The Lindsey Graham foreign policy playbook, at LobeLog

In case you missed it, and chances are you did, Sunday’s “Meet the Press” finally established once and for all that Senator Lindsey Graham (What? Lindsey Graham on a Sunday morning TV show? How unusual!) is perhaps the keenest foreign policy mind this country has ever produced:

However, when Senator Graham shared his critical thoughts about Obama’s foreign policy record July 20 on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he let his guard down a little, and we got a glimpse of what a Lindsey Graham foreign policy agenda might look like:


Well, Senator, there’s a lot to unpack there, specifically with regards to Russia. This crisis over the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight. What did Secretary Kerry not say? What is the administration not yet prepared to do that you think must be done?


One, he didn’t call Putin the thug that he is.

Intrigued by Graham’s aggressive use of Mean Names to make fun of world leaders he doesn’t like so that they will Do Diplomacy with him, I tried to find out more. I was able to get a look at part of Graham’s foreign policy strategy, which I’ve shared at LobeLog. I don’t want to reveal any more than that here, because it’s really devastating stuff, but there was one plank that I was forced to leave out of the LobeLog piece because it’s frankly too risque — apparently, a President Graham (we can dream!) would always refer to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as “President Farty Butt.”

“Boko Haram leader AbuBakar Shekau? In a Graham administration, he’s ‘Heywood Jablome,’ and that’s from Day One, David.”

I’m telling you, this material is incredibly potent. Could shake up the entire world order, to be honest.


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