GOP presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Sunday that “there is a 9/11 coming” if the United States does not play a leading role in a ground war against ISIS.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Graham said he hopes France will invoke a NATO provision that would draw its allies into a war against ISIS.
“They should. The world should be at war with ISIL,” the South Carolina senator said.
“I’m trying to protect America from another 9/11, and without American boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq, we’re gonna get hit here at home,” Graham said. “And if you don’t understand that, you’re not ready to be commander-in-chief in my view.”
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.”
Check out the full interview with Lindsey Graham below