Graham: 'Prepare for more attacks'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Ohio Republican tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Trump lawyer offered six-point plan for Pence to overturn election: book MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday's terrorist attack on a French newspaper should be a wake-up call and warned that the U.S. was losing its ability to detect and prevent future attacks.

“I fear we can expect and must prepare for more attacks like this in the future," said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a statement.


He said decisions made by the Obama administration have made the U.S. more vulnerable. 

"Through a combination of poor policy choices made by the Obama Administration regarding detention and interrogation policies, and budget cuts approved by the Congress with President Obama’s support, I believe our national security infrastructure designed to prevent these types of attacks from occurring is under siege," he said. 

"I fear our intelligence capabilities, those designed to prevent such an attack from taking place on our shores, are quickly eroding." 

The attack, which killed 12, was carried out by masked gunmen who reportedly shouted, "God is Great" in Arabic as they fired upon the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French newsmagazine that has mocked Islamic extremism.

Graham also said the attack underscored that "radical Islamists have no limits when it comes to destruction and the taking of human life" and that they must never be allowed to acquire weapons of mass destruction. 

It is unclear who is responsible for the attack, but Graham also condemned the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has tried to recruit Westerners to carry out violence in their home countries.

"The [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)] is well-funded and has an entrenched command structure that is actively inspiring terrorist attacks throughout the world," he said, using an alternate name for the group.

"And while President Obama has the right goal in destroying ISIL, I fear the policies he is using are grossly insufficient and leave our homeland increasingly exposed," he said.