The reports of an Iranian plot to employ Mexican drug cartels for the purpose of assassinating the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C. concerns U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.
Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee appeared on Fox News Thursday saying that the bizarre plot illustrates that the present Iranian regime is “dangerous and crazy.”
“They’re trying to destabilize Iraq. They’re trying to destabilize Afghanistan. They’re supporting the Taliban even though they are ideologically different to hurt our efforts in Afghanistan,” he said, “They have supported the Hezbollah to attack Israel. They’ve supported Hamas. They have a desire to destabilize the world.”
On Thursday, President Obama said the United States would continue to apply the toughest sanctions possible against Iran. He added it is also considering new economic sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran. Graham says the sanctions should be applied now, and the the co-operation of others nations the U.S. does business with should also be secured.
“Nothing would please me more than changing the behavior of this regime that’s trying to develop a nuclear weapon through sanctions, but obviously it’s not working,” he said, “The Russians and the Chinese have to get on board… Stop buying their oil; it would hurt the Iranian people in the short-term, but it would help them in the long term’.
Graham says the president should be alerting the American people on how dangerous the regime is especially if they develop a nuclear weapon and be willing to put all options on the table to stop the regime including military action.
“Increase sanctions that bite, that change behavior. Clearly what we’re doing doesn’t work,” he said, “Take their banking system and cripple it. Stop buying their oil. Put pressure on this regime to stop. If they won’t stop and continue to try to get a nuclear weapon and destabilize the world and kill people in America, then we should put the military option squarely on the table and mean it when we say it.”
He said military intervention should be the action of last resort. Graham says if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, it would put the world in chaos.
Graham says he understands that economic issues are at the forefront of the presidential campaign. However he is calling out the president and GOP candidates to address the dangers created by the volatile Iranian regime.
“Jobs are important, they are the number one issue, but there are equally important things going on in the world. Where are our candidates for president?” he said, “Everybody wanting to become commander-in-chief should tell the American people: here’s the threat Iran presents and here is how I would deal it.”