Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blamed President Obama’s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, tweeting Tuesday afternoon that it somehow emboldened the Russians to attack.
Though the Russian incursion into Crimea was motivated principally by Russian strategic concerns after the fall of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Graham blamed American conduct in North Africa:
It started with Benghazi. When you kill Americans and nobody pays a price, you invite this type of aggression. #Ukraine
— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) March 4, 2014
Last month, a GOP House Armed Services Report, which found that there was no plausible way for the United States to have used military force to prevent the Benghazi attack.