(Anne Eller, WLMA in Greenwood contributed to this report)
When it comes to foreign affairs, Senator Lindsey Graham says the U.S. must always resist the temptation to disengage from the world. Graham explains what he meant–
We have a lot of budget problems here at home. We are going to become like Greece if we don’t watch it. Forty cents of every dollar we spend is borrowed money with a $14 trillion debt. We are spending more on the government this year, as the percentage of GDP than any time since World War II.
Graham says America does not just need to sit on the sidelines, especially when it comes to military.
Here’s what I’m advocating: To have a national security strategy towards the MidEast that makes sense, and each country is different. When it comes to Egypt, the relationship we have had with their military over the last 30 years, we sell them equipment, we train their troops, kept Egypt from spiraling out of control. Egypt was an old friend.
The senator says America has a chance to be a part of the change in the Middle East.
Around the world, America is well-known for the amount of oil of its coast. However, President Bush put a ban on off-shore drilling, which Graham says was a “big mistake.”
Every time we abandon drilling here at home we’re more dependent on foreign oil. So, I’m going to introduce legislation. If states choose to, they have to agree to drilling off their coast, but that would allow Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and east and western parts of Louisiana, for us to lease land for drilling.
President Obama has also prohibited drilling off the East Coast of the U.S., but with Graham’s proposed legislation, he wants to change that.
Graham spoke with Greenwood affiliate WLMA.