Sen. Lindsey Graham said on June 2 he would send more U.S. troops to the Middle East and not pull them out.
Graham, who announced on June 1 he is running for Republican nomination for president in 2016, was asked by NBC News "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd about his foreign policy should he become president (video below).
The South Carolina senator said he would arm the anti-Russian Ukrainians, leave U.S. troops in Afghanistan, send more U.S. troops into Iraq and call on U.S. allies Egypt and Turkey to join the U.S. in a ground war against Islamic State group in Syria, noted Mediaite.com.
Graham didn't mention that Syria and Turkey are not on good terms.
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When Todd asked Graham how he would eventually pull U.S. troops out, Graham stated:
"You don’t get out ... You don’t get out ... like Germany and Japan... I think you have to be involved in the Mideast militarily, politically, economically. If you’re not, you’re making a huge mistake. If we had left Germany and Japan, God knows what would have happened."
Graham failed to mention that Germany and Japan were at war with the U.S. during World War II, but terrorist groups are not countries.
Graham insisted the U.S. could bring stability back to Iraq, which the war-torn country has not had seen since the U.S. invaded in 2003.
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"I don't see this ending in my lifetime," Graham added.
Graham did not mention how he would fund these never-ending conflicts if elected president.