Sen. Graham: 'Obama Has Become the King of Indecision'

By Susan Jones | July 21, 2014 | 6:44am EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)  ( Starr)

( - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) expressed disbelief on Sunday after Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States "has never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now."

Kerry also said the American people "ought to be proud" of President Obama's "peaceful, diplomatic engagement" in the world's trouble spots.

"It scares me that he believes the world is in such good shape," Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press."

"America is the glue that holds the free world together. Leading from behind is not working. The world is adrift. And President Obama has become the king of indecision. His policies are failing across the globe..."

"President Obama is trying to be deliberative. It comes off as indecisive," Graham said later in the interview. "He's trying to be thoughtful. It comes off as weakness."

Graham said the Obama administration needs to be much tougher on Putin -- and he faulted Kerry for not calling Putin "the thug that he is."

"He didn't call for arming the Ukraine so they can defend themselves against rebel separatists supported by Russia. All of the enemies of our nation are being well-supplied. Russia and Iran are helping Syria. 160,000 Syrians have been slaughtered, John Kerry, by Russian-supplied weapons to Assad," Graham said.

"Syria has become a safe-haven for terrorists to attack our nation. How about sanctions that would hit Putin as an individual? Their energy sector, their banking sector. The Europeans are never going to lead on this issue. It is indispensable that America lead. And there's a battle of wills between the KGB colonel and the community organizer. And the colonel is winning."

Graham said he wants the U.S. to arm the Ukrainians so they can defend themselves. "I'm suggesting we put more N.A.T.O. troops surround Ukraine, that we rebuild the missile defense systems that Obama took down to let Putin know the path of least resistance is not to continue to dismember the Ukraine."

Also appearing on "Meet the Press," Kerry touted U.S. leadership in foreign policy matters:

"And the fact is that every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center leading and trying to find an effort to make peace where peace is very difficult.

"And I think the American people ought to be proud of what this president has done in terms of peaceful, diplomatic engagement, rather than quick trigger deploying troops, starting or engaging in a war of choice. I think the President's on the right track. And I think we have the facts to prove it."

Kerry said the problem is not with Obama, but with a "bunch of critics who want to jump to conclusions without looking at the facts. But the facts could not be more clear. The United States of America has never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now."

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