Sometimes you have to suffer for your freedom," he said,"and the suffering I'm asking of the Europeans is small compared to what could happen to us as a world."

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Saying President Barack Obama's foreign policy is "falling apart," Sen. Lindsey Graham speculated Monday on why the Benghazi attackers still have not been brought to justice.
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