Graham tells Iran to ‘get ready for severe pain’

Graham tells Iran to ‘get ready for severe pain’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) outside the Senate chamber with a scrum of reporters in tow on the evening of Jan 19, 2018 as the Senate debates a continuing resolution that could lead to a government shutdown if not passed. (Photo Doug Christian)
“I’m confident that if there is a war with Iran, they lose," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters after the Situation Room meeting at the White House on Thursday afternoon. (File photo: Doug Christian/TMN))

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaking to reporters after sitting in a classified briefing about Iran, saying that “we’re a lot closer today than we were yesterday” to armed conflict. “Here’s what Iran needs to get ready for — severe pain.”)

CAPITOL HILL — That was Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee talking to reporters after a classified briefing about Iran’s shooting down of a U.S. drone in the Strait of Hormuz.

Graham offered an assessment of potential armed conflict with Iran:

(Audio: “I’m confident that if there is a war with Iran, they lose. I’m confident it would be very devastating to the region. It will not be pretty. Don’t want to go there. But what more do you expect the president to do? He sent the Japanese prime minister to try to start negotiations and they blow up a Japanese tanker. I don’t know what to say.”)

But Democrats are taking a different approach toward potential conflict. After President Donald Trump brought congressional leaders from both parties to the Situation Room, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters, “We told the room that the Democratic position is that congressional approval must be required before funding any conflict in Iran. One of the best ways to avoid bumbling into war, a war that nobody wants, is to have a robust, open debate, and for Congress to have a real say.”

Looking forward, Republicans are indicating their displeasure at the prospect of Roy Moore, 72, running a second time for an open Senate seat in Alabama. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says, “We’ll be opposing Roy Moore vigorously.” Republican Sen. Martha McSally from Arizona says, “Give me a break. This place has enough creepy old men.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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