On Tuesday, several lawmakers of the United States has urged caution in countering recent drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, but Donald Trump’s loyalist senator Lindsey Graham branded the attack as an “act of war” that needs a crucial response.
Mr. Graham has said that it was “clear” that such a complicated drone attack into the world’s largest processing plant and oil facilities in Saudi Arabia could only have originated with involvement and direction from the “evil regime in Iran”.
In a statement, he was quoted saying, “This is literally an act of war and the goal should be to restore deterrence against Iranian aggression which has clearly been lost.”
The Republican Lawmaker and trusted President Trump’s ally tweeted that Washington should consider an attack on Iranian oil refineries, a move that he said: “will break the regime back.”
Mr. Graham has been a defence hawk for years, noted that President Trump’s “measured response” to Iran shooting down a ‘spy’ drone of the US in June “was clearly seen by the Iranian regime as a sign of weakness.”
President Trump pushed back over Twitter has claimed that “no Lindsey, it was a sign of strength that some people just don’t understand!”
A classified update book on the drone attacks was made available to US Senators in a secure location in the United States Capitol.
Other Republicans Senators including Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio has said that they fully believe Iran was “responsible” for the attack in Saudi Arabia.
However, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Jim Risch has cautioned against issuing a rapid-response military attack on the Islamic Republic.
“We’re not anywhere near that point. We’re still in the analysis situation,” he added that he has encouraged lawmakers to study the classified proof on the drone attack in Saudi Arabia.
Congress members have been distinguished over Riyadh since the murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who used to write articles critical of the Kingdom and revealed that he was targeted by agents from Saudi Arab.
On Tuesday, Mr. Graham has appeared quick to support Riyadh, in 2019, he has led the charge to ban some arms sales in the United States to Saudi over the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Mr. Graham further said that “there is no amount of oil that you can produce that will get me and others to give you a pass on chopping somebody up in a consulate.”