Earlier this week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) offered up a solution to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Graham’s solution… take out Putin, as in assassinating him.
The comment drew rebuke from both sides of the aisle, and now Graham is walking it back.
Graham said what most people have probably been thinking.
Saying it, however, is a different ballgame.
The United States clearly cannot sanction assassinating a world leader.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was among those pushing back.
Cruz stated, “This is an exceptionally bad idea.
“Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil & gas; and provide military aid so the Ukrainians can defend themselves.
“But we should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state.”
Even Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) thought this went too far.
She stated, “While we are all praying for peace & for the people of Ukraine, this is irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged.
“We need leaders with calm minds & steady wisdom.
“Not blood thirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet tough by demanding assassinations. Americans don’t want war.”
And that is exactly what America would be drawn into if Putin was taken out and it was linked back to our country.
After Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov called Graham’s comments “unacceptable and outrageous,” Graham dialed it back down just a bit.
He replied, “Mr. Ambassador, you’re supporting a war criminal in Putin.
“Your country is engaged in war crimes in front of the entire world.
“You’re bombing innocent civilians.
“You, my friend, is the one who needs to apologize.
“When it comes to Putin, he needs to go to jail.”
Not exactly an apology, but it will hopefully dial down the rhetoric of Graham wanting to put a hit out on Putin.