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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is disturbed about how virtually everything has gone to “crap” under Democrat’s President Joe Biden “leadership.”
Speaking on Fox News’ “Justice w/Jeanine” on Saturday, the Republican lawmaker slammed the president’s “ineffective” and “weak” governing style by pointing to a spate of recent examples concerning everything from terrorism to illegal migration.
“The one thing we haven’t seen from Joe Biden is a deterrent approach,” he said.
For instance, the president allowed the country’s largest pipeline for refined oil products to be extorted for $5 million by Russian hackers. Then when pressed for a solution, he called for training more kids to become cybersecurity experts.
“Is anybody in Russia afraid of hitting us again? The idea of graduating people to go into cybersecurity was not what I was looking for. I was looking for putting the Kremlin on notice that these people live in your backyard [and] we’re going to hold you accountable for their misadventure,” Graham said incredulously.
“I was looking for upping our game in terms of our laws, making cyberattacks like this cyberterrorism, so that the people who did it could get the death penalty or life in jail — deterring the people.”
The problem is that the Biden administration refuses to classify the Colonial Pipeline hack as an act of terrorism. Why? Legal scholar Jonathan Turley believes it’s because he doesn’t want the American people to realize how vulnerable America’s infrastructure has become.
“What the Biden administration seems to fear most is public recognition that it is afraid — afraid of the vulnerability of our infrastructure, afraid that the public will learn what cyber terrorists already know,” Turley wrote for The Hill this weekend.
But it’s not just with the pipeline that the president has failed to show leadership.
“I’m looking for Hamas to be deterred. They’re not. I’m looking for Mexico and Central America to stop the onslaught on the border. Everything Biden is touching is going to crap. So the bottom line is there is a piling on effect all over the world because President Biden is showing weakness,” Graham continued on Fox News.
This prompted host Judge Jeanine Pirro to ask Graham whether he’s concerned about America’s power grid being hacked. The senator replied that he was.
“Well look at the pipeline. My god, I mean this pipeline is a single pipeline to the East Coast. They were able to knock it out. I’m very worried about our the electric grid, our financial service systems, about trains, about chemical companies,” he said.
“You can do only so much prevention. We need to up our game when it comes to prevention, but you have to deter people. They have to be afraid to attack the United States. Is anybody afraid of Joe Biden? Is anybody being deterred by the policies of President Biden. The answer is no. This is a dangerous time in the world right now.”
It appears Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, shares the senator’s concerns about America’s precariously vulnerable state:
…We need to call Darkside what it is — a terrorist organization — and to acknowledge what we did: We paid off terrorists. Then, perhaps, we can get some answers as to whether our country remains only days away from another meltdown due to a failure to defend against ransomware.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 15, 2021
Concerns about Biden’s weakness aren’t limited to just the right. Doug Scheon, a Democrat party operative who previously worked with the Clintons, penned his own piece for The Hill last month lamenting the president’s unwillingness to match his tough words with tough actions.
“I am disappointed to find that the foreign policy of the administration has been more about strong words and less about a cohesive strategy for confronting national security threats. Biden has shown us that he speaks loudly but carries a weak stick,” he wrote.
Interestingly, he went on to spout the same complaint as Graham about a lack of deterrence.
“On China, Biden labeled the Communist Party oppression of the Uyghurs a genocide and called President Xi a thug. Biden condemned the holding of Uyghurs in internment camps and said ‘there will be repercussions.’ Biden also voiced his concern over the crackdown on Hong Kong,” he wrote.
“Yet as Beijing increases the military activity in the South China Sea, as well as violates freedoms in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the strategy for how Biden plans to confront these threats remains unclear. Sanctions alone are not strong enough deterrents. The United States must consider taking more steps like a boycott of the Olympics in China next year.”
So far, all indications point to the Biden administration not boycotting the Olympics.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 11, 2021
The president’s weakness has Graham particularly concerned about the fate of Israel.
“Clearly Hamas is not not afraid of the Biden administration. Do you think that Hamas would have shot 2,000 rockets on Trump’s watch? We had the lowest illegal immigration crossing in 45 years in the last year of President Trump’s presidency. He secured the borders. He got peace deals between the Arabs and the Israelis,” he said.
“And what you see here is a challenge to Biden on multiple fronts, and I cannot … I miss President Trump. I tell you this right now, a strong president makes the world much safer. A weak, ineffective, naive president makes the world much more dangerous.”
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