GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: The world is “literally about to blow up”

The South Carolina senator and inveterate hawk warns of a coming geopolitical apocalypse

Published January 29, 2014 2:33PM (EST)

 Lindsey Graham (AP/Charles Dharapak)
Lindsey Graham (AP/Charles Dharapak)

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham spent Tuesday night doing two things:

  1. Tweeting pictures of himself awkwardly posing with a "Duck Dynasty" cast member.
  2. Warning of impending doooooooooom!

Speaking to reporters after President Obama's State of the Union address, Graham strongly criticized Obama's foreign policy — especially in the Middle East.

“The world is literally about to blow up,” Graham said before emphasizing his disagreement with the president over negotiating with Iran.

But Iran's not the only place where Graham believes Obama's non-neocon approach is proving disastrous.

“The world as I know was not remotely described by the president," Graham continued. "Syria is a contagion."

"Explain to me what happens if the Syrian conflict goes on another year and Assad continues to win?” Graham said. “Iraq is disintegrating. The whole region is moving toward chaos, and we’re doing nothing."

"We’re talking about limiting drones?” Graham asked, incredulously.

“I hope [Obama] will leave a residual force in Afghanistan [so] they can do the job," Graham went on to remark, "because if he doesn’t, it will fall apart at a faster pace than Iraq.”

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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