US Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham has told Americans to vote for him if they want more wars and avoid 9/11 like terrorist attacks.
In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, co-host Steve Doocy questioned Graham’s past war rhetoric.
“A lot of people are just worn out by war,” Doocy told the longtime senator from South Carolina.
"Well, don’t vote for me," Graham responded. "Don't vote for me, because I’m telling you what’s coming: Barack Obama’s policies leading from behind are going to allow another 9/11."
"ISIL is large, rich and entrenched,” he added. “If I’m president they will be poor, small and on the run.”
The Republican senator also said that American ground forces must be deployed to the Middle East to defeat ISIL before they target the United States.
“I’m trying to tell the American people and the Republican primary voter — the only way I know to defend this country is to send some of us back to Iraq and eventually to Syria to dig these guys out of the ground, destroy the [ISIL], kill as many of them as you can, hold territory and help people over there help themselves,” he said.
Graham, a known war hawk, officially launched his 2016 presidential campaign on Monday.
Graham's entry further swells the crowded Republican field, whose candidates will increasingly battle for not only votes but fundraising.
Last month, Graham said US President Barack Obama is guilty for the current situation in Iraq, not former President George W. Bush. “I blame Obama for Iraq, not Bush.”
“Bush made mistakes. He corrected his mistakes. Obama leaving Iraq, ignoring the advice of all of his military commanders – he was told what would happen if you leave Iraq with no troops left behind,” he added.