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    Graham: military last guard against nuclear threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsay Graham is siding with a Republican presidential candidate who's calling for military action if all else fails to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

    The South Carolina Republican says he supports "totally, absolutely, without any doubt" former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's call during a Saturday debate for the military last-resort option to keep nuclear weapons out of Iran.

    Graham says in a television interview, quote, "If they develop nuclear weapons, the whole region is going to want a nuclear weapon. If you open Pandora's box, if you attack Iran if they get a nuclear weapon, you empty Pandora's box."

    Graham also said it's important to "neuter this regime" by destroying its military and persuading Iranians to demand a regime change.

    Graham appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation."


    • charlie Yesterday
      Politicians are like pampers, they should be changed often.
    • brentbm Yesterday
      No current politician after Iraq should be trying to tell any American after the last three years 25% of our great citizens can't find jobs or food et al. They are so deceitful they reduced the percentage to 10% unemployment for the media. Let's start worrying about our own first Graham and Romney. Stop the rhetoric of war during holidays when people out there cant buy kids toys. We who have jobs must not be insensitive.
    • TxNonPoliticalType Yesterday
      War is a solution only for the feeble minded and is always the result of failed politics and failed politicians. It is NOT a first resort. Ever.
    • Kelly Yesterday
      where was all the worry when these POS pakistani were selling the technology to countries like Iran and the retarded inbread North Koreans
    • O B Yesterday
      this whole story is all crap----the war mongers in washington just want to start a war---they r the new nazi empire
    • thinkingman1 Yesterday
      OR, we can listen to our FOUNDERS and stop entangled alliances and preemptive war.

      If your neighbor was a bit nuts and was building a canon, would you bomb him? It is the American rule of law to not harm him, right? UNLESS he used that canon against you directly. Well, why should we bomb Iran preemptively? It's WRONG!

      READ THOMAS JEFFERSON, Ben Franklin and George Washington WRITINGS about foreign affairs, banking and independence and you will understand the philosophy of Ron Paul.

      Entangling Alliances with None - Thomas Jefferson.(he was our 3rd president kids)

      We wish not to meddle with the internal affairs of any country, nor with the general affairs of Europe.

      Believing that the happiness of mankind is best promoted by the useful pursuits of peace, that on these alone a stable prosperity can be founded, that the evils of war are great in their endurance, and have a long reckoning for ages to come, I have used my best endeavors to keep our country uncommitted in the troubles which afflict Europe, and which assail us on every side.

      The satisfaction you express, fellow citizens, that my endeavors have been unremitting to preserve the peace and independence of our country, and that a faithful neutrality has been observed towards all the contending powers, is highly grateful to me; and there can be no doubt that in any common times they would have saved us from the present embarrassments, thrown in the way of our national prosperity by the rival powers.

      Do what is right, leaving the people of Europe to act their follies and crimes among themselves, while we pursue in good faith the paths of peace and prosperity.

      Since this happy separation, our nation has wisely avoided entangling itself in the system of European interests, has taken no side between its rival powers, attached itself to none of its ever-changing confederacies. Their peace is desirable; and you do me justice in saying that to preserve and secure this, has been the constant aim of my administration.

      No one nation has a right to sit in judgment over another.

      Nothing is so important as that America shall separate herself from the systems of Europe, and establish one of her own. Our circumstances, our pursuits, our interests, are distinct. The principles of our policy should be so also. All entanglements with that quarter of the globe should be avoided if we mean that peace and justice shall be the polar stars of the American societies.

      I am decidedly of opinion we should take no part in European quarrels, but cultivate peace and commerce with all.

      I am for free commerce with all nations, political connection with none, and little or no diplomatic establishment. And I am not for linking ourselves by new treaties with the quarrels of Europe, entering that field of slaughter to preserve their balance, or joining in the confederacy of Kings to war against the principles of liberty.

      At such a distance from Europe and with such an ocean between us, we hope to meddle little in its quarrels or combinations. Its peace and its commerce are what we shall court

      Determined as we are to avoid, if possible, wasting the energies of our people in war and destruction, we shall avoid implicating ourselves with the powers of Europe, even in support of principles which we mean to pursue. They have so many other interests different from ours, that we must avoid being entangled in them.

      In the course of this conflict, let it be our endeavor, as it is our interest and desire, to cultivate the friendship of the belligerent nations by every act of justice and of incessant kindness; to receive their armed vessels with hospitality from the distresses of the sea, but to administer the means of annoyance to none; to establish in our harbors such a police as may maintain law and order; to restrain our citizens from embarking individually in a war in which their country takes no part.

      We ask for peace and justice from all nations; and we will remain uprightly neutral in fact.
    • Richard Yesterday
      Does Lindsey Graham really think if we invade Iran the population will all support us?
    • Indy  •  Denver, United States  •  Yesterday
      Americans need to DEMAND a DRAFT if they want war with Iran. Let's see the children and grandchildren of the Elites in this country have some of their skin in the game then we'll see them think twice about war. And NO college exemption.
    • Rick LV  •  Las Vegas, United States  •  Yesterday
      Our oil money paid for Iran's nuke program.
      Our greed made China, our future enemy, an economic superpower.
      I really WISH America wasn't so good at financing its own destruction!!
    • sage s Yesterday
      " Graham: military last guard against nuclear threat."
      The drums of war are beating again I hear. I wonder whose children are going to get killed or maimed, because of the decisions these political idiots make?
      I am all for war, if those who chose to initiate the battle is on the front lines fighting as well.
      So how about it Lindsay Graham and Mitt Romney, how about both of you hawks going the troops on the front line.
      It is easy to start a war without thinking when you do not have any skin in the fight.
    • ThyWillBeDone  •  Evansville, United States  •  Yesterday
      You got it all wrong. It's you politicians that are the disease on this Earth.
    • clash city rocker  •  Buenos Aires, Argentina  •  Yesterday
      and who is going to fight in this war? we do not have an inexhaustable amount of soldiers ready,willing or able to enter another Muslim country..stop treating our military men and women as desposible chess pieces in a macho tug of war...these brave soldiers are human beings and have done more than their share to serve and protect this country...I bet none of his or romney's kids will be on the front lines of another war
    • APEX-ROGUE  •  Jackson, United States  •  Yesterday
    • Bubba  •  Tampa, United States  •  Yesterday
      That must mean Mitt Romneys 5 sons may be joining the military........or does he want your sons and grandsons to join, while his sons stay home and help him!!!!!!
    • TxNonPoliticalType Yesterday
      This is the third front-page story today about Iran. Yet we are not being threatened. Don't buy into this con job Americans. Not this time. We need to take care of our own country and let the middle east handle their own problems.
    • TxNonPoliticalType Yesterday
      This region is already NUCLEAR. Ask Israel.
    • Emilio  •  Lubbock, United States  •  Yesterday
      "In peace, sons bury fathers, in war fathers bury sons." Herodotus the great greek historian.
    • Rachel Yesterday
      New Law: Anyone who promotes war should go and fight themselves. If Graham wants war, he should go there personally and fight in the front lines.
    • AL3795  •  New York, United States  •  22 hours ago
      let Isreal deal with this...
    • Logan  •  Reston, United States  •  Yesterday
      The US has over 5000 nuclear weapons. Iran "might" be capable of making three.
      If any one has caused nuclear proliferation in the middle-east it is Israel. Israel currently is the only nation in the middle-east with atomic weapons.
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