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Sen. Graham says Obama has positively 'upped his game' on drone warfare

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"I think on the drones side he's upped his game in a very good way. He's used drones in the most effective way of any president since the technology has been deployed. We really have hurt al Qaeda along the tribal regions" in Pakistan, Graham said on MSNBC.

Obama has faced strong criticism from lawmakers on both the left and the right over his policies for fighting terrorism with drone technology. In March, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) filibustered the nomination of John Brennan to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency until the Obama administration clarified under what circumstances it could conduct a drone strike on an American citizen.

In the same interview Graham also needled Obama on other policies related to countries in the Middle East.

"When it comes to managing the Arab Spring and understanding the threats that Libya faced by not having a trained army, trying to not be Bush at all costs, outsourcing security in Libya to a nonexistent government, leading from behind in Libya, letting it just completely disintegrate," Graham said.

Graham also said he was unimpressed with Obama's approach to dealing with Iran.

"I would say that his approach to the Arab Spring, which nobody could have seen coming, has quite frankly been a failure, and I'm not impressed by what we're doing with Iran," Graham added. "We talk, they enrich uranium. I hope he ups his game because the biggest fear I have is radical Islamists getting a hold of chemical weapons and Syria or Iran getting a nuclear weapon."


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