President Barack Obama weakened U.S. credibility around the world by failing to enforce “red lines” he set with Syria and Iran, Rep. Kay Granger said in an exclusive interview with TheBlaze.
“There’s no point in threatening unless you are willing to stand behind your threats,” Granger, who serves as chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, told TheBlaze contributor Mallory Factor in a video interview (below). ”We’ve lost a lot of creditability in the world because we haven’t stood behind our threats and we also haven’t stood behind our assistance for nations.”
On the continuous bloodshed and recent U.S. intervention in Syria, the Congresswoman explained her worries.
“Syria’s very difficult and I’m very concerned that what we’re doing right now is a too little too late.”
The automatic sequestration cuts have “put holes in our national security” and eroded military readiness, she told Factor.
“They are effecting our national defense in a very significant way, and I’m very concerned about those cuts,” Granger said, adding later that ”we’re talking about a very dangerous world, and we’re cutting everything back, and you’re talking about training our military and equipping our military…That effects our national security. There’s no doubt about it.”
“I’ve got probably the highest cuts of any of the subcommittees, 19 percent,” Granger said about the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. ”Not that defense can’t be cut back, but when you talked about sequestration, it’s across the board. It doesn’t matter whether the program is effective or not effective, or needing or not needing.”
Still, Granger said that spending cuts are important because of the message the American people sent in the last election before the Budget Control Act, but how they have been allocated is hurting our national defense.
Beyond how domestic budget decisions are harming our national security and military readiness, Factor and Granger discussed where we could soon see very serious problems in the world.
“We used to have the people stabilizing influences in the Middle East were Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan,” Granger explained, noting that now, nothing surprises her anymore coming out of Egypt; we are seeing a very different Turkey from several years back; and Jordan is becoming overwhelmed with refugees from Syria and Iraq. Jordan may be the Congresswoman’s biggest concern, as she told Factor 20 percent of the nation’s population will be refugees by the end of the year.
Granger also said she is very concerned about what Obama has said and done regarding our relationship with Israel.
“The American people support Israel. It’s not just the President” Granger said. “Israel is our most reliable ally.”
Watch Rep. Kay Granger’s full interview with Mallory Factor below: