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Lindsey Graham: ISIS Will See Obama's Move in Syria as 'Weakness'

(MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports")

By    |   Friday, 30 Oct 2015 02:04 PM

President Barack Obama's decision to send a limited number of special operations forces into Syria only shows his weakness when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday, and the move "will not change the conditions on the ground."

"Number one, you need a no-fly zone inside of Syria for the refugee problem so people don't have to flee their country," the South Carolina Republican, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on her noon news program.

"You need a place where you can train soldiers, and a no-fly zone allows you to do that with safety and security."

But instead, Obama's move is merely an incremental change that will do nothing to change matters, and "in the eyes of our enemy, this is weakness. In the eyes of our allies, this is unreliability."

Further, the GOP presidential candidate said that ISIS will not be intimidated by the move.

"They are all in for their agenda, the caliphate and their view of the world," said Graham, who has long called for additional troops to fight the insurgents in Syria and Iraq.

"President Obama is not all in when it comes to degrading and destroying ISIL. This just reinforces that."
 
And it is not in the United States' national security interests to allow Syria to continue to crumble, which will also affect the country's alliance with Jordan.

"We don't want to lose the king of Jordan to a radical Islamic group," Graham said. "We don't want Lebanon to be overrun, so the Syrian refugee problem affects our allies. It is a safe haven for ISIL."

Graham also discussed the news about Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with Iran and Russia to discuss a diplomatic solution for getting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad out, saying that it "literally makes me sick to my stomach."

"We are about to sell out Syria," he told Mitchell. "Assad is being reinforced by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah and the millions of people in Syria who want to replace Assad because he's butchered their families have nobody standing behind them."

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President Barack Obama's decision to send a limited number of special operations forces into Syria only shows his weakness when it comes to fighting the Islamic State, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday, and the move will not change the conditions on the ground.
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