We like to think or perhaps, we like to hope, that our politicians at least have the capacity to speak from a point of knowledge. Unfortunately, Lindsey Graham, yet another Republican candidate for President has shown us that he speaks from a point of complete ignorance.
Let's start with this video where he speaks about how he fears Iran more than he fears ISIL:
Now that we have Mr. Graham's take on the Iranian evil that lurks in the Middle East, let's get his comments on what he distrusts Iran so much, noting that this commentary was given to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in late May (his comment about Iran can be found at the 2 minute mark) and how his prescience about the Iranian nuclear deal relates to his parent's ownership of a pool hall in Central, South Carolina (population 5159):
Here's the quote:
"Everything I learned about Iranians I learned working in the pool room. I met a lot of liars, and I know the Iranians are lying.".
He also goes on to state that the "Iranians cheat and they lie. They are a radical regime. They want a master religion for the world; the Nazis wanted a master race.".
Earlier in May, Senator Graham made the incredibly intelligent observation at the AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) New England Leadership Dinner that "everything that starts with "al" in the Middle East is bad news", using the examples of al-Qaida, al-Nusra and al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula. What he seems to have either forgotten (or never known) is that "al" is the Arabic word for "the" and that it usually appears before Arabic proper nouns including personal and place names. While Mr. Graham has deflected criticism of his lack of linguistic skills by maintaining that this is a long-standing "joke" rather than a policy statement, at the very least, it shows a significant lack of class and adds to his buffoonery quotient. On top of that, the fact that he is basing his decisions on any deal with Iran on his experiences with Iranians working in his family's pool hall decades ago is completely unacceptable and more than a bit frightening.