Lindsey Graham says that Trump Iran & # 39; military & # 39; must penalize & # 39; & # 39; for attacks: & # 39; Sanctions are not enough & # 39;
Lindsey Graham insisted that Sunday the best way to tackle Iran is to conduct a mutual military attack when the Middle East nation & # 39; occurs & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Do not underestimate who we are dealing with here, & # 39; Graham told Fox News & Maria Bartiromo about Iran on Sunday morning. & # 39; This is not about oil. It's about nuclear weapons. Trump has done more to punish Iran than any president since Reagan, but this attack on Saudi Arabia is a war act. & # 39;
& # 39; I hope the president will put a military option on the table that will restore the deterrent because sanctions are not enough, & # 39; the Republican senator continued.
Earlier this month, Iran attacked the world's largest oil refinery in Khurais, Saudi Arabia, eliminating half of the country's oil production and 5 percent of global supplies. The newest step is only one in a series of attacks with escalation tensions in the Middle East.
Senator South Carolina Lindsey Graham believes Iran should be & # 39; punished & # 39; with a & # 39; military option & # 39; for a series of recent violence in the Middle East. & # 39; I hope the President will put a military option on the table that will restore deterrence because sanctions aren't enough & # 39 ;, he said Sunday
In an advice to Donald Trump, Graham said in an interview with Fox News: & # 39; Do Iran now, what Reagan did with them in the & # 39; 80 when they traded. You will restore the deterrence, Mr President
The comments come after Iran's last attack on the world's largest oil refinery in Saudi Arabia earlier this month. It destroyed half the oil from Saudi Arabia and 5 percent of the world's stocks
Iran has denied any involvement in the explosions, but in response to Donald Trump's claim that the US & # 39; locked up and charged & # 39; and is prepared to respond to the attacks, the Iranian government said it is prepared for & # 39; full-fledged war & # 39; if action is taken against them.
It was also revealed that Tehran was responsible for the shooting of an unmanned American drone in July, to which the president refused to respond militarily. And Iran is also accused of attacking two oil tanker ships – one Japanese and one Norwegian – a month earlier in the Gulf of Oman.
Graham praised the president for his restraint in a possible overreaction to the attack on an American drone, but claimed that Iran could have seen the movement as & # 39; a sign of weakness & # 39 ;.
& # 39; When the president decided not to attack because Iran shot our drone, I also supported that & # 39 ;, Graham said during his weekend interview. & # 39; I thought that was a level of restraint that I respected. The problem is that the Iranians took a different view. & # 39;
After the attack on the Saudi oil field, Graham said their continued violence was a sign that they felt they could get more with Trump as president.
Graham said that Trump should use former President Ronald Reagan's strategy with Iran – in response to their violence with military action. & # 39; What did Reagan do when the Iranians performed? & # 39; Graham said. & # 39; They attacked ships, Reagan attacked them. He shot down a few oil platforms and sunk a number of Iranian naval ships & # 39;
& # 39; The measured response from President @realDonaldTrump regarding the shooting of an American drone was clearly seen by the Iranian regime as a sign of weakness & # 39 ;, Graham tweet earlier in September.
The president pushed back on the South Carolina legislator's remark and claimed that the move was actually a & # 39; sign in force that some people just don't understand! & # 39;
Graham urges Trump to follow the same approach as former President Ronald Reagan when dealing with Iran – with the help of a military response.
& # 39; If we give them a pass, everyone in the region believes that the Iranians will eventually break out and get a nuclear weapon and the Arabs will buy one. And you get a nuclear-armed Middle East, if you don't stop Iran now, & Graham said.
& # 39; What did Reagan do when the Iranians performed? & # 39; he asked. & # 39; They attacked ships, Reagan attacked them. He shot down a few oil platforms and sunk some Iranian naval ships. & # 39;
In 1988, in retaliation for damage to an American naval ship and Iran shot down an American helicopter, the Reagan administration used six American ships to destroy two Iranian oil platforms – resulting in serious Iranian casualties.
"We have taken this action to ensure that Iranians have no illusions about the cost of irresponsible behavior," Reagan said at the time. & # 39; We want to deter, not provoke, Iranian aggression. They need to know that we will protect our ships, and if they threaten us, they will pay a price. & # 39;
Last week, Graham said the attack was probably Iran, showing that they believed Trump & # 39; weakness & # 39; showed no response after shooting an unmanned American drone in July
But Trump insisted that his movement be a & # 39; sign of strength & # 39; was that people don't understand
Graham fears that the US has lost its ability to deter Iran from engaging in violence, as Reagan could in the 1980s.
& # 39; As for Iran, we have lost the deterrence, & # 39; he tweeted Friday. & # 39; For Pentagon planners: a weak response to this shameful Iranian aggression only invites more aggression. It will ultimately also lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Be strong now or pay a higher price later. & # 39;
& # 39; I hope (but have my doubts) that Pentagon President Trump's plans offer a wide range of options that would punish Iran and restore the deterrence & # 39 ;, continued the chairman of the Senate Commission in another tweet. & # 39; There are steps between being weak and total war. & # 39;
Defense Minister Mark Esper, who took up his duties at the end of July, announced that the Pentagon would deploy troops after the oilfield strikes. He said Saudi Arabia asked for support.
Although Esper says he and the president want to prevent conflicts with Iran, he admitted that there could be more bets if the situation escalates further.
Graham said that the US could regain the power of deterrence if they could & # 39; now be able to do to Iran, which Reagan did to them in the & # 39; 80 when they traded.
& # 39; You will restore the deterrence, Mr. President, & # 39; said Graham. & # 39; They will not end up in a total war with the United States, because that is the end of their regime. So now it's time to send a signal to Iran that is undeniable and to reset the world before it's too late. & # 39;
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