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Graham: Take hard line on Pakistan

Sep 25, 2011 11:17:00 PM - thestate.com
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Sunday the United States should consider military action to defend U.S. troops if Pakistan’s spy agency continues supporting militants who are attacking American forces.

“The sovereign nation of Pakistan is engaging in hostile acts against the United States and our ally Afghanistan that must cease,” Graham told “Fox News Sunday.”

Graham, a Republican who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said if experts decide the United States needs to “elevate its response,” he was confident there would be strong bipartisan support in Congress for such action.

Graham did not call for military action but said “all options” should be considered. He said assistance to Pakistan should be reconfigured and that the U.S. should no longer designate an amount of aid for Pakistan but have a more “transactional relationship” with the country.

“They’re killing American soldiers,” he said. “If they continue to embrace terrorism as a part of their national strategy, we’re going to have to put all options on the table, including defending our troops.” Unilateral U.S. raids into Pakistan could have explosive implications in a country where anti-American sentiment is widespread.

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