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Graham: ‘The chance of another 9/11 just went through the roof’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) arrivers for a Senate Budget Committee hearing to discuss President Biden's budget request for FY 2022 on Tuesday, June 8, 2020.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said the chances of more terrorist attacks like the ones on Sept. 11, 2001 “just went through the roof” because of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Graham, during an interview with guest host Ed O’Keefe on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said a “parade of horribles is about to unfold” in Afghanistan as the U.S. moves into the final stage of the withdrawal process.

“We’re leaving thousands of Afghan allies behind who fought bravely with us. We’re gonna leave hundreds of American citizens behind. The chance of another 9/11 just went through the roof. These drone attacks will not degrade ISIS. The number of ISIS fighters have doubled. We’ve turned our back on our allies … and we set the conditions for another 9/11,” Graham said.

“I’ve never been more worried about an attack on our homeland than I am right now,” he added.

Graham also rejected President Biden’s argument that the U.S. is ending the war in Afghanistan by removing troops, instead contending that the country is entering a new “deadly chapter.”

“We did not end this war. President Biden said that he wanted to take Afghanistan off the plate for future presidents. He’s turned the exact opposite. For the next 20 years, American presidents would be dealing with this catastrophe and Afghanistan. This war has not ended. We’ve entered into a new deadly chapter. Terrorists are now in charge of Afghanistan,” he said.

Graham also hit Biden personally for his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, telling O’Keefe that the president should face “a lot of consequences,” including impeachment, something he initially raised last week.

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