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Graham: Congress Should ‘Shut Up’ on Libya

On Meet the Press this morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said “Congress should sort of shut up and not empower Qaddafi” by discussing the possibility of cutting off funding for military operations there.

He also said it was a mistake for Republican presidential hopefuls to think that getting “to the left” of President Obama on national security is a path to victory in the GOP primary. He warned that any candidate evincing skepticism about our military mission in Afghanistan and elsewhere the Middle East would face strong “headwinds” from the party.

On ABC’s This Week, Graham’s close ally Sen. John McCain expressed a worry that Republicans were returning to “isolationism.”

Referring to comments made by several Republican hopefuls during last week’s New Hampshire debate, McCain said “there’s always been an isolation strain in the Republican Party, the Pat Buchanan wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak.”

Daniel FosterDaniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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