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Video shows BBC reporter looking stunned when Lindsey Graham said the US would reinvade Afghanistan to fight Al Qaeda

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Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham said the US would reenter Afghanistan to stop Al Qaeda from growing.
  • The BBC reporter interviewing him looked shocked and interrupted to ask if he really believed that.
  • "We'll have to," Graham said. "Because the threat will be so large."

A video published Monday showed a BBC reporter looking stunned after Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested the US would reinvade Afghanistan.

In a conversation with the BBC presenter Stephen Sackur, Graham, a Republican, criticized the Taliban — which has taken over Afghanistan again — for its treatment of Afghans.

"But most importantly, they're going to give safe haven to Al Qaeda, who has ambitions to drive us out of the Mideast writ large and attack us because of our way of life," Graham said.

"We will be going back into Afghanistan as we went back into Iraq and Syria."

Sackur, looking shocked, interrupted Graham.

"Hang on," he said. "You seriously think the United States will once again, in the foreseeable future, put troops back into Afghanistan?"

Graham replied: "We'll have to. We'll have to. Because the threat will be so large ... It will be a cauldron for radical Islamic behavior."

When they were last in power, before 2001, the Taliban provided safe haven to terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.

Experts who spoke with Insider's John Haltiwanger last month said they thought Afghanistan was likely to become a breeding ground for terrorism.

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Nehemiah Marcus

Maybe it was a mistake to release those 5,000 Taliban terrorists and abandon our Kurd allies. Who was it again who did that?

Beatrice Link

If Lindsey thinks the US needs to go back to Afghanistan, he can go along with his Republican congressional insurrectionists. Our sons and daughters have paid the price with their lives and mental health. Republicans want war but won’t send their children to war.


What? This isn’t what his lord and savior planned. Bush got us there, Obama knew who was in charge and didn’t want to negotiate with the Taliban, although-he promised to get us out. Trump promised to get us out abs realized he had no choice but to negotiate with the Taliban . Biden flowed through with what Trump put into action. This exit was never going to be pretty, but we should have blown up every base and every piece of machinery we had there. Just think of all of the lives and money wasted of Afghanistan. If we couldn’t defeat the Taliban in 20 years, going back in will make no difference. I wish we had spent at least ten years of the money wasted in Afghanistan on our infrastructure.


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