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Graham: ‘One of the Great Mistakes in American Foreign-Policy History’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) is ratcheting up his criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of Libya. In remarks obtained by National Review Online, Graham calls on the president to initiate a no-fly zone. He also chides Obama for his inaction. “Then-senator Obama relished the opportunity to label Iraq as President Bush’s war,” Graham recalls. “If he does not act decisively in Libya, I believe history will show that the Obama administration owned the results of the Qaddafi regime from 2011 forward.”

“One test in foreign policy — at least be as bold as the French,” Graham says. “Unfortunately, when it comes to Libya, we’re failing that test.”

“Allowing Qaddafi to regain control over Libya through force — without any meaningful effort to support the Libyan people — will create grave consequences for our own national security,” Graham continues. “The biggest winner of an indecisive America refusing to stand up to dictators who kill their own people will be the Iranian regime. The Iranian regime has already used force against their own people when they demanded freedom. If we allow Qaddafi to regain power through force of arms, it is inconceivable to me that the Iranians will ever take our efforts to control their nuclear desires seriously.”

“[The Obama administration’s] refusal to act will go down as one of the great mistakes in American foreign-policy history, and will have dire consequences for our own national security in the years to come,” Graham concludes. “I truly fear the decisions they are making today will come back to haunt us.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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