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April 5, 2011
Lindsay Graham's capitulation to Islamists
South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham appears to be coming out of the failed John McCain election closet to launch himself back onto the national political stage. Graham appeared on Sunday morning's CBS Face the Nation in an interview with Bob Schieffer, condemning the burning of the Islamic holy book, the Quran.
Shirt tailing on the announcement by Gen. David Petraeus that Quran burning poses a security threat in Afghanistan, Graham expresses his intention to work closely (across the aisle) with Senators Kerry and Reid and others to condemn the burning of Qurans. Picking up where Petraeus left off in condemning Florida Pastor Terry Jones for burning a Quran earlier this week, Graham said,
Yeah, I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable. Free speech is a great idea, but we're in a war. During World War II you had limits on what you could say if it would inspire the enemy.
Conservative commentator Ann Barnhardt gives a blow-by-blow analysis of Graham's speech, highlighting the fact that if John McCain had been elected president, McCain's "Best Buddy" Graham most likely would have been the U.S. attorney general, raising a red flag of danger based on Graham's statement in which he clearly favors restricting Americans' freedom of speech. Barnhardt said,
Hold people accountable? For what? For exercising their constitutionally protected and divinely ordained right to freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of religion?
Yes, we know that as Americans are waking up to the threat of radical Islam knocking on our back door, the issue of Quran burning is a hot one, and likely to grow a lot more volatile before things cool down. But as we face the next presidential election, might we ask, also, what exactly is the real reason for McCain's shotgun rider Lindsay Graham to be jumping back into the bonfire of the national political arena on a nice spring Sunday morning?
Watch Barnhardt's commentary below:
And part 2:
An interview with Barnhardt can be found here.