Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been a vocal supporter of striking Syria, appeared to imply that if the U.S. doesn't take military action against President Bashar al-Assad's regime a nuclear war may ensue.
“I believe that if we get Syria wrong, within six months – and you can quote me on this – there will be a war between Iran and Israel over their nuclear program,” Graham told a gathering of supporters in South Carolina Wednesday, according to U.S. News and World Report.
“It won’t come to America on top of a missile, it’ll come in the belly of a ship in the Charleston or New York harbor,” he added.
US Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, answers a question following a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2013. US Senator John McCain said Monday that Congress's failure to authorize military action in Syria would be 'catastrophic' because it would undermine US credibility. (AFP/Getty Images)
The comments appeared to be an amplified version of what Graham said on Tuesday.
“If we get Syria wrong, if we show weakness here regarding Assad’s chemical weapons utilization, you’re almost ensuring a war between Israel and Iran over their nuclear program, and we will surely get drawn into that,” Graham said Tuesday.
“So to the American people: if you’re worried about the Iranians getting a nuclear weapon, as I am, the last card to play to stop that is how we handle Syria," he added.
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