Lindsey Graham wants to authorize Obama to use force against Iran


The Hill reports:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Tuesday he’s working on legislation that would give the president the green light to attack Iran if negotiations over the country’s alleged nuclear weapons program stall.

Graham, one of the GOP’s most prominent hawks, told reporters on Tuesday that he’s worried the administration’s failure to get congressional approval for a strike against Syria has emboldened Iran. He said he’ll be working with Democrats and Republicans on legislation that would encourage diplomacy, threaten more sanctions and authorize military action as a last resort.


“The Iranian debate should begin pretty soon – what should we do, and how should we do it?” Graham said. “I do believe that it’s important for [the president] to have in his back pocket if negotiations get serious an authorization to use force.”

Watch for this to become a 2014 primary issue for Graham tonight or, at the latest, tomorrow morning.

Jeff Quinton

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