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