GOP deeply divided over Graham’s effort get Ukraine admitted to NATO: ‘This is exactly wrong’

Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to pass a bipartisan resolution “urging admission of Ukraine into NATO,” but his fellow Republicans aren’t having it.

“I will be working with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate to pass a resolution urging the admission of Ukraine into NATO,” the pro-war senator tweeted Friday.

“The best way to prevent future wars and promote peace is to create security guarantees that make aggressor nations think twice before starting wars. Ukrainian NATO membership is vital to the future security of Europe and the world. I believe there is an overwhelming majority of Senators supporting this proposition,” he added.


To say that his idea prompted resistance would be an understatement. Indeed, a slew of Republicans from both the House and Senate rushed to condemn the idea.

“Absolutely not. This is exactly wrong – as usual – and could very well lead us to war with Russia, something no one should want,” the GOP’s top isolationist, Sen. Rand Paul, tweeted.

“Expansion of NATO, a Cold War relic, led to the rise of Putin, also a Cold War relic, culminating in the invasion of Ukraine. Expanding NATO further is not in the interests of US citizens,” Rep. Thomas Massie added.

“HARD NO. Russia’s invasion is unjust, but including Ukraine as a member of NATO is essentially a declaration of war. America cannot even agree on a mission statement in Ukraine, and NATO won’t fully fund their own defense. Epically bad idea. Low zero,” Rep. Warren Davidson wrote.

“I’m sure Lindsey Graham knows this, but this would mean American troops on the ground in Ukraine. The American people will not stand by and allow our troops to go die in someone else’s war,” Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted in agreement with Paul, Massie, and Davidson.

Even Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene got in on the Graham-bashing:

Other notable conservatives who aren’t elected members of Congress also pushed back on Graham’s neocon rhetoric.

“Warmonger Lindsey Graham wants to expand NATO to include Ukraine and guarantee an endless proxy war with Russia. I’m sure the the military industrial complex is salivating at the limitless money his resolution would funnel into their coffers. Boooo!! End the endless wars!!” Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk tweeted.

See more notable responses below:

Graham’s very unpopular tweet was posted hours after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reportedly outlined a roadmap for Ukraine becoming a member of the military alliance.


Graham for his part managed to even further anger his fellow Republicans later Friday by posting a tweet in support of the Biden administration’s decision to send controversial cluster bombs to the Ukrainian military.

“I support and appreciate the Biden Administration sending cluster munitions to Ukraine. We must provide the Ukrainians the tools they need to evict the Russian invaders,” he tweeted.

The problems with cluster munitions are many, and President Joe Biden would know. As a senator, he’d been against the use of cluster munitions without the input of Congress, according to The Times of India.

“Cluster bombs have always posed problems for responsible military forces like those of the United States,” he reportedly said in 2006.

“The weapons are very useful militarily, but they also carry a real risk of causing civilian casualties if they are used where civilians are present or if too many submunitions fail to explode when they hit the ground,” he added.

The risk runs so deep that cluster bombs are “banned by a convention signed by more than 100 countries, including many NATO allies,” notes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald.

With this in mind, critics were once again quite displeased with Graham.



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