Graham: Newt, Limbaugh ‘Expressing Frustration’ With Afghan War

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of Congress’s strongest advocates for the Afghanistan war, said the misgivings expressed by Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh are examples of frustration, but not reason to end the military operation.

“They’re expressing frustration but I know why we’re there,” Graham said on Fox News Sunday. “Don’t let this snapshot ruin the strategic importance… If we leave, and it falls back into Taliban hands and Al-Qaeda reemerges, we’ll pay a heavy price.”

“The key to this,” he added, “is a strategic partnership agreement telling the Taliban, the Iranians, the Pakistanis we’ll have a follow up military force and the Taliban will never come back.”

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