Lindsey Graham ready to ‘set the stage’ for ‘military force’ to protect America from Mexico

Fingering cartels and the government as responsible for recent kidnappings and ongoing American deaths, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham had some tough talk for Mexico as he previewed his intent to put our southern neighbor “on notice” with potential “military force.”

(Video: Fox News)

After video captured four Americans being kidnapped Friday just over the border from Brownsville, Texas in Matamoras, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the response from President Joe Biden’s administration has appeared to be little more than to issue warnings about the danger of traveling abroad.

On Monday, the victims were identified as Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown and Eric James Williams and Graham joined Fox News host Jesse Watters to detail the course of action he believes should be taken until these dangers to the American people are stopped once and for all.

“I would follow (former attorney general) Bill Barr’s advice and get tough on Mexico,” the lawmaker expressed. “It’s not just the hostages. Number one, I’d do everything I could to get ’em back. I’d do what (former President Donald) Trump did. I’d put Mexico on notice. If you continue to give safe haven to fentanyl drug dealers, then you’re an enemy of the United States.”

Earlier in the program, Barr also joined Watters and said of the Mexican cartels, ‘They are terrorists.”

“The Mexican government is being held hostage by tens of thousands of paramilitary members of terrorist organizations that effectively control Mexico,” the former Trump official said. “It’s pretty close at this stage to a failed narco-state. They can use violence and oceans of cash to corrupt the government. The government has no will, and it doesn’t have the ability to deal with the cartels.”

During Graham’s Fox News appearance, he went on to point out that “70- to 100,000 people have died from fentanyl poisoning coming from Mexico and China, and this administration has done nothing about it.”

For perspective, Barr noted similar figures and pointed out how that number of deaths was roughly equivalent to the number of U.S. servicemen killed in action throughout WWII, further establishing the comparison of the cartels to an enemy combatant.

Despite that, the senator continued, “This administration has done nothing about it…I’m going to introduce legislation, Jesse, to make certain Mexican drug cartels foreign terrorist organizations under U.S. law and set the stage to use military force if necessary to protect America from being poisoned by things coming out of Mexico.”

“I would tell [the] Mexican government, ‘If you don’t clean up your act, we’re gonna clean it up for you,'” Graham declared.

Earlier this year, Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) had introduced their own legislation aiming to target the cartels with military force. The Texas lawmaker and retired Navy SEAL said, “This is not a drug problem. This is not a war on drugs problem. This is a poisoning problem. And they are killing about 80,000 Americans a year. The Mexican government does very little to thwart this.”

Supporting Crenshaw’s assertion, on Monday Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador provided a conflicting story about the kidnapped Americans and claimed the group had crossed the border to buy medicine and “there was a confrontation between groups, and they were detained.”


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