Graham questions whether strike on Syria was enough

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham weighed in Saturday on coordinated strikes against Syria's chemical weapons program.

The strikes were a joint operation launched by the United States, the United Kingdom and France. The Pentagon confirmed 105 weapons were successfully launched on three targets, including two of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's chemical facilities.

Graham thanked the military for putting their lives on the line as well as President Donald Trump for taking action.

"I want to thank President Trump for actually doing something," he said. "In the past, we've talked and done nothing. But I'll be honest with you: the nature of this strike bothers me. I think it's going to be seen as a weak response."

Graham said Saturday it was time that something was done but questioned whether it was enough.

"I appreciate the President doing something but in my view, this was a chance to show the world that if you cross Donald Trump you pay a heavy price and I'm not so sure it did that," Graham said.

The strikes were in response to a suspected gas attack on the rebel-held city of Douma last weekend that left dozens of women and children dead last weekend.

Former South Carolina Governor and current United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley called the strike "justified, legitimate and proportionate," but warned against further poisonous gas attacks by the Syrian regime, saying the United States is "locked and loaded."

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning that the strike was "perfectly executed" and ended the tweet with the phrase, "Mission accomplished!"

"I would be cautious to proclaim victory here," Graham said. "The goal was not to just deter him from using chemical weapons, but to change the trend lines in Syria."

He says if Russia and Iran and Assad, that would be a nightmare for Israel. Graham said he thinks Assad should have been a war target because he is "a war criminal."

"I think after being told by two presidents not to use chemical weapons three times, and Assad did it, killing innocent women and children, that he should have paid a price," Graham said.

Copyright 2018 WCSC. All rights reserved.