Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday panned President Obama’s national security speech last week as “tone deaf.”
“At a time we need resolve the most, we’re sounding retreat,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Obama, in his Thursday speech, announced that the government would limit its use of unmanned drones in targeting enemies, after drones had played a key part in his administration’s national security strategy.
The senator was particularly critical of the shift in drone strategy, and specifically mentioned how Iran and Syria would be heartened by the change.
“I think we’re diminishing our national security infrastructure,” Graham said. “I’ve never been more worried about our national security than I am right now. This speech did not help.”
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), appearing with Graham, was more supportive of the change.
“I’m not going to take lightly the terrorism threat against the United States,” Durbin said. “But if we’re constantly thinking of this in the context of war, we stand the very real risk of doing things which compromise our values and freedoms.”