Recently, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ) visited the Baltic States to ensure the people there that the United States will defend them in the event that Russia invades or attacks them.
It was reported earlier this week that the President had ordered Special Operations forces to the Baltic States after Vladimir Putin amassed missiles in the Russian exclave Kaliningrad Oblast.
So far, these two senators have been very supportive of President Obama’s sanctions and actions against Russia in response to their alleged hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s emails. Their only criticism has been that the President needed to do way more.
It seems that they want an all-out war against Russia. Senator Graham compared Obama’s actions so far to “throwing pebbles.” He said it’s time to start “throwing rocks.” Here were some of his comments in a Senate hearing with Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper and Director of the National Security Agency Admiral Mike Rogers:
GRAHAM: Here’s what I would hope he realizes: that if he has to take action against North Korea, which I think that he is going to have to do, and I intend to support him, but he has to explain to the American people why, and one of the explanations he’ll give is what I was told by the people who are in the fight, and let me tell you this, you don’t wear uniforms, but you are in the fight. And we’re in the fight for our lives.
I just got back from the Baltics, Ukraine and Georgia. If you think that it is bad here, you ought to go there.
So, ladies and gentlemen, it is time now not to throw pebbles, but to throw rocks. I wish we were not here. If it were up to me, we would all live in peace, but Putin is up to no good, and he needs to be stopped. And Mr. President-Elect, when you listen to this, you can be skeptical, but understand they’re [the intelligence community] the best among us, and they’re trying to protect us. Thank you, all.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 5, 2017
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