September 3rd, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Sen. Graham:"I Understand if President Takes Action Without Congress"

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tells CNN's Kate Bouldan where he stands on moving forward with military action in Syria.

Given what he considers “really bad options,” Graham says his take on the solution is: “degrade Assad” with a military strike and upgrade the rebel opposition forces.

Senator Graham criticizes how the administration has handled Syria over the past two years saying, “This is about the most mismanaged situation I’ve ever seen since World War II, when they were trying to control the Nazis. This is bizarre,” Graham says.

Though the politician also claims he understands if the President moves forward without congressional approval of strikes.

At the end of the interview, Graham ominously warns, “the worst is yet to come” and if America fails in Syria, “the whole region’s going to go down in flames.”

He says, “Put yourself in the shoes of the average member of Congress. The public doesn’t understand our strategy. I’m trying, along with Senator McCain, to make sure we get Syria as right as possible given the really bad options.”


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