Failed presidential candidate and sitting U.S. senator Lindsey Graham is running up the white flag after the House of Saud’s threat of economic terrorism. The Palmetto State princess is usually the toughest talking man in the room – despite his effeminate mannerisms – but he is turtling like the rest of the corrupt coward “leaders’ in Congress. This after the monarchy threatened to dump $750 billion in American investments if a bill that would allow families of terrorist victims to sue state sponsors, in particular the Saudis for 9/11.
The Hill reports that “Lindsey Graham blocks Saudi 9/11 bill”:
Sen. Lindsey Graham has placed a hold on legislation that would open the door for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.
Graham (R-S.C.), who is a co-sponsor of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, put the hold on his own bill over concerns that new changes could expose the U.S. to legal attacks.
Edits made last week by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) might expand the scope, Graham told reporters on Tuesday, potentially putting the U.S. at risk of legal retaliation because of actions by individuals or unsavory allies.
“I want to make sure that anything we do doesn’t come to bite us,” Graham told reporters in the basement of the Senate.
“Anything we do in this bill can be used against us later. So let’s say there’s a situation where you’ve got an American in a consulate or an embassy that’s got their own grudge against a government,” he said. “We want to make sure that we’re not liable for that.”
The lingering unease about the bill’s ramifications hints at the legal minefield that lawmakers need to navigate; the measure has gained new prominence amid President Obama’s travel to Saudi Arabia this week.
Saudi officials have strongly opposed the bill and threatened to sell off $750 billion of U.S. assets should it be enacted.
The White House has come out against the legislation, because of what it claims would be dangerous precedent that could erode the legal system of sovereign immunity.
“If we open up the possibility that individuals and the United States can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries,” Obama said in an interview with CBS broadcast early Tuesday.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) expressed skepticism on Tuesday of the legislation, which is backed by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), who are both leaders in their Senate caucuses.
“I think we need to look at it,” Ryan told reporters at a news conference. “I think we need to review it to make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies and that we’re not catching people in this that shouldn’t be caught up in this.”
Despite the cover story about sovereign immunity, the cheese eating surrender monkeys had no such trepidation before the threat to yank the $750 billion. The sad truth is that our cut and run Congress isn’t about to jeopardize the interests of their financial benefactors, especially in an election year. Senator Graham revels in going on the Sunday morning shows to crow about bombing the enemy of the week but when that enemy has the ability to retaliate he’s as timid as a mouse.