Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that "there's a 9/11 coming" after the Paris terror attacks and called for 10,000 American troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria to help fight the Islamic State.
"I'm trying to protect America from another 9/11, and without American boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq, we're going to get hit here at home," Graham, a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, told Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union." "And if you don't understand that, you're not ready to be commander-in-chief, in my view."
A White House official said Sunday that there is no clear threat to the U.S. at this time, though it is clear the militant group wants to launch an attack on U.S. soil.
"If we don't do these things soon, what you've seen in Paris is coming to America," Graham said.
Graham and other Republicans running for president have called on the White House to develop a more urgent military strategy for dealing with ISIS. Not all have been as hawkish as Graham, however.
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) said Sunday the U.S. needs to launch more airstrikes against ISIS, but came up short of advocating for sending a certain number of ground troops to the region right now. He said America's Sunni allies need to lead the fight.
"I think it’s premature to say the exact numbers," Rubio said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," when asked specifically about ground troops. "The best fighters on the ground are proving to be the Kurds, and to some extent the Sunni tribes who are autonomous, but we’re not directly supporting them. So that needs to begin to happen.
"We also have to get our Sunni allies in the region more involved in this fight," Rubio went on. "The only way to ultimately defeat ISIS is for them to be defeated ideologically and militarily, by the Sunnis themselves."
rare moment Rubio makes sense remember these guys like Graham don't have access to same info as Pres. they are doing nothing but armchair quarterbacking they don't know which way is up or what the WH is doing but they demand to know in one breath then one gets a moment of reality and says they would be telegraphing their moves which was never an unknown they also know that Sunni's and others are not going to fight as long as we stay and do it for them.
this dodging the question about boots on the ground as to how many tells us they haven't a clue they are just promoting war and ginning up their base that they are going to kill their selected enemy all Muslims they'll say it's not but the message their base gets is all inclusive they are still attacking and vandalizing Mosque and using that broad brush reference of Islamic Terrorist to mean all Muslims.
Carson there should never be a Muslim in the WH not to many years ago Whites were saying there should never be a Black in the WH and here he is defying his own party's manifesto which was said out of racial hate his statement more of the same from the same party.
i say give them weapons and a pat on the back if they man up then we help with boots if not we protect ourselves we have allies that are also content to let us lead because it doesn't cost them nothing. for us being the big boy in a foreign country leads to dissent and longer confrontations republicans know that and it fits their agenda perfectly war is what they are all about but there is to benefit for us just those who can take advantage of natural resources and global positioning which is just another staple of more war recognize.